Career Management in the 21st Century


The world of work is constantly evolving with new industries, occupations and ways of working emerging all the time. Finding the right career path depends upon having an awareness of your own strengths and motivations and how these fit into the job market. So, is this the time to think about what you have to offer and how you can start to shape your future? If so, this elective will help you to develop the knowledge and awareness required to make good career decisions and the skills and confidence to successfully navigate each stage of the recruitment process for graduate jobs.


The aim of this module is to help you focus on the career options that best match your strengths, interests, values and priorities. The course will also help you to understand what employers look for in graduates so that you can excel in the full range of recruitment activities.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Identify knowledge, abilities and transferable skills developed by one’s degree

2.  Synthesise one’s key strengths, goals and motivations into a rounded personal profile

3.  Demonstrate knowledge of general trends in graduate employment and opportunities for graduates in one’s discipline

4.  Devise a short/medium-term career development action plan

5.  Demonstrate understanding of effective opportunity-search strategies

6.  Demonstrate ability to present oneself effectively in selection interviews and other selection processes

Indicative Content

1 Developing self awareness

Profiling of personal strengths, values and priorities in relation to career choice.

2 Developing opportunity awareness

Generating career ideas based on your personal profile; Exploring the range of graduate opportunities within job sectors of interest; Reviewing occupations that are directly related to your own subject discipline.

3 Developing a career action plan

Matching your personal profile with best fit opportunities in the job market; Creating a timeline of actions to improve your prospects of meeting your aim.

4 Developing job seeking skills

Sourcing suitable job opportunities - both advertised and unadvertised; Creating a professional image online; Identifying the skills and qualities employers look for in graduates; Learning how to produce targeted applications for specific job roles; Practising the presentation of your strengths and motivations in face to face selection activities.

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Teaching is carried out by staff from the Careers Service, with some occasional input by alumni and representatives from professional bodies and graduate employers. Interactive lectures and group work will be complemented by self-directed learning using online resources. There is no exam as assessment is delivered through three practical assignments, namely a sector study, a portfolio of work and a mock interview.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 0
Tutorial/Seminar 20
Supervised Practical Activity 0
Unsupervised Practical Activity 0
Assessment 40
Independent 140

Guidance notes

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2019/20 , and may be subject to change for future years.