Planning your future career

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Term 1 or 2
SCQF Level
AbLE Academy


This module will provide you with an early opportunity to start planning your personal and career development for your life beyond University.

It is important that you use your time at University wisely to set in place the learning and experiences that will enable you to gain access to your future career. This microcredential will focus on helping you identify and develop your self- awareness (and understanding) of your own motivations, work preferences, values, personality type, skills and strengths. In addition, this will help you understand how this can be useful when considering your current role as a student and in planning your future career.

During this microcredential you will complete and undertake a variety of online, interactive career self-assessment tools, quizzes, and self-audit exercises will help you establish a personal profile, start the development of you as a brand and identify your current career-readiness. These results will then help you look forward to your own personal and career planning.

On completion of these self- assessment activities, you will receive a personal profile along with a measure of your career-readiness at that stage. You will use the Career Management Model to support you in implementing personal and professional development and career planning approaches.

Through engaging with this module you will develop broader Abertay Attributes in both the Professional and Personal dimensions.


The key aim is to establish student self-awareness (and understanding) of their own motivations, work preferences, values, personality type, and strengths.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Understand the key concepts relevant to careers development and planning

Indicative Content

1 The new challenge of knowing the future now?

What will the future look like for me- & what can I do to prepare. Videos presentations and interactive activities sessions on a range of topics and concepts to help provide a wider context for students self-development.

2 Who am I?

Use of a range online interactive online self-assessment tools and activities used by students to create their own personal profile and benchmark their own career readiness.

3 My current personal profile: and my future-(professional) self.

Using results and data from self-assessment tools to create personal profile. Students are Introduced to the Career Management Cycle model as an approach to personal development, interactive self-reflection and for planning suitable personal goals?

4 Mind the Gap

Use of positive case studies from previous students/graduates. (Where are they now?) To help inspire and raise career aspirations of new students.

5 Growth and moving forward

Students set out their own next steps: based on a range of opportunities available to do so. (what is available for me?) Identifying and highlighting both in-house and external local opportunities - for each student to consider in developing their own needs. (including other MCs) Use of External and internal speakers to highlight a range ways and opportunities - open to students as part of further personal development. Promote Career Service own programs and in-house opportunities to students: to ensure they have suitable opportunities available to develop their skills and experience further.

6 Decoding the jargon

Activity decoding the jargon terms used in education/employment/work /Careers- is explained (using true or false format for answers)

7 Action planning

Use of SMART technique in setting personal goals- important to see their regular personal development achievements & progress.

Teaching and Learning MethodHours
Supervised Practical Activity0
Unsupervised Practical Activity0

Guidance Notes

SCQF Level - The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.

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 2023/4, and may be subject to change for future years.