English for Career Development


Offered by:

University of Pennsylvania

The University of Pennsylvania (commonly referred to as Penn) is a private university, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. A member of the Ivy League, Penn is the fourth-oldest institution of higher education in the United States, and considers itself to be the first university in the United States with both undergraduate and graduate studies.

About this Course

Welcome to English for Career Development, a course created by the University of Pennsylvania, and funded by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Office of English Language Programs.

To enroll in this course for free, click on “Enroll now” and then select “Full Course. No certificate.”
This course is designed for non-native English speakers who are interested in advancing their careers in the global marketplace. In this course, you will learn about the job search, application, and interview process in the United States, while comparing and contrasting the same process in your home country. This course will also give you the opportunity to explore your global career path, while building your vocabulary and improving your language skills to achieve your professional goals. The first unit in this course will introduce the U.S. job application process and provide strategies for identifying the jobs that match your interests and skills. Unit 2 will take you through the steps necessary to produce a professional-looking resume. In unit 3, you will work to develop a clear and concise cover letter. The final unit of the course focuses on networking and interview skills. Anyone may take this course for free. If you want to get a Coursera Verified Certificate for free, please fill out the Financial Aid form. Unless otherwise noted, all course materials are available for re-use, re-purposing and free distribution under a Creative Commons 4.0 Attribution license. Supplemental reading materials were provided by Newsela, which publishes daily news articles at a level that’s just right for each English language learner.


  1. Brian McManus (Language Specialist).
  2. Robyn Turner (Senior Language Specialist).

What you will learn from this course:

  1. Unit 1: Entering the Job Market
    In this unit you will learn about the steps in the job search process.
  2. Unit 2: Resumes
    In this unit, you will learn how to describe yourself and your experiences in a resume. The unit will also help you build your job-related vocabulary.
  3. Unit 3: Writing a Cover Letter
    This unit focuses on another important document for job-seekers: the cover letter. You will learn how to write a clear cover letter that tells employers why you are the right person for the job.
  4. Unit 4: Networking
    This unit will teach job-seekers language for meeting new people, making small talk, and describing.
  5. Unit 5: Interviewing For a Job
    This unit is about the question-and-answer process of job interviews, and will help prepare learners to present themselves well in interviews.

This course videos subtitled in several languages.

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  1. Abdallah Adam Fadallah Edam says

    I wish to be with you and join your wonderful courses, I love English to much
    I hope God help you to be fine,
    And I love you to accept my request.
    Thank you very much.

  2. Abdallah Adam Fadallah Edam says

    I hope to accept my request,
    And it’s a great idea to create such this subject,
    My best wishes to you.

  3. Abdallah Adam Fadallah Edam says

    I do thank you

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