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HUMA2014 Humanities Employability Module Yr 2

Module Overview

This module builds on the activities undertaken within the first year employability module [link to first year module] It will further introduce you to the wider world of work, extending your personal and professional skills development and encouraging you to make the most of your skills set as you move forward within your degree and beyond. The second year of study is a critical juncture for thinking about your career as the majority of recruitment rounds will be opening in the summer for employment in the October following your graduation (yes, it happens that early!). This module will inform you fully of the evolving job market with a particular focus on the recruitment timeline and the requirements for applying for specific job sectors. You will expand your knowledge of the skills that employers want, test your aptitude, and increase your understanding of how you are developing these skills through a Humanities degree. The module will increase your confidence in your ability to go for the career of your choosing.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

? increase your insight into the wider world of work; ? extend your knowledge of the skills that employers value; ? reaffirm the opportunities available to you to develop your skills; ? give you detailed information on work experience, internship and placement options ? highlight the application process and timeline;

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 and the continued support 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, including specifics of the application timeline and requirements for your favoured career pathway
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • identify and engage with information on the world of work, in particular with that pertinent to the career you are considering;
  • utilise the opportunities available to you through Career Destinations and via employers;
  • update your experience, skills and achievements within your Curriculum Vitae (CV);
  • create revised career-appropriate documentation such as personal statements and cover letters;
  • narrow your selection of possible career pathways, increasing your awareness of the steps required to follow them
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • reflect on your self-assessment of your skills base, noting improvements and identifying new skills;
  • begin to consolidate your knowledge and understanding of a wide variety of job sectors and employment options, identifying a career pathway for yourself;
  • continue to take responsibility for your career development;
  • continue to take advantage of the opportunities on offer to help you to further develop your skills base


This module is the second of three, one for each year of undergraduate study. It builds on activities undertaken through the first year module [link to first year module] providing you with the tools needed to begin applying for jobs within your chosen career path. This second module will provide you with lectures on key aspects of employability to help you to build on your knowledge and understanding of your skills base and to assist you in understanding the recruitment process for different 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: Welcome back – career planning: developing an application strategy, mentor options, thinking about internships, professional networking o ‘I don’t know what I want to do’: selecting a career pathway: identifying your skills set and the things you enjoy o How to get the most from a Careers Fair o Careers Fairs The application timeline – importance of getting in early, options available, CVs, application letters, internship options and programmes o CV clinic o Assessment Centre workshop o Boot Camp o Interview Skills o Covering letters o Book a one-on-one session Psychometric Testing explained: numeracy training and testing (Dr Audrey Harwood) o Developing your skills o Insider mentoring Your digital profile – online profile building and networking o LinkedIn - your digital presence o How to make the right impression with an employer

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
Completion of assessment task26
Total study time51


Assessment Strategy

There is no assessment for this module.

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