Career Development for BA Students

Course code HUMA1001Units 10Level 1000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

The course explores conceptual structures through which to understand careers for Bachelor of Arts graduates, and will develop students' awareness of their own place within these careers. Throughout there will be an emphasis on the core skill of written communication necessary for the successful completion of the Bachelor of Arts and for related careers. Sections of the course will be devoted to understanding general patterns of personal preferences, values, and social capital in relation to careers; to exploring the core competencies and career opportunities relevant to the Bachelor of Arts; and to understanding the options available within the Bachelor of Arts program, possible future career directions, and the factors involved in making strategic choices in study and career.

Available in 2014

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009
ObjectivesThere is a growing body of evidence that suggests the effectiveness of tailored career development theory and practice that is integrated into learning content. Professional programs are delivered within a career development framework incorporating theory, skill development and professional practice. Rather than delivering a one size fits all career development module for students across various programs, a credit-bearing course, tailored to the Bachelor of Arts program, is proposed.

The course is the outcome of the 2007 "First Year Student Experience Bachelor of Arts" Project and draws on associated first year experience literature.

Students will gain a conceptual structure through which to understand careers for Bachelor of Arts graduates, will improve their awareness of their own place within these careers, and will develop an open-ended career portfolio. The course will be followed up by an informal mentoring programme and non-credit Careers Service sessions for 2000 and 3000 level Bachelor of Arts students. Throughout there will be an emphasis on the core skill of written communication necessary for the successful completion of the Bachelor of Arts and for related careers. Preparation for each assignment will include instruction in rules and techniques for good writing.
ContentStudents will gain a conceptual structure through which to understand careers for Bachelor of Arts graduates, will improve their awareness of their own place within these careers, and will develop an open-ended career portfolio. Throughout there will be an emphasis on the core skill of written communication necessary for the successful completion of the Bachelor of Arts and for related careers. Preparation for each assignment will include instruction in rules and techniques for good writing.

The curriculum for the course will broadly follow the following outline, though there may be omissions and additions according to felt needs.

Sections

I Self-awareness

Aims: To understand general patterns of personal preferences, values, and social capital in relation to careers, and to explore these in relation to oneself.

Sessions:

Theoretical: a survey of the major career development models and concepts of 'career', and of recent writing on emerging patterns in careers and career choice

Practical: application of the main themes of career development models through practical exercises in understanding the individual's own values, interests, innate abilities, skills, social and cultural situation.


II Opportunities

Aims: to explore core competencies and career opportunities relevant to the Bachelor or Arts.

Sessions:
Theoretical:
* The historical foundations of the Bachelor of Arts program from both an international and local perspective: scholarship and career.
* University Graduate Attributes and the Bachelor of Arts program
* Introduction to the basic concepts and principles of academic writing and critical analysis.
* Opportunity readiness: labour market issues for Arts and Humanities graduates: Guest lecturers from career areas related to Arts

Practical:
* Writing and debating exercises
* Career research exercises

III Decision-making and planning

Aims: to understand the options available within the Bachelor of Arts program and possible future career directions. To understand the factors involved in making choices. To increase confidence in self management and writing skills in university studies and beyond.

Sessions:
Theoretical:
* The University of Newcastle structure and rules for the Bachelor of Arts program: pathways and discipline combinations
* Critical evaluation of information; decision making theory; models for planning; pros and cons of planning

Practical:
* Personal goal setting and planning exercises
* Resume writing as an instance of the intellectual challenges and skills of writing in general (assembling data, crafting sentences, persuasive rhetoric)
* Self management skills for university study: time management, self directed learning, presenting to groups, assignment writing and exam preparation as project management


(4) Assessment

Written assessment: One to three written assignments, which might include minor or major essays, tutorial papers, portfolios, resumes, blogs and wikis, totalling 3500 words (100%).
Replacing Course(s)na
TransitionNot applicable
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNone
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsSeminar
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsThree written assignments due at various stages in the semester, including major or minor essays, tutorial papers, portfolios, resumes and career development plans, blogs and wikis, totalling 3500 words (100%).
Contact HoursSeminar: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentStudents must be enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for HUMA1001