NCL2010 : Career Management Module (Inactive)

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


To succeed in the increasingly complex and competitive global landscape of graduate employment, students must be equipped sufficiently with the skills required to manage their career. People are working for longer and most can expect to follow a portfolio career with several changes of direction. It is therefore essential that students of all disciplines are equipped with the employability skills required to be able to plan ahead, and to develop their commercial awareness and graduate attributes in order to successfully manage their career.
This module aims to enable students to understand and apply theories relating to career management and to identify, select and make effective use of relevant current careers information resources when making career decisions and to inform career management in practise.
Through engaging with this module students will be able to:
1.       Select and use effectively defined career management skills and attributes to advance their career thinking and lifelong learning.
2.       Successfully identify and reflect on skills and knowledge gained through their current course of study and relate this to a workplace context.
3.       Use existing and new knowledge to create and develop a personal career strategy to support progression beyond Higher Education.

Outline Of Syllabus


1. Module resources (Blackboard/Handbook/Eportfolio)
2. Module outcomes, teaching and assessment overview
3. Skills audit & other self-reflection tools

Career Theory

1. What is a career? Introduction to classic career development/management theories and
career typologies. Which style of theory do I relate to?


1. Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Introduction and questionnaires, reported type and self-assessed type and related activities

Employability skills

1. What employers really want, reflection on skills gained during your studies
2. Understanding definitions of key skills sought by employers and how to develop these from your degree & ncl+

Utilising Labour Market Intelligence
1. Critically evaluating the reliability of these sources, including the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Highfliers, Skillset and other secondary data sources

Researching and using careers information
1. How to find jobs including the use of social media, occupational profiles and directories
2. Analysing the pros/cons of Prospects Planner and other diagnostic tools

Professional Behaviours - managing the transition from student to professional life
1. Awareness of differing work cultures in organisations
2. Making the most of work experience

Commercial and Global Awareness.
1. What does this mean in different contexts?

1. The power of both face-to-face and online networking
2. Practise role play opportunity

Making use of Social Media
1. For assignment and networking – LinkedIn, Pinterest etc.
2. Introduce creative angle of assignment, using introduced tools and awareness of others to explore

Recruitment Practices
1. Review of different recruitment practices and a critique of each

Converting experience into evidence for applications      

1. Providing evidence to prospective employers
2. Practical sessions using common competencies when developing a CV and application form answers and preparing for interviews

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00Student support - email, drop in and additional tutorials
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture32:006:00Career management lectures (Networking and two guest speaker sessions).
Guided Independent StudySkills practice130:0030:00Student-led group activity
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching10:300:301-1 tutorials
Guided Independent StudyProject work125:0025:00Conducting research
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops172:0034:00Career management skill development sessions
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity114:0014:00Self-reflection activities
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery21:002:00Preparation for assessments
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study158:3058:30Working through study aids and conducting secondary research
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Training is provided at the beginning of the module to introduce the aims and objectives of the module, the learning outcomes and assessment methods and to enable students to use the resources provided on Blackboard and on E-Portfolio. A series of lectures introduce the concept of career theory, how to utilise labour market intelligence and how to make a successful transition from Higher Education to a destination of students’ choosing, focusing on behavioural factors that underpin graduate employability and long-term career planning and career management skills.

Small group sessions are used to enable discussion on key themes of the module. Theories of personal and professional development are introduced and illustrated by the students. Resources are provided to enable students to choose a context within which they are expected to practise labour market intelligence research and to demonstrate experiential learning through reflection and critical analysis and continuous improvement of transition skills.

Practical workshops enable students to engage in a series of activities to develop their understand of personality type and its impact on career decision making (self-awareness); to identify, critique and use labour market intelligence (opportunity awareness); and to develop their employability skills through effective self-marketing (transition skills).

Facilitated peer-to-peer support sessions are used to facilitate discussion of the assessment criteria and to help them to prepare for assessment. Tutorials and self-directed learning resources are provided throughout the module that enable students to create links between their careers research and the knowledge and skills they have acquired though attending lectures, group work and workshops. Self-directed learning resources are available from Blackboard which have been designed to be completed pre and post attendance at formal teaching and learning sessions and, in combination with directed learning opportunities, provide students with a comprehensive framework to support their progress through the module.

The aims of the module are drawn from the Newcastle University Graduate Skills Framework. Students will achieve the learning outcomes for the module through full engagement with the activities indicated above.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1M50Career theory review; reflection on personal skills; strategy for development including methods of research (2000 words)
Portfolio2M50Path to a career within an industry of choice. Reviewing practice, professional behaviours and developing a personal career strateg
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Oral Presentation1MGroup presentation - Peer support for understanding key module concepts before assignment 1
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The assessment components are designed to develop and reward effective performance as described in the Newcastle University Graduate Skills Framework provided for the students (linked to definitions of employability in Newcastle University and sources such as www.prospects.ac.uk).
For Assignment 1, students are expected to conduct secondary research. The first, written assessment consists of a report containing a review of career theories; providing both a critique and an application to self. A reflection on personal skills and a strategy for career development including methods of further research are required. This assignment relates to the module knowledge learning outcomes of:
Understand and apply theories relating to career management when making career decisions
Identify, select and make effective use of relevant current careers information resources to inform career management in practice

The deadline is the end of January exam period and the weighting is 50% of the module mark.
Assignment 2 will require both primary and secondary research and comprises the presentation of a portfolio of evidence on “My path to a career within an industry of my choosing”. This will include reviewing recruitment practices, social media and networking, commercial and global awareness, and professional behaviours and will consider how to turn experience into evidence. Evidence of primary research gathered through networking with people in the sector is required. Students must include a personal career strategy, reflecting on the implications of their findings for their own career choices and how they move forward.

This assignment relates to the module skills learning outcomes of:
Select and effectively use defined career management skills and attributes to advance career thinking and lifelong learning.
Successfully identify and reflect on skills and knowledge gained through current course of study and relate this to a workplace context.
Use existing and new knowledge to create and develop a personal career strategy to support progression beyond Higher Education.
Develop transition skills of writing effective applications and performing at interview.

The deadline is the end of April and the weighting is 50% of the module mark.

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