This assignment is an individual assignment, and is worth 100% of the marks for this module.
This assignment requires you to create a Career Development Portfolio of reflections, and related appendices, to demonstrate your learning. The portfolio requires you to present evidence of being able to select job opportunities, to understand what skills and competencies are likely to be expected, to be able to set personal development goals, and to consider your further career development.
1. The job opportunities out there:
Identify 2 relevant graduate-level job opportunities or graduate schemes that would interest you, and include the details in the appendices to your Portfolio. Consider the responsibilities, competencies, and work experience, that may be expected for these roles, and evaluate the future job prospects that they could offer. Compose the application for both job opportunities and include both completed applications in the appendices to your portfolio. You should include, in the appendices, an up to date curriculum vitae (CV) adapted to be suitable for application to each of these roles.
2. The selection process:
Explain – and justify with supporting material (you must reference this appropriately) – what selection methods would be suitable for these 2 roles, and which you think would be unsuitable. It is important that you are suitably well-informed for an interview, assessment centre, test, or other selection process. From the job description, reflect on how you should prepare for these 2 selection processes.
3. Personal development goals:
Reflect on the skills that you have that are relevant to the 2 graduate job opportunities, above. Explain what further personal development is needed in order to be a suitable candidate for the job opportunities you have identified here, and other roles that you aspire to later in your career.
4. Further career development.
Building on your personal development goals, explain – with reasons – your future career aspirations. Select 3 skills and competencies, from the following 4, you need to improve on:
• Leadership Skills,
• Effective Problem-Solving Techniques,
• Resilience, and
You are required to complete suitable training and/ or skills development in these 3 areas on the FutureLearn and/ or the LinkedIn Learning platforms. It is vital that you include evidence, in the appendices to your Portfolio, of the tasks you undertook to develop these skills, e.g. the certificate of completion from FutureLearn / LinkedIn Learning. You must also evaluate the Learning Resources you used (i.e. state where they were useful and suitable for your aspirations, and where they were unhelpful). Explain what you learnt and whether you need to learn more in each of your 3 chosen skill or competency areas.
NOTE: The word count in your Portfolio is limited to 2000 words (see below). There is no word limit in the Appendices. The content of the Appendices should be referred to in the main Portfolio text.
NOTE: The Portfolio text (ie. the 2000 words) must include:
• Consideration of the responsibilities, competencies, and work experience, that may be expected for these roles, and evaluation of the future job prospects that they could offer (see item 1 above).
• Your explanation, and its justification, of the suitability of various employment selection methods; and your reflection on your approach to preparation (see item 2 above).
• Your reflection on the skills you have and the skills you need to develop for future career development (see item 3 above).
• Your evaluation of the Learning Resources you used, and explanation of what you learnt and remaining competency gaps (see item 4 above).
NOTE: The appendices MUST include the following: details of 2 relevant graduate-level job opportunities or schemes; your completed applications to both and the related CVs; and evidence of the tasks you undertook to develop these skills, e.g. certificates.
NOTE: You will find suitable resources on either the FutureLearn or the LinkedIn Learning platforms. These offer tools to address your skills gaps or to further develop your skills. As a Coventry University student, you have free access to these platforms. See also: www.prospects.ac.uk for useful information on job searching and application.