This module focuses on career and employability learning. It supports student carers in acknowledging the role they do. It also takes into account their commitments and responsibilities.
Two student interns reviewed the original module, made recommendations, and developed new content. These student interns are carers themselves.
We'd like to thank June Cochrane and Tara McCulloch for their hard work in redeveloping this module.
Who is this module for?
It's been developed to support student carers from first year to Masters. We think you'll find it helpful, whatever stage you're at.
It focuses on career and employability learning. It will provide you with insights into the process of transition from university to work or further study. This includes an understanding of the processes of career choice and career development. It also focuses on the graduate recruitment processes and the labour market.
What will the module cover?
It's divided into 3 sections which cover the following topics:
- I just don’t know what to do with myself
- Making the most of your degree
- Building and Using Your Network
- Gaining and Recognising Your Experience
- Effective Career Research
- Thinking of Further Study
- An introduction to recruitment processes
- Separate sections on CVs, Cover Letters, Online Applications, Personal Statements, Recruitment (psychometric) Testing, Assessment Centres, Interviews
For more detail, go to the Module Content sections below.
What does the module involve?
This module is not credit-bearing. That means you can go at your own pace. You may decide to work through it from start to finish. Or dip into sections, and topics, that are relevant to the stage you're at.
It's broken down into bite-sized sections. You can spend as much, or as little, time to fit around your commitments and home life.
We have organised the module content for each topic in a 'book'. Click on the icon to begin working through that topic. Each book contains information, activities, and further resources. These are accompanied by suggestions for follow-up activities. Where possible, we have included an estimate for how long an activity may take you.
We have drawn on content from You're Hired! Graduate Career Handbook by Tristram Hooley & Korin Grant. We have provided online access to it through the University library. For EXPLORE and PLAN you're encouraged to read a chapter of the book before working through each topic.
By the end of this module you'll be able to:
- articulate your strengths, weaknesses, interests, and values. You can use this self-knowledge to support your career development
- describe how your experiences as a carer will support your future career. It will also show you how to present your skills and knowledge to potential employers
- show an awareness of common transition routes and recruitment approaches. And be able to produce key artefacts that support this transition (CVs, application forms, online profiles, etc)
- demonstrate an awareness of the transferable skills you have gained from your caring role. You should be able to identify key evidence that supports this transition (CVs, application forms, online profiles, etc)
- demonstrate knowledge of the labour market. And articulate how you might operate within it
- demonstrate knowledge of self-care, self-reflection, and self-awareness