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HUMA1036 Humanities Employability Module Yr 1

Module Overview

Employers tell us that they are looking for driven, articulate individuals with a passion for learning. As a Humanities’ student at the University of Southampton you have these skills in abundance. But working out what it is that you want to do after graduation is a lengthy process; it is essential that you start thinking about your future career now, in your first year of study. The aim of this module is to help you to identify the skills employers are looking for and to give you the tools to take them forward beyond your degree and into the wider world of work. This module will provide you with a set of building blocks which you can use to begin developing your career pathway. You will be fully informed of the job market including options and timings; given an insight into the skills that employers want and an understanding of how you are developing these through a Humanities degree. The module will start to build your confidence in your ability to go for the career of your choosing.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

? give you an insight into the wider world of work; ? extend your knowledge of the skills that employers value; ? provide you with information on opportunities available to you to develop your skills; ? give you detailed information on work experience, internship and placement options

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • the job market and career sectors;
  • the skills that employers are looking for, your own skills base and how to further develop your skills;
  • the University’s Career Destinations service, how it works, what it provides;
  • the opportunities available to you, both within and outside of the university, to gain work experience, including internship and placement options;
  • the recruitment process
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • identify and engage with information on the world of work;
  • utilise the opportunities available to you through Career Destinations and via employers;
  • structure your experience, skills and achievements into a Curriculum Vitae (CV);
  • create career-appropriate documentation such as personal statements and cover letters;
  • identify possible career pathways and the steps required to follow them
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • self-assess your skills base, identifying strengths and weaknesses;
  • draw on your knowledge and understanding of a wide variety of job sectors and employment options, using this to identify possible career pathways for yourself;
  • take responsibility for your career development;
  • take advantage of the opportunities on offer to help you to further develop your skills base


This module is the first of three, one for each year of undergraduate study. The successive modules will build on each other to provide you with a clear idea of what you want to do and how to get there. This first module will provide you with introductory lectures on key aspects of employability to help you to start thinking about your skills and potential career pathways. Opportunities available to you, including a series of optional seminars, will be highlighted at the lectures. Lectures and seminars will be delivered by experts from the University’s Career Destinations service, by employers and alumni. Topics to be covered include: Getting started – introduction to CD and to graduate options, being responsible and self-managing o What do (Humanities) graduates do? o Careers Centre Tour o Prepare for the Fair o Careers Fairs Thinking about your career now: looking for early opportunities o First steps in planning your career o Evidencing your skills o An insight into the recruitment process – what employers want o Finding work experience – part 1 - introduction to placement and internship opportunities Getting the most out of activities which build a CV: clubs and societies, volunteering, part-time work and making the most of the summer o CV and Application support activities o Managing your digital presence o Finding work experience – part 2 o Introduction to Insider Mentoring o Introduction to Volunteering

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include: ? compulsory lectures and optional seminars ? examination, analysis and discussion of the job market ? provision of tools to assist you in selecting your career pathway Lectures will provide you with a general overview and understanding of the job market including employment sectors, types of employer and key industries. The lecturers will give you an insight into the recruitment process and an understanding of the skills employers’ value and how you can develop them. The lectures will be consolidated through a series of optional seminars run by the University’s Career Destinations Service. In taking responsibility for your career you will select those seminars which will help you to develop your skills and give you a greater understanding of how to make the most of your skills, knowledge and personal qualities when applying for jobs. Learning activities include: ? small group discussion on key topics; ? practical exercises such as completion of template CVs, the writing of sample cover letters and personal statement; ? study of information sources pertaining to the world of work In this module, learning and teaching activities focus on helping you to explore and investigate the career pathways available to you. Throughout the module you will also engage in directed and self-directed study, for example through finding and attending additional seminars and researching your favoured career pathway in more depth. The discussion generated within the seminars will provide you with the opportunity to explore skills development and career options with tutors and with your peers. Feedback on your progress and development will be given via seminars and group discussions.

Follow-up work8
Wider reading or practice20
Total study time42

Resources & Reading list

Career Destinations webpages. 


Assessment Strategy

There is no assessment for this module.

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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