Course Title: Careers That Work

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Careers That Work

Credit Points: 12


Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

SOCU2089

City Campus

Undergraduate

360H Education

Face-to-Face

Spring2006,
Summer2007,
Sem 2 2007,
Spring2007,
Summer2008,
Sem 2 2008,
Spring2008,
Summer2009,
Sem 2 2009,
Spring2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Spring2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2011,
Spring2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Spring2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Spring2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Spring2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Spring2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016,
Spring2016

Flexible Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

SOCU2089

City Campus

Undergraduate

360H Education

Face-to-Face

UGRDFlex17 (ELE2),

UGRDFlex17 (ELE3),

UGRDFlex17 ()

Course Coordinator: Michael Hastings

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7847

Course Coordinator Email: michael.hastings@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Availability: Consultation times by appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None


Course Description

This course aims to provide students with essential background knowledge to inform their career development. It takes a dual focus, examining at the individual level, the career choices people make and their involvement in work, while at the social level it examines the way work has developed and will change in the future. Students will recognise their current values, interests and abilities, and identify strategies to develop the competencies that they need to fulfil their life and work goals. Students will also develop skills in job search strategies including resume writing, interview techniques and networking.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

N/A


At the successful completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • identify contextual factors that influence work and career changes;
  • recognise that work contexts change and can be changed;
  • identify future trends in the nature of work and the implications of these for their career development/management;
  • identify what they need to know to make informed choices about their working lives;
  • state their values, interests and abilities in relation to their career expectations;
  • recognise different approaches to decision making and be better in making career decisions;
  • develop a personal development plan that enhances their employability;
  • undertake effective research and networking in relation to the job search process;
  • develop the basic knowledge  to write effective job applications and the skills to perform in a job interview.


Overview of Learning Activities

Students will be exposed to a range of teaching and learning strategies designed to facilitate open discussion of both personal and theoretical material. Students will be expected to participate in class discussions and to respect other students’ contributions.

The subject may involve the following learning experiences:

  • tutorials;
  • class discussions;
  • group work;
  • role plays;
  • simulation exercises;
  • student presentations;
  • individual research and written work.


Overview of Learning Resources

There are no prescribed texts for "Careers that Work".

In class, students will be provided with a range of resources and activity sheets that will form part of the material needed to complete the assessed tasks.

A  comprehensive list of references and website resources is provided in Part B of the Course Guide.


Overview of Assessment

The assessment tasks undertaken in the Careers that Work elective have a practical focus and are designed to assist students to manage their career now and in the future. 

The elective involves a range of assessment tasks that may include the following:

  • Group presentations
  • Participation in group activities
  • Development of a resume and application letter
  • Interview skills
  • Career planning/self-awareness tasks
  • Analysis of current employment issues
  • Industry research