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COUNS 110 - Career Life Planning - Diane Solomon

Course:Career Life Planning
Professor:Diane Solomon
  • Online
Course Length:
  • 5 Week


Photo of Professor Diane Solomon

Welcome to Counseling 110, Career- Life Planning

When I was a child, I wanted to be a singer, an actress, a doctor, a veterinarian, a photographer, a psychologist and a sign language translator. I could not make up my mind. I wanted to do it all. Every time I would see a new movie or television show, I wanted to do that career or job. As I got older, I discovered that I didn’t like the sign of blood or the smell in hospitals. I wasn’t a good singer or actress. I started to explore things that I liked to do and things I was good at, like helping people. In 1996, I was hired by College of the Canyons and have been here ever since. I am honored to have you in my class and be there for you when you start your journey to find the best fitting career path for you.  If you have any questions that need to be answered in advance, feel free to send me an emailI will respond to you within 48 hours. Please write COUNS 110 in the subject line.

 I am looking forward to having you in my class.   

Course Description

Career & Life Planning 110 introduces self-assessment tools to identify college majors and careers by clarifying interests, skills, abilities, values and personality type. Students will examine the decision-making process, self-management, life roles and goal setting. Includes a review of labor market trends, career research, interviewing skills, resume and cover letter writing and job search strategies.



What to Expect in this Course

This course will provide you with the skills necessary to find the best fitting career for you. The goal of this course is to assist you in the decision making process of selecting the best fitting career path for you. You will be on a journey to assess, explore, and research all of your options.

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  1. Explain how the assessment of personal characteristics such as values, skills, interests, life roles and personality relate to effective career and life
  2. Utilize specific job search techniques.
  3. Analyze trends and issues in the changing workplace and explain how they may affect the student's job
  4. Explore and apply career development information through the use of technology.
  5. Analyze occupational decision-making models and implement a specific model for a career
  6. Explain how specific job acquisition skills can be utilized to obtain employment.
  7. Differentiate between and develop short and long-term
  8. Demonstrate successful collaborative workplace and group setting behaviors through classroom
  9. Assess the physiological and psychological indicators for managing stress in the
  10. Analyze personal career advancement

Types of Assessments

Discussion boards and activities

Textbook Information

OER Textbook can be found at

We will be using Open Educational Resources (OER) materials for this course! There is no cost to you as a student – all the materials necessary for this course are FREE to you and will be available through Canvas in an online format. If you wish to purchase the Counseling 110 OER text in a hard copy format, you will be able to do so in the bookstore for a small fee.

Other Relevant Course Information

Important on First Day of Class 

To avoid being dropped from this course as a No Show, you must login to the course website on Canvas and complete the syllabus Quiz by 11:59 p.m. on the first day of class.  If you do not complete this assignment by the deadline, you will be dropped from this course.  It is not enough to login to the Canvas course, you must also complete the discussion board activity to be counted as present in the course.


This is a 3-unit letter graded course. This class is CSU transferable and fulfills the CSU GE Area E - Lifelong Learning and Self Development requirement and also counts towards elective units for an associate degree

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

College of the Canyons AAC provides educational services and access for eligible students with documented disabilities who intend to pursue coursework at COC. A variety of programs and services are available which afford eligible students with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of the college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations. For more information on their services visit the Academic Accomodation Center website.

Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

Often the pressure on our students is very strong, involving academic commitments, relationships, outside jobs and family pressure to name a few. The staff and faculty of College of the Canyons are here to see you succeed academically and care about your emotional and physical health. You can learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including counseling and mental health services available on campus by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center in the Student Services Building (across from the bookstore). The phone number is 661-362-3259 that you can call 24/7. You can also e mail for an appointment at At the Canyon Country Campus the Health Center will be in the new Student Services Building.

Also, the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline number is now 988. All students at COC are encouraged to enter that phone number in their cells. You can call it when you, or someone you know, is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress.

You can also now use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. Someone will get back to you immediately. Its free, 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

The College of the Canyons Veterans Resource Center is a department within the Student Services Division at the college, created to help veterans and veteran dependents with applying to College of the Canyons, enrolling in classes, and requesting VA Education or Vocational Benefits. For more information please visit the Veterans Resource Center website, email or phone (661) 362-3469.


The Library provides live online and in-person research help, access to a full range of e-resources and physical materials that support the curriculum, individual and group study areas, and much more!

Last updated: 08/22/2023 Sub#: 720