Career Planning Course
The Career Planning Course (CPC) is an opportunity for you to become more of an expert in yourself, to make the most of your time at Tufts and prepare for your career after Tufts. It is the start of a partnership with you and Tufts Public Health and Professional Degree Programs Career Services. CPC is a mandatory career development course for MPH and HCOM students during their first semester and is designed to ensure that students focus on their long-term career goals from the beginning. Career Services staff will take students through the career development cycle from self-assessment to formal interviewing strategies to ensure that students are prepared to pursue internships, on-campus jobs, part-time jobs, Applied Learning Experiences (ALE), and ultimately their first job out of graduate school.
We want you to have the best possible preparation for career success, whether that is your search for an ALE, internship, part-time or full-time role. Your degree is an investment, and career preparation is a key foundational piece. Career management is a process that you will have to replicate throughout your life, so we want to empower you to have the most necessary tools for this non-linear and oftentimes frustrating process. Tufts feels strongly about providing our students every advantage possible to be successful in an increasingly competitive job market.
In addition, employers have noted that recent graduates need improvement regarding career management and communication skills. This theme is present in many different industries. For example, the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) surveyed a range of employers about the career readiness of recent graduates. Only 17.3% of employers said new graduates were proficient in career management and 41.6% reported proficiency in oral/written communications. Similarly, an employer survey by staffing company Adecco, shows similar results about candidates lacking career management and communication skills.
In your job search – as in your professional positions – you will need to communicate to various audiences. This skill is relevant to career planning as you will need to communicate your most related experiences and skills to your target audience of employers. This skill was highlighted in the Public Health Workforce Interests and Needs Survey and as a necessary trainee skill by NIH. Because of the above factors, many graduate-level programs are implementing mandatory career development programming to ensure their students achieve career success. We are here to help develop those skills along your career path.
At the conclusion of the course, it is the goal that each student will have enhanced self-awareness and tools to communicate professionally to various target audiences and carry out the steps to the intern, ALE, or job search successfully to reach individual career goals.