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CEG8008 : Professional Skills and Career Development for Engineers

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Ms Gigi Herbert
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


To develop students' self-awareness and the ability to self-manage, proactively interact and ethically apply knowledge and skills in a work-related context.

The Professional Skills for Engineers module offers students the opportunity to undertake work-related learning to develop and compile evidence in relation to professional competences and standards relevant for their career intentions. Through engagement with the module, students will enhance their employability, develop their understanding of how to be successful in current recruitment and selection processes, and learn professional development skills that will help them plan and manage their early career development.

Outline Of Syllabus

Successful graduate engineers need to be able to assess and analyse their skills in order to articulate and evidence the core professional skills and attributes valued in industry as well as by a wide range of graduate employers. This, alongside the ability to proactively plan and manage their personal professional development, is essential to career progression and achieving professional accreditation in industry (e.g. ICE, I-Struct-E, CIWEM, APM).

Supported by their module tutor, students will reflect on and manage their own learning and development through a series of seminars, workshops and preparation and consolidation activities.

Students will complete a minimum of 70 hours of direct engagement with the host organisation. The work placement provides a context for the practical development of core professional skills whilst contributing towards the aims of the host organisation.

Topics and themes address in module teaching will include:

* Module introduction and induction

* Developing organisation and commercial awareness: Resources for understanding organisations

* Exploring industry: Employers, occupations, and sectors. Understanding routes into industry and routes to career progression, exploring trends in occupations, sectors and industries.

* Understanding professionalism: What are professional and occupational standards and why do they matter? Using professional and occupational standards to inform your development goals

* Professional self-management skills: Reflection and experiential learning, resilience, growth mind set and responding to challenges and setbacks, building on strengths, understanding yourself/understanding others.

* Professional self-management skills: Exploring career values and motivations - how do these relate to the different types of roles in industry? What resources are available to explore career options and matches?

* Professional self-management skills: Developing self-awareness - understanding yourself and others, developing emotional intelligence.

* Professional self-management skills: Strategies for self and project management, time management and organisation, developing enterprising behaviours and creating opportunities.

* Professional self-management skills: Goal setting and action planning, benchmarking and analysing skills and attributes.

* Professional interaction skills: Positive professional impressions, communicating professionalism, establishing expectations and 'managing up', negotiation and influencing skills, managing difficult conversations.

* Professional interaction skills: How our strengths and weaknesses impact our effectiveness; bringing out the best in ourselves and others; management or leadership; you don't have to be a leader to lead.

* Professional interaction skills: Networking to further your career - including face-to-face and online networking.

* Professional communication skills: Principles of effective communication, communicating with lay or non-specialists, communicating for different purposes.

* Articulating your skills and strengths: understanding recruitment and selections process (competence and strength-based, video interviewing and assessment centres)

* Employer and Alumni panel: reflection on their experience of making the transition to graduate employment

* Preparing for assessment: workshops introducing assessment components (Semester 1 and Semester 2)

* Further learning and teaching support through individual tutorials, small group work and drop-in surgeries

* Individual 1:1 tutorials: review preparation/performance for module assessment

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

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