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  1. 1. Understanding the Print Industry Career development plan Unit 11: Learning outcome 5 Name:_________________________
  2. 2. BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Creative Media Production PROJECT BRIEF Aims The aim of this project is to enable you to prepare a personal career development plan. It will help you focus on what you would like to do as a career and get you to examine what steps you can take to help you reach your goal. The aim of creating the plan is to help you see where you can develop the skills you need to work in industry. Tasks/Notes Finding work in any industry can be difficult and the media industry is no different. It is a highly competitive industry and employers have the pick of the crop when it comes to recruiting. This task is designed to give you an understanding of the job market, to reflect on your current strengths and any skills gap you might have. Finally, you will prepare application paperwork which is often the first thing an employer sees from an applicant. This will allow you to show off your understanding of the media jobs market and also produce professional career development material. Task 1: (P5, M5, D5) Find a range of job adverts for a job or jobs that you would like to do. Record the places where you searched and found the information from such as the internet, national press and trade publications. It is important that you read the job descriptions and requirements to help you with other tasks in this project. Task 2: (P5, M5, D5) Complete the Career Development Plan hand out. This should be a reflection on your current strengths and weaknesses before moving on to a detailed plan of how you will achieve your goal. You should refer to the job descriptions that you found to help you with this task. Task 3: (P5, M5, D5) Produce a curriculum vitae (CV) in response to one of the job adverts. You may have to embellish your experience and qualifications to ensure that you produce a CV which is appropriate for your chosen role. Task 4: (P5, M5, D5) Produce a personal statement in response to one of the job adverts. This will go alongside your CV as an application. Again, you may have to embellish your qualifications, skills and experience to make your letter appropriate for your chosen job. Your statement should be no longer than a single side of A4. It should be appropriately formatted and no spelling or grammar issues. You should sell yourself to the potential employer, highlighting all the skills and experience that you have which they can use.
  3. 3. Assessment In order to be assessed for this assignment you must complete the following work and submit it by the required time. Below are the stages with the corresponding assessment criteria as outlined in the unit specifications. Task Grading Criteria Pass 1, 2, 3 & 4 Deadline Merit Distinction P5 prepare personal career development material using basic formal language. M5 prepare carefully produced personal career development material using generally correct formal language. D5 prepare personal career development material to a quality that reflects near professional standards consistently using correct formal language.
  4. 4. Writing a CV What is a CV? A CV is a short list of facts about you and your work history, skills, qualifications and experience. A good CV is essential when looking for work and it is worth spending time getting it right so it sells you to an employer. Your CV should: • be neat, typed if possible and to the best standard you can achieve in content and layout • be short, 2 sides of a sheet of A4 paper is normally enough • be positive, it should emphasise your achievements, strengths, successes, and • make a good impression. This means presenting the facts about yourself in a positive way. How to use your CV Send your CV with a covering letter or email asking companies if they have any current or future vacancies. Use your CV to help you remember all the dates and information you need each time you need to fill in an application form. When applying for jobs by phone it can help if you are asked to give more information about previous jobs. Having your CV with you while you’re waiting to be called in to an interview can help refresh your memory. You can also leave a copy with the interviewer if they do not already have one. Recruitment agencies may sometimes ask to see your CV before you can register with them. What to include There is no set format – how you present your CV is up to you. However, you should include at least the following: • your name • your address • your phone number • your e-mail address (if you have one), and • your career history Put your most recent job first and include dates. Employers will be more interested in what you have done recently. Emphasise the skills and experience you have gained across those jobs (for example, skills in dealing with customers or communication skills). You don’t need to include your date of birth Laws on discrimination mean that you don’t need to put your age or date of birth on your CV.
  5. 5. Here are some examples of what you may want to include: A personal profile This is a short statement at the beginning of your CV to sell yourself – your skills, experience and personal qualities. You could include positive words such as “competent”, “adaptable”, and “conscientious”. Tailor the statement to the requirements of each job that you apply for, so that you make it clear to the employer that you’re right for the job. Achievements Mention things you did well in your past jobs which could be relevant to the job you’re applying for. Qualifications and training Include any qualifications and training from previous jobs (for example, training in health and safety or a certificate in food hygiene). Put the most recent first and include any qualifications that you got from school or college. Interests These can support your application if your hobbies and leisure activities highlight responsibilities and skills that are relevant to the job you’re applying for. Perhaps you belong to a club or a society which you organise activities for, or you use leadership skills or teamwork. Other information If there are gaps in your CV it can be helpful to include this. If you had a career break because you were caring for children or elderly relatives, make this a positive thing and think about the skills you used doing this. If the job you’re applying for is different from what you’ve done in the past, explain why you’re interested in the new type of work. References It’s good to have two or more people who can provide a work or personal reference. Ideally, one should be your most recent employer. If you haven’t worked for a while it could be someone who has known you for a long time. It should be someone who can comment on your qualities in relation to the job. You should ask the person to agree to this beforehand.
