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SOEE2032 Personal Development for Careers in the Environmental Sector

10 creditsClass Size: 115

Module manager: Will Homoky

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

This module is mutually exclusive with

CSER2101Career Development 1

Module replaces

SOEE2031 Career Development and Planning

This module is not approved as a discovery module


The module introduces students to considering life after completion of their undergraduate degree and how to make the most of their time now to assist in the transition from being a university student to employment and careers.

The module asks students to think and reflect on their own skills and attributes. This is done alongside guest speakers with a wealth of experience of working in environmental careers and the green economy. Students should use this as an opportunity to reflect on the needs of the world of career development and to take stock of their current skills base and assess both their strengths and weaknesses.

The module also involves examining the roles and responsibilities of a selection of careers within environmental consultancy. Students are invited to make an online application in a manner identical to that which many recruiters request. The students will also receive an interview for their application. Students are assessed and given feedback on their application and interview. Students are also expected to use this to reflect on their strengths and weaknesses on this process.

There will also be a series of sessions which cover aspects such as: work experience; team working; and on line media such as Leeds for Life and LinkedIn. The module also includes information on setting up your own business with speakers from within the University and also externally who can explain the wealth of assistance available.

The module concludes with an assessment in the form of an individual career action plan for the next 2-3 years. To construct this students are expected to reflect on their skills profiles, and application/interview performance to make the most of the immediate future to place themselves in the best possible position to compete.

Skills outcomes
The module places considerable emphasis on:
- identifying individual and collective goals and responsibilities and performing in a manner appropriate to these roles;
- evaluating performance as an individual and a team member;
- identifying and working towards targets for personal, academic and career development.

The module places moderate emphasis on:
- communicating appropriately to a variety of audiences in written, verbal and graphical form;
- recognising and respecting the views and opinions of other team members;
- developing the skills necessary for self-managed and lifelong learning (eg working independently, time management and organisation skills);
- developing an adaptable and flexible approach to study and work.

The module places some emphasis on:
- using the Internet critically as a means of communication and a source of information.


Module overview
Work experience
Speakers from University/Industry
Preparing CVs
Leeds for Life
Applications on line and interviews
Social media and employability
Team building and working – the Skills Challenge

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours74.00
Total Contact hours26.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

30 hours: workshop preparation
30 hours: career action plan
4 hours: interview preparation
10 hours: application and CV

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Feedback is provided throughout the module on formative and summative assessment exercises.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course AssessmentFormative assessment (TBC)0.00
In-course AssessmentAppraisal of interview performance for the post applied for on OCN20.00
In-course AssessmentCareer Action Plan (SMART)80.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/06/2021 16:25:47


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