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  • 1. Career Development Learning Framework at Ulster Maria Curran Head of Employability 2 May 2012
  • 2. Content Employability agenda Career Development Learning framework and professional development Career learning initiatives
  • 3. Employability Agenda The provision of employability skills is central to the University’s core strategic aims ‘to deliver high quality, flexible, student-centred, programmes of study that are intellectually challenging and which provide students with opportunities to develop their knowledge, skills and confidence’. The Teaching and Learning Strategy (2008-13) sets out four key University-wide priorities as well as two cross-cutting aims in support of them. One of the key aims focuses specifically on employability ‘To promote learning, professionalism and employability through the integration of academic theory and relevant professional and vocational practice’.
  • 4. What do employers want…….“21st century graduates need to demonstrate toemployers that they can ‘hit the groundrunning’.In addition to working hard to gain a gooddegree, students should engage inextracurricular activities and obtain workexperience in order to develop skills that willmake them better prepared for the world ofwork.It is also important for students to become self-aware and develop the confidence to marketthemselves effectively when the time comes toapply for jobs”.Carl Gilleard, Association of Graduate Recruiters
  • 5. Career Learning Initiatives at Ulster Career Development Learning framework is developed and managed through a Partnership Agreement between Faculties and the Career Development Centre. Ulster EDGE Award Ulster GradNAV PACE (Professional and Career Enhancement System) BlackboardLearn
  • 6. Career Development Learning Framework1. Bespoke assessed modules (10 & 20 point) on Career Management Skills developed for particular schools or programmes2. Integrated Career Development Learning components into core modules within programmes3. Modules offered to schools or programmes within the Certificate in Personal and Professional Development (CPPD) Ulster Edge Award5. Programme specific non-assessed Career Management Skills Units6. Generic open careers workshops available to all students.7. Generic Skills Training Careers programme for PhD students
  • 7. Exemplars Bespoke Career Management Skills (10 & 20 points) modules for specific undergraduate programmes. School of Accounting Modules offered as part of the Certificate in Personal and Professional Development (CPPD) Faculty of Computing and Engineering
  • 8. School of AccountingCareer Planning and Skills Development ACF343“This core module is designed to increase your awareness of the careeroptions open to you, develop your knowledge and understanding of theskills and attributes graduate employers are seeking and to help youdevelop self-awareness so that you can plan your development andmarket yourself effectively.An important aspect in planning the delivery of the programme was tosecure a high level of employer involvement and throughout thismodule a host of firms will be delivering sessions and providing adviceon careers within accounting and finance.You will benefit also from an employer visit where you will visit 2 of the‘Big 4’ to see the day-to-day operations of a large accounting firm.You will attend a ‘Step into Finance’ event specifically designed toincrease your awareness of non-accountant career options.We hope you will enjoy the participatory nature of the course.”
  • 9. Module AssessmentCoursework 1: Online Application (20%)Complete a mock online application form in response to a specific job advert.Coursework 2: Two Online-Aptitude Tests (20%)Assignment is designed to familiarize students with typical aptitude tests oftenused in the accountancy milkround and to help students be clear in what theemployer is assessing and the standard to be reached.Coursework 3: Career Research Report (40%)Assignment is designed to give the student the opportunity to study a potentialcareer area for an accounting graduate, using both primary and secondarysources. Part of the report will involve the student relating their own self-knowledge to their chosen career path.Coursework 4: Reflective Journal (20%)Complete a journal containing reflections on 4 of the 6 workshops/eventsattended as part of the module.
