- Dr Helen West (Associate Professor in Environmental Biology, Faculty of Science, University of Nottingham - University of Nottingham)
- Paul Courtney ( - )
- Professor Pat Heslop-Harrison (Professor - University of Leicester)
|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Supplementary Assessment||Students must take elements that are equivalent to those that led to failure of the module||100%|
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Reflect in depth on workplace experience (Stream 1)
2. Identify strengths and weaknesses and identify strategies for addressing the latter (Stream 1)
3. Communicate experience in ways expected by employers (Stream 1)
4. Plan for a future career-enhancing strategy (Stream 1)
5. Develop and maintain a portfolio for future reflection on work experiences beyond the end of the module (Stream 1)
1. Reflect in depth on workplace experience (Stream 2)
2. Identify qualities required for successful entry into a career (Stream 2)
3. Identify strategies for success in recruitmentand interview/business start-up (Stream 2)
4. Effectively communicate employability aspects of careers development to peers (Stream 2)
5. Reflect on future career development (Stream 2)
Stream 2: Students with substantial experience of graduate level employment,or who have started up and run their own business, or who have already completed a degree-related IBERS work module (e.g. those transferring in from foundation schemes) will reflect on their experience in the context of employability development with the aim of producing supportive resources for their peers. Instead of the 50 hours work experience and reflective diary, stream 2 students will be expected to produce a briefing document, aimed at their fellow students, which is a profile of their career focussing on skills, challenges and opportunities. In addtion stream 2 students will be expected to produce a short 10 minute presentation followed by a Q&A session again aimed at their fellow students. Entry to stream 2 will be subject to staff approval and dependent on strict qualifying criteria.
Degree scheme coordinators are at liberty to identify degree-related work placements if they feel this is academically desirable and can be provided for all of the students taking their degree. This will be the responsibility of scheme coordinators.
Students will keep a reflective diary for the first 50 hours of their work. A pro-forma will be provided and students will be expected to make an entry once per working day (or contiguous 8 hour period if part-time). Students will be supported by online resources (provided on Blackboard (and as downloadable/printable packages for those who do not have internet access). The reflective diary will form part of their portfolio.
Once 50 hours of experience have been completed, students will undertake a series of exercises aimed at raising awareness of the skills they have developed, the way in which these are perceived by employers and how their achievements can be communicated. The exercises will be developed in consultation with CAS.
Students will also be expected to compile a portfolio containing (in addition to the journal):
a. evidence of the work period
b. a completed skills audit (based on the current APPR)
c. evidence of engagement with CAS during year 2
d. a SMART plan of action identifying steps to be taken in year 3
e. a CV incorporating the experience gained during the placement.
Appropriate templates will be provided which will allow students to build further work experience into the portfolio which will expand and remain a resource long after the end of the module.
Students must submit their request to enter stream 2, accompanied by the appropriate evidence, before the end of the 1st year.
Students will produce a 3000 word profile in which they describe the following elements with the specific aim of raising awareness of stream 1 students.
For those with experience of graduate level work the profile should describe how the individual entered the profession, what skills they needed to secure the job and the recruitment process, what skills they developed during the job, how the job developed during their time, the career path they followed, challenges and opportunities the job presented and a description of a typical 'day in the life'.
For those who have started and run their own business a profile describing the process of starting up the business (finance, marketing, sources of advice and help), how the business was developed, challenges and opportunities, dealing with 'the state', skills needed to start up and skills developed during the process and a typical 'day in the life'
In addition students will be expected to produce a 10 minute presentation summarising their profiles and aimed at their peers followed by a short Q&A session with the audience.
Students will also be expected to compile a portfolio containing:
a. a completed skills audit (based on the current APPR)
b. evidence of engagement with CAS during year 2
c. a SMART plan of action identifying steps to be taken in year 3
d. a CV incorporating the experience gained.
|Skills Type||Skills details|
|Application of Number|
|Communication||Communicating work-related experiences and skills development in an employer friendly way (CV) and to other students (stream 2)|
|Improving own Learning and Performance||Reflecting on experiences, identifying skills deficits and opportunities for skills improvement (reflective diary and plan or profile & presentation)|
|Personal Development and Career planning||Reflecting on achievements/experiences and integrating these into their CV supported by engagement with CAS and production of a career enhancement plan|
|Research skills||Identifying further opportunities for development in their career enhancement plan|
|Subject Specific Skills|
This module is at CQFW Level 5