  6. 6. CV template example one Susan MacDonald 1 Sample Close, Samplewell, Sampleshire SA21 5SA · Tel: 01000 123456 · Email: Personal statement Now my children are in full time education I’m looking forward to returning to work. As a parent I have developed lots of new skills to care for young children, for example, communicating, planning and organising. I’m highly motivated, work well as part of a team and have a caring personality with some excellent work experience gained by volunteering at the local Home-start. I’m now looking for a position in social care to develop a career. Key achievements • Successfully completed my Home-start volunteers training course, including CRB check and being matched with my first family • Received personal thanks from a young mother for helping her to cope and to see a clearer future • Completed a first aid course Experience Home visiting volunteer, Home-start (2008 – 2011) • Responsible for visiting families at home who are in need of some support. • Listen to individuals’ needs and assess how I can help them and improve their situation. • Provide a sympathetic ear, a shoulder to cry on and someone to laugh with. • Help people to keep appointments or access local services or just ‘connect’ with their local community. • Provide an extra pair of hands to help people cope with everyday parenting situations, or practical help with activities like playing or reading stories. • Provide a regular progress report to Home-start offices. Sales assistant, River Island (2001 – 2005) • Serving and advising customers, giving information on products and prices, helping customers to find the goods they want, advising on the availability of stock. • Taking payment by cash or card. • Stacking shelves or displaying goods in an attractive way. • Promoting any special offers or store cards. • Ordering goods that are unavailable. • Handling any complaints or passing them on to a manager. Disabled riding school volunteer, Cowley Stables (2000 – 2001) • Interact with the disabled children to ensure they have a lovely time. • Led pony and rider around the arena continuously conscious of ensuring a safe environment.
  7. 7. Education Pemborough Secondary School (1996 – 2000) • 3 GCSEs passes (Grade C or above in English, Maths and Food Technology) • RSA 1 and 2 in Customer Service Interests I enjoy reading, listening to music, helping out at the local Brownies and spending time with my family. References David South, Manager Claire Grey, Brownie leader Homestart 1st Sampltown Brownies Sample Street Sample Street Sample Town Sample Town LZX 1XX LZX 1XX Phone: 000 0000 0000 Phone: 000 0000 0000
  8. 8. CV template example two Mark Sample 2 Sample Close, Samplewell, Sampleshire SA21 5SA · Tel: 01000 123456 · Email: Profile I have 15 years experience in the construction industry as a labourer, plant operator and bricklayer. I am physically fit and I am used to working at heights when required. I have experience of small build and large scale construction projects on which I have also assisted other tradesmen such as joiners, plumbers, electricians and plasterers. I am competent and precise with all site duties undertaken. Key achievements • Achieved an on-site health and safety award • I voluntarily maintain the local youth football club ground • Worked on the construction of the new Wembley stadium Work history • Windsor Construction, Plant operator and bricklayer (2007 – 2010) • Gants, Labourer (2006 – 2007) • Jessops Recruitment Agency, Various construction roles (2004 – 2006) • Goodall and Leigh Construction, Bricklayer and Plant operator (2000 – 2004) • Pete Bold Plastering, Plasterers mate (1999 – 2000) • Jones Homes Ltd , Apprentice Bricklayer/ labourer (1997 – 1999) Qualifications and training • Experienced Worker Practical Skills Assessment (EWPA) • Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) valid licence to drive construction plant machinery • City and Guilds (6217-08) Basic construction skills: multi-crafts • Full UK driving licence Interests I play football for my local team and support the local boys and youth football team. I also enjoy making wooden garden furniture and socialising. References Nick Hanson Charles Windsor Jnr Recruitment Consultant Site Manager, Windsor Construction Sample Street Sample Street Sample Town Sample Town LZX 3XX LZX 3XX Phone: 000 0000 0000 Phone: 000 0000 0000 Career Plan
  9. 9. This first section is designed to help you think through your current strengths and weaknesses in relation to the job of your choice. It can be written quite informally, the detail will come in the next section. Career Goals – What do you want to be? In the future I would like to work within the media industry. Particular areas I am interested in are photograp Areas of strength – What skills do you currently have that could help you in your future job role? I am creative I have a good eye for photography I am quite talented with creative writing and English I enjoy photography and English I am interested In the news and current affairs I have an understanding of current trends and of what people want Step 1: Setting your Objectives What would you like to do as a job? Photojournalist Photographer Journalist Something in marketing (re-branding and brand partnerships) Areas for Development – What sk experience will you need to gain to future job role? Time management and meeting dea Improvement and increase of know
  10. 10. Why do you want to do that as a job? I would like to do this as a job because I believe some of the situations and events I would be able to report would be incredibly interesting and exciting. I also understand the importance of reporting events; especially things such as war and famine in far off countries as increasing awareness can sometimes help to bring about help or change. I would like to be able to contribute to this. Step 2: Asses your current position What are your strengths? What do you do well and how will this help you in your future career? You should refer to the job adverts to help you with this. My photography skills will help with this job as I will be able to capture quality images My interest in and knowledge of current affairs would help me as I would be able to gain a better understanding of what it is I am shooting and allow me to shoot better. I have quite good “out the box” thinking and that can help when thinking of ways to re-brand a company or of what partnerships would work well. My creative writing is quite good and I enjoy English.
  11. 11. Which skills, knowledge and experience do you need to develop and gain to help you be successful in your chosen career? Why will you need them? You should refer to the job adverts to help you with this. Working on my ability to analyse information efficiently and keeping informed and up to date with world news of the last 24 hours in enough detail that I would be able to write about it. My work ethic (even on things I am disinterested in) and ability to meet deadlines can be worked on. Step 3: Review your options Which skills, knowledge or experience could be worked on quickly, on the course you are doing and in personal time? Knowledge in the areas I am interested in can always be improved by following the news and researching certain areas I find specific interest in. I can learn techniques and skills on my camera relatively quickly and easily. I can work on my computer skills on post-production programmes such as Photoshop quite quickly; I have recently purchased it at home and so will be able to practice it easier. Continuing to develop my thought processes thinking about alternative ways to promote or brand a certain company.
  12. 12. Which skills, knowledge and experience will take you longer to gain? Where could you gain some of these things? Investigate specific job roles, employers and courses you could use to gain new skills. I need to get a degree for most of the jobs so this will be something useful to attain in my future. Developing interviewing skills. Developing creative writing and getting my point across through written English. I need to work on my public speaking as meetings and proposals will be something I may need to carry out in some of the jobs.