Career Exploration (CARE)

Why Enroll in the CARE Program?

While many students come to college with a major in mind, other students come to college unsure of their career path. The CARE program provides students with the tools and strategies that they need to make informed decisions regarding degree selection and learning what career opportunities will become available with completion of that degree.

In addition, the CARE program offers students the opportunity to learn valuable career related skills associated with resume and cover letter writing, interviewing, networking, building a career portfolio, and learning transferable skills.

The Career Exploration Course

CARE 102 – Career and Education Planning

The CARE 102 course is a three-credit hour class that guides you through the career decision-making process. CARE 102 offers you opportunities for self-evaluation, career and educational planning, and the development of decision-making skills. CARE faculty members help you explore career development as a lifelong process through the use of self-assessment inventories, group discussion, and individual projects.

CARE 201 - Career Skills

CARE 201 is a one-credit hour course that will prepare you to become career ready by developing successful skills and strategies focused on completing job applications, writing resumes, and writing cover letters. In addition, you will be connected with career resources on campus and around the community.

CARE 202 – Career Skills

CARE 202 is a one-credit hour course that will prepare you to become career ready by developing successful skills and strategies focused on interviewing and professional etiquette. In addition, you will be connected with career resources on campus and around the community.

CARE 203 – Career Skills

CARE 203 is a one-credit hour course that will prepare you to become career ready by developing successful skills and strategies focused on creating a career portfolio, learning how to network, and learning valuable transferable skills. In addition, you will be connected with career resources on campus and around the community.

The Academic Advisor

The Academic Advisor for all CARE students is the instructor of the Ferris State University Seminar courses - FSUS 100 and 101. This advisor, selected from the many faculty and professional staff who specialize in helping to guide students who have not yet selected a program, can help you define and develop realistic goals, identify special needs, match you with available resources, monitor progress toward educational and career goals, and discuss linkages between academic preparation and the world of work.

The Best of Both Worlds

In addition to identifying potential major programs or career fields, you may complete your class schedule by enrolling in courses that meet the University graduation requirements of Communication Competence, Scientific Understanding, Quantitative Skills, Cultural Enrichment, and Social Awareness. Every effort is made to help you select required courses that will support your subsequent work in the major field.

The Ferris Career Exploration Program is an ideal way to begin college and make progress toward a degree while looking at different career options.

For program curriculum information contact:

Dr. Deedee Stakley
Interim Department Chair
(231) 591-2807
DeedeeStakley@ferris.edu

For application, registration and orientation questions contact:

Shelly VandePanne
Director of Academic Student Success
(231) 591-2360
ShellyVandePanne@ferris.edu