BSS030-2 Assignment 1: Written Introduction and Portfolio

This assignment is designed to enable you to become business-ready and to utilize your remaining studies to enable you to compete
successfully in your chosen graduate employment sector.
1. You will produce an introductory written summary (1,000 words). In this you will analyse how the initial activities have prepared
you for work. Comment on the use of social media in the form of a personal website and benefit of ‘Linked In’ contacts to promote
yourself and network. Also, analyse how the skills audit questionnaire completion has enabled you to evaluate gaps in your
knowledge and skills. Comment on how the interview with an employer and additional research into the company enabled you to
prepare tailored documentation based on the current requirements of your chosen industry. In addition you will need to evaluate
your strengths and weaknesses, identifying how well you currently meet person specifications for the sort of positions you hope to
gain after your first degree.
2. You will produce appendices comprising documentation required for the various stages of the application process.
Submission Deadline Marks and Feedback
Before 10am on:
SEM 1 20_21 Assignment 1
Before 10 am on Friday 6 November 2020
20 working days after deadline (L4, 5 and 7)
15 working days after deadline (L6)
10 working days after deadline (block delivery)
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Unit title & code Planning Careers and Employability BSS030-2 (Sem 1 20_21)
Assignment number and title Assignment 1 ‘Fail to Plan, and you Plan to Fail’
Assessment type Written Introduction and Portfolio
Weighting of assessment 40%
Size or length of assessment 1,000 word Introductory summary plus 6 appendices
Unit learning outcomes 1. Demonstrate the following knowledge and understanding
• Evaluate the current developments in recruitment and the requirements for
successful employability
2. Demonstrate the following skills and abilities
• Articulate a personal development plan to strengthen and evidence your capabilities
and demonstrate what you have to offer employers through different phases of the
application and selection process
The appendices to include:
Completion of the Skills Audit Questionnaire using ‘STAR’ to give clear examples
Interview an employer on what they look for in a graduate and complete research on the company suitable for interview preparation
Completion of a Tailored Application Form
Compose your Tailored CV with links to Personal Profile and
‘Linked In’ profile with contacts added
What do I need to do to pass? (Threshold Expectations from UIF)
In order to pass Assignment 1 you will need to:
• Identify quantifiable gaps in your knowledge and personal skills through the process of completing a gap analysis
utilizing and producing documentation required for the application process currently in operation for industries
relevant to your course.
How do I produce high quality work that merits a good grade?
We will be filling this section in together in class on Click or tap to enter a date. make sure you have downloaded/printed out the
Assignment Brief and bring it to the session with you.
How does assignment relate to what we are doing in scheduled sessions?
The assignment allows you to showcase what you have learnt in the scheduled sessions in a manner that prepares you for
real job applications. It develops you as a person in relation to knowing yourself better, and how to differentiate what you
can bring to the company, particularly when making applications for graduate schemes and for professional roles.
In the scheduled sessions you will develop high level communication, interpersonal skills and digital and information skills
that prepare you for functioning in complex, multi-cultural and multi-professional environments. This is achieved through
interactive lectures followed by group work, relevant experiences which take you out of your comfort zone and develop soft
skills, employer talks and discussion activities that draw on your experiences and build confidence. The unit is designed to
inspire you to enjoy learning and have high and realistic ambitions. It is fully supported by Breo.
Topics covered in the first 6 weeks include:
Online presence – preparing a Personal WIX and ‘Linked In’ profile with contacts.
Skills Gap analysis and initial development planning
Looking at ‘Prospects’ and’ Target’ to know the market and shape your dreams
Employer interviewing and research, career office and professional body information
Preparation of documentation. Tailored Application Form, Tailored CV
Online tests and telephone interviews

How will my assignment be marked?
Your assignment will be marked according to the threshold expectations and the criteria on the following page.
You can use them to evaluate your own work and consider your grade before you submit.

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