Employability Skills-Portfolio

Description 1. Develop employability skills and increase self-awareness within a range of contexts to demonstrate a commitment to lifelong career development learning 2. Apply and critically appraise a range of theories of career development 3. Analyse and evaluate sources of local, regional and global opportunities relevant to career ideas, interests and ambitions 4. Produce a professional CV, online profile, action plan and develop digital literacy skills for work This Coursework is worth 100% of the total marks for this module. Employability Skills This Employability Skills module is a 10-week programme and your assessment grades from this module will go towards your final degree mark. During your 10-week Employability skills programme, you will attend 10 lectures and 10 tutorial sessions In each lecture, you will research and evaluate a variety of theories, concepts and principles. You will prepare for an interview at the end of this module which you will reflect on as part of the ‘critical reflection’ assignment as instructed on page 4 of this document. During the tutorials, you will work both individually and as part of a group, to complete practical tasks tailored for your programme of study: BSc (Hons) Business Management Assignment Questions Over 10 weeks, you will work towards increasing your self-awareness and developing your employability skills in order to be successful in gaining a job within your sector (related to your programme of study). Your lessons will be broken down into three main themes:  ‘KNOW YOURSELF AND KNOW YOUR SECTOR’ Weeks 1 to 3 are about developing your self-awareness.  ‘KNOW YOUR SECTOR’ Weeks 4 to 6 focus on commercial awareness, values and ethics.  ‘LET THEM KNOW YOU’ Weeks 7 to 10 will be about developing your employability portfolio and reflecting on your skills. This will include mock interviews and an elevator pitch. This written assignment should be in a report format and must reflect on the themes from the course as outlined below: COURSEWORK 100% Submission deadline: Thursday 25th April before 2pm For this coursework assignment you are required to write in a report format, and you must reflect on the themes from the module as outlined below. COURSEWORK includes a word limit of 2500 words (+/- 10%), with elements (a-f) in your appendices: Know yourself Learning Outcomes  Write a brief overview of what you are studying and what your career aspirations are (use your elevator pitch).  Critically appraise the Clifton Gallup Strengths and Johari’s Window theories in relation to career development.  Identify your key strengths for your desired career choice based on these two theories.  Discuss how you can apply elements of these theories to achieve your career aspirations. Know your sector Learning Outcomes  Compare and contrast two companies in your sector – what are their history, values and ethics? (choose two varied sizes e.g. local/regional or regional/global)  To what extent do elements of each company’s values and ethics align with yours?  Research a current job title of interest in your sector and identify from the job description and specification key tasks and the essential/desirable skills required (include evidence in your appendices)  To what extent does your CV and LinkedIn profile demonstrate you have the essential and desirable skills for the job you have researched? (Give specific examples)  Identify and analyse a professional qualification you could acquire alongside your degree to increase your chances of being selected for this position. Let them know you Learning Outcomes  How can networking help you become more commercially aware of your sector? (you should relate aspects of theory specifically to your sector)  Reflect on the networking events you have attended and the experience you had; discuss what skills you used during these events and any benefits of attending.  Reflect on your performance in the mock interview, including your application of the STAR method; give an example for why your chosen company should employ you based on this experience (Choose a company you have already researched for this assignment).  Reflect on what you have learnt about yourself throughout the whole module and what skills you need to further develop to be successful in your career ambitions (give specific examples) Appendices (not included in the word count) Learning Outcomes a) Provide your Gallup Strengths certificate with your top 5 strengths b) Provide evidence of attending two events (e.g. confirmation of attendance) c) Screenshot a current job description and specification (this must relate to your sector) d) Current Professional CV (this must be tailored to the job description and specification) e) Screenshot of current LinkedIn online profile in full f) Current Professional Development Plan (including objectives which relate to the three themes outlined below: Know yourself; Know your sector; Let them know you) References: Include a full reference list for all the sources you have cited in your text in Harvard style. You should include an appropriate number of sources in your writing for this academic level. End of Assignment Brief. 

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