Career Development for BA Students

Description

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.

Availability

Callaghan Campus

  • Semester 2 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. gain a conceptual structure through which to understand careers for Bachelor of Arts graduates

2. improve their awareness of their own place within these careers, and will

3. develop an open-ended career portfolio.

Content

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. 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¬†

Assessment Items

Written Assignment: Self assessment

Written Assignment: Opportunities

Portfolio: Career Development Plan and Portfolio

Contact Hours

Seminar

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term