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CSER3102 Developing a Graduate Identity:Reflective Practice for Informed Career Planning

10 creditsClass Size: 50

Module manager: Steve Carter

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan), Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

Pre-requisite qualifications


This module is mutually exclusive with

CSER2208Developing Your Professional Identity: Reflective Practice f

Module replaces


This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

Do you need help discovering your passion for your future career? Or to understand your values, skills or interests to express yourself and impress future employers? This module will look at making sense of your undergraduate years in order to help you transition into a graduate and will look to develop your knowledge and skills across the following 4 key areas:Identity – develop your self-awareness and how this relates to your courseWorkplace – understand how you fit within the workplace and what employers are looking for in a successful graduateProfessional Image – how to articulate an external, professional image to future employersDigital Literacy – develop confidence in expressing yourself digitallyNo prior knowledge or skills are needed for this module and you will be able to contextualise the content to suit the sectors that you are most interested in.This is a practical and highly interactive module led by the University’s Professional Careers Consultants requiring attendance at all sessions. All assessments are coursework based and have no exams. To meet the learning outcomes no student will be permitted join after the end of session two. For further information please see or email


In order to make informed decisions to assist your future career choices, this module will support the development of self-awareness, motivations, values and skill-set. As you transition into a graduate, this can be applied to either further study, employment and future promotion.

Against this background, you will study the current graduate labour market, including future trends, identifying methods to enhance your skillset in areas you where you may lack experience or confidence.

The module will consider different ways of articulating your values, skills and attributes through creating a professional image that would appeal to a range of employers. These methods include different digital formats which will build your skills and profile for the future.

Learning outcomes
By the end of this module students will have
1. Developed a comprehensive level of self-awareness in relation to their current values, attributes and professional skills
2. Critically analysed the current and future labour market in order to self-evaluate and map their current skillset for graduate employment and beyond
3. Enhanced their digital capabilities through presenting a professional image for graduate recruitment and beyond
4. Critically reflected upon their learning to date in order to formulate an informed action plan for their future professional development


Introduction of reflective models

Self-awareness including values, motivations and flourish model

Intro to Group assignment, skills auditing individually and as a group to lead into company discussions. Students decide on company by end of week 4:

Pre work - write CV and get to 60 on Vmock

CV seminar - 1 hr - tailoring to a job description, students to bring CVs with them. 1 hr - work on group project.

Networking in person and linkedin lab
Theoretical aspects of the workplace, future of the workplace and cultural aspects.

Presentation skills and mini presentations based on articles provided to them. Students work in their project groups

Interrogate LMI data and analyse current trends

Enterprise session

Alumni Panel and action planning

Teaching methods

Independent online learning hours30.00
Private study hours70.00
Total Contact hours0.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Total private study time - 70 Hours. All students are expected to undertake a minimum of 2 hrs per week in private study preparing for their weekly taught sessions. This is in addition for the work to be undertaken to develop and create their assessed submissions which include a group presentation and an individual resource

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Formative feedback will be available through:
1) Group discussions and peer review in sessions (supported by staff)
2) Minerva Discussion Board Chatroom for assessment queries

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
PortfolioLearning logs, reflective statement, skills audit & Linkedin profile75.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

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

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 27/04/2021 17:17:33


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