Course Outline


CREATING YOUR FUTURE
Course Description

This course develops an understanding of labor market, explores contemporary issues related to employment, identifies the personal and professional skills required for employability, encourages thoughtful career planning, empowers students to create compelling curriculum vitae, personal statements, cover e-mails and online job applications. It also develops a range of strategies that allow the learners to get suitable career opportunities.
Additional Information

Develops appropriate use of the personal and verbal skills needed to succeed in a job interview. Enables an understanding and application of professional behaviors and skills for employment success.   
Course Learning Outcomes

1. Understand and evaluate key aspects of the labor market by exploring contemporary issues related to employment.

2. Identify and reflect upon personal and professional skills and experience, develop strategies for enhancement and use this information in career planning.

3. Create appropriate documentation and self-marketing materials including CV, personal statement, cover email and online job applications.

4. Use a range of skills and strategies to find suitable job opportunities.

5. Use the personal and verbal skills needed to succeed in a job interview.

6. Understand and apply professional behaviors and skills for employment success.
Delivery Framework

Course Orientation.

Understanding the work environment.

Research industry sectors internationally and locally.

Learn about occupations and organizations.

The advantages and the disadvantages of working in different sectors.

Learn about support for business start-ups.

Explore the changing needs of the market, and areas of high growth for graduates.

Understanding yourself.

Use career-related questionnaires and activities to explore one's own personality types, skills, interests, work values, and attitudes.

Reflect on these findings, developing insight and self-awareness.

Review the major theories and concepts that explain human personality, motivation and employee attitudes.

Career Planning.

Demonstrate awareness of one's own abilities and achievements and possible academic pathways.

Set realistic short-term and medium-term goals.

Understand the process of creating a personal career development plan.

Job Search Strategies.

Explore and evaluate the current job and career opportunities and requirements.
Conduct a targeted job search.

Learn how to identify and use a professional network.

Self-Marketing.

Create/update CV in an appropriate format suitable for obtaining job interviews.

Formulate original and relevant personal statements.

Create an online profile using professional social media such as LinkedIn and practice completing online application forms.

Write a cover e-mail for a particular post.

Learn how to present a positive image in interviews.

Create a professional portfolio.

Professional behavior and skills in the workplace – suggested topics for student-led workshops.

NB: The above content is adapted to the needs of the students. Not all questions need to be covered, and students or faculty may choose alternative topics.

Professional communication.

Teamwork and leadership.

Entrepreneurship.

Negotiation and mediation skills.

Diversity in the workplace.

Decision-making and problem-solving.

Managing stress and work-life balance.

Time management, setting priorities.

Customer service.

Identify, analyze and re-frame common negative workplace behaviors.

Work placement orientation (optional).

Understand the work placement processes and assessments.

Understand employer expectations.

Research potential host organizations and make an informed choice.


Teaching and Learning Strategies

Each course topic will be taught in both a theoretical and practical manner. Students will have the opportunity to assess themselves and will integrate self-knowledge and skills. Each subject area will be covered in the following manner:

1. Introduction of concept in class, through Blackboard Learn and online discussions, using various formats such as lectures, workshops, class activities and case studies. Students are expected to complete the required preparation prior to class and actively participate in class discussions. Active participation is required for both acquisition of theoretical knowledge as well as mastery of skills.

2. Observation of practical application of concept. Guest speakers, field trips and videos will be used to enhance student understanding of the application of skills in the local work environment. Students are encouraged to attend events such as career fairs and company open days.

3. Active learning through self-assessment, role play, creation of documents and/or presentation. Hands-on activities will give students a holistic integration of skills. It is recommended to allocate a considerable amount of class time to project work and ongoing feedback, and for students to start building their e-folio early in the semester.

4. Self-reflection. Students reflect upon their learning and areas of growth with regards to career-related skills.
Assessment Strategies

1. Coursework - Oral Presentation: 20%
Group report based on an informational interview with a person working in a field related to the students’ program. Students are graded individually on their contribution, presentation and reflection.
(Outcomes: 1)

2. Coursework - Practical Skills Assessment: 10%
As part of a practice job application, students find a suitable job advertisement and produce a CV and cover email that target that job.
(Outcomes: 3,4)

3. Coursework - Practical Skills Assessment: 20%
As part of a practice job application, students take part in a mock job   interview, and evaluate and reflect on their own performance.
(Outcomes: 2,5)

4. Coursework - Oral Presentation: 20%
Group presentation on a topic related to work place behaviors and skills. Students research and present key concepts and lead a class discussion and activities. They are graded individually on their contribution, presentation and reflection.
(Outcomes: 6)

5. Final Assessment - Portfolio: 30%
Student career e-portfolio showing evidence of self-exploration and learning over the semester.
(Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6)

Total Weight: 100%






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