  • 10. Timetable Lecture Content Workshop Content Assignment DueWeek 1 Introduction Module overview Group Career decision- Why is career planning B making, important? self- awareness & reflectionWeek 2 Student- What employers want Group Repeat Week 1 graduate Labour market A transitionWeek 3 Presenting Applications - Deloitte Group Communication yourself on (Assign 1) B Skills paper (Ernst & Young)Week 4 Gaining Types of experience Group Repeat Week 3 experience Why is it important? A
  • 11. Lecture Content Workshop Content Assignment DueWeek 5 Professional ACCA, CAI, CPA, Group B Financial Challenge Routes CIMA, CIPFA Business Game (PWC)Week 6 Step into Employer Group A Repeat Week 5 Assign 1: Finance showcase: other 30 Oct Event(5-7p options with m) accountingWeek 7 Success in Types of tests Group B Teamwork online tests How they are (Grant Thornton) and case assessed studies Preparing & PerformingWeek 8 Interview Preparation for Group A Repeat Week 7 Skills and interviews Networking
  • 12. Lecture Content Workshop Content Assignment DueWeek 9 Managing Successful Group B Mock Assignment change & transitions Interviews 2: 28 Nov exploring Alternative (BDO) options optionsWeek 10 Employer PWC & KPMG Group A Repeat Week visits 9Week 11 Action Setting Group B Assignment 3 Planning SMART and 4 objectives & overcoming barriersWeek 12 Next steps Planning for Group A Repeat week Assignment and placement / 11 3 & 4:19 Dec feedback final year
  • 13. Step into Finance Event Week 6 Loughview Suite5pm Opening by Dr Gillian Armstrong, Head of Dept of Accounting5.10pm Opening summary of trends in financial services, Financial Skills Partnership5.20pm Citi Professional Resourcing Team5.35pm Actuarial Services Manager, Deloitte5.50pm Senior Manager, Business Banking, Bank of Ireland6.20pm HMRC Taxes Professional Development programme6.40pm-7.20pm Networking (speakers will rotate around groups of studentsanswering questions on associated career areas)
  • 14. Faculty of Computing and Engineering(Jordanstown)Modules offered as part of the Certificate in Personaland Professional Development (CPPD)Building your Skills (PPD105)Developing your Skills (PPD104)Graduation – what next? (PPD102)Split over two semesters50 hours (3 to 5 hours formal classes)
  • 15. Year 1 - Building your Skills PPD105 Identify their own skills, interests and motivations Inform students of the key issues of career planning and the role Personal Development Planning has in helping them develop their employability skills Understand the skills that they are already developing through their degree programme Make the most of their time at University Explore a range of part-time or summer work experience options.Assessment: Self awareness and CV creation using CV Builder
  • 16. Year 2-Developing your Skills PPD104 Understand their own values and motives and why they are an important element in the career development and planning process. Recognise the potential to develop employability skills through work experiences, study abroad and course- related live project work which is appropriate to their career aspirations. Assess and develop skills that contribute to employability (networking, presenting self) Devise and implement career action plan to secure their preferred opportunity.Assessment: Mock Interview using Skills Audit and reflection
  • 17. Final year- Graduation what next? PPD102  Assist students to understand why career planning is important on approaching the completion of their studies.  Assist students in exploring a range of employment, post graduate and other opportunities.  Develop students understanding of the recruitment process and their ability to influence this process.  Enable students to devise realistic and achievable action plans for their career, academic and personal development Assessment: Careers Report
  • 18. School of Built Environment eventMSci Planning and Property Development 24 April 201214.00 – 14.10 Welcome (EPLANI/DPP), (BMC), (Ulster)14.10 – 14.25 Introductions from Industry Members14.25 – 14.45 RTPI Presentation - Pragma Planning14.45 – 15.30 Year 3 & 4 Careers Activity (CDC) Job Search Strategy14.45 – 15.30 Year 1, 2 and BMC - Speed Networking 115.30 – 16.15 Year 1 & 2 and BMC Careers Activity (CDC)What are employers looking for?15.30 – 16.15 Final and third years - Speed Networking 216.15 – 16.30 Feedback, Questions and Close
  • 19. Student feedback “Although I was unsure at first I found this module to be really valuable. It gave me the chance to focus on my career and take ownership of it. Learning that a degree is not enough was a clear message and one that I hadn’t considered before. My aim is to get a graduate level job and learning that skills and attitude are as important in getting a graduate job as academic performance, was a wake-up call.” Final year student “Due to the careers and professional practice classes I have managed to get a summer work placement with a property company. They were impressed with my CV and Cover Letter and I would not have been motivated to do this without your help. Thank You!” Year 1 student
  • 20. Any questions?