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EMP2030 Employability and Professional Skills

Semester 2, 2022 Online
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Business
Student contribution band : Band 4
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 30 June 2022

Staffing

Examiner: Sarah Mitchell

Overview

The current labour market is intensely competitive. Employers are seeking graduates who demonstrate not only the technical industry knowledge required for a specific occupation, but also a strong set of transferable employability and professional skills. Candidates who are able to demonstrate a good balance between the two are favoured by employers. It has become increasingly important for individuals to be able to manage their own careers, with research demonstrating that effective career management skills are linked to career satisfaction. It is essential for students to develop opportunity awareness, to understand and master recruitment practices, and to develop a protean and entrepreneurial mindset. An in-depth understanding of contemporary and future career issues will help students to better position themselves in a rapidly changing work environment and to work towards achieving a satisfactory work/life balance. These professional skills and understandings will enable graduates to successfully transition between occupations throughout their lives.

This course is designed to provide students with opportunities to gain insight into contemporary career issues and to develop their employability and professional skills. It will provide students with a solid understanding of current graduate recruitment processes and strategies for positioning themselves well during these. Furthermore, students will be encouraged to consider a holistic approach to work, which takes into account the importance of seeking a work-life balance which enables continued personal growth. Students will be enabled to begin building a global professional profile which incorporates social media, to develop strategies which will enable them to understand and excel in the recruitment process, and to identify continuing professional development opportunities beyond their university studies. The course content will include exploring future work skills, building a professional profile, networking, excelling in the recruitment process, developing and entrepreneurial mindset, conducting ethical practice and advocating to address social issues. The course contains a blend of theory, research, practical activities, industry and alumni guest speakers and problem solving.

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. research and analyse employment trends and emerging opportunities both locally, nationally and globally with relation to current program of study;
  2. utilise career management, planning and organisational skills;
  3. construct a professional identity and devise strategies for effectively positioning themselves in the workforce;
  4. evaluate the importance of ethical practice and effective career transitions skills and develop strategies to facilitate these;
  5. employ professional language to articulate employability and professional skills to prospective employers.

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. The world of work 25.00
2. Career management skills 25.00
3. Utilising entrepreneurial mindsets 25.00
4. Positioning yourself in the workplace 25.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Description Weighting (%)
INDUSTRY INVESTIGATION 40
TUTORIAL/FORUM PARTICIPATION 10
RESEARCH PRESENTATION 50
Date printed 30 June 2022