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UOSM2038 Year in Employment

Module Overview

The Year in Employment (YiE) is an opportunity for undergraduate students across a range of programmes to undertake a placement year whilst remaining enrolled to the University of Southampton. Students complete their placement after their second year of study in an industry of their choice for up to 12 months. Students receive support in preparing for placement applications and a placement induction prior to beginning their placement. Whilst on placement, students are asked to complete six optional blogs detailing their experiences. These blogs are designed to complement the learning outcomes of the Year in Employment. Blogs are completed via blackboard and students have access to a verity of resources to support their blog writing. Feedback is given on three of the six blogs that are submitted.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The Year in Employment will provide you with the opportunity to build employability skills and identify your career development needs. You will also gain valuable work experience and learning opportunities in a commercial context, which should enhance your future employability prospects and provide career inspiration.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Discuss the various aspects of the industry in which they work, including the internal company structure and the wider landscape of their sector.
  • Describe the purpose of their role within the context of the business and the contribution it makes to the organisation as a whole.
  • Identify the skills, attributes and behaviours required for the sector in which they are placed.
  • Evaluate the development of their skills, attributes and behaviours over the course of the Year in Employment.
  • Identify areas for personal, and career development, and how these can be addressed.

Syllabus

Due to the wide variety of experiences gained on a placement, each experience will be different, but the module may include: • Choosing an appropriate placement • Making placement applications • Workload management • Utilising constructive criticism • Developing Commercial Awareness • Ethics and responsibility in the workplace • Collecting relevant material to inform the Reflective Learning report • Post-placement Reflective Seminar In addition, you may also build useful employability skills such as communication, negotiation and problem solving

Special Features

This module requires you to work in a professional role within an organisation as a placement student. The placement will enable you to gain valuable work experience, while helping you to bridge the gap of understanding between your acquired skills and ‘real world’ practice. Completion of the placement is an essential part of this programme. It is important to note that if you do not pass your placement year, you cannot repeat it, and will be subsequently transferred back to your original degree programme. The module is supported by the Careers and Employability Service and this team provide support throughout the year. A placement visit is carried out within 6-12 weeks of the students start date and a second visit is completed by telephone 3-4 months prior to the end of the placement. Students can access support on the assessment via the Careers and employability service and/or appropriate academic staff. The module will be assessed on a pass/fail basis by the completion of an end of year placement report and will be based on a range of learning outcomes relating to employability. You will have access to specialist support from the Year in Employment Placement Team, and the Careers and Employability Service to prepare you for your placement year. Advice and guidance on preparing your CV, searching for a placement, making applications and succeeding in the recruitment process is offered through a series of workshops and face to face support. Interested students should begin their placement preparation in first year, and by early in their second year they should be dedicating a significant amount of time to placement searching and applications. You will be allocated a Placement Advisor who will be your main point of contact during your placement and will offer you advice throughout the year. You will have at least two meetings (at least one face-to-face where possible, and a conference call) with your Advisor during your placement to check on your progress and to ensure that the placement is running smoothly for both you and your workplace supervisor. Students undertaking placements overseas may not have a placement visit but contact will be maintained via skype or video call. During your placement you are able to contact your Placement Advisor who will be available in standard office hours. In case of emergency, please use the First Support line 02380 597488, or in the evening 02380 592881. When you start your placement, your employer will be asked to nominate someone to act as your Workplace Supervisor. Workplace supervisors are usually line managers – the person who will be involved on a day to day basis. If you have a specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia or, another disability, or long-term health condition, we will work with Enabling Services to assess your requirements, and make every effort to support you in finding a suitable placement. Under the Equality Act 2010, UK employers are required to make reasonable adjustments to both the recruitment process and the workplace, so that disabled people are not at a disadvantage. If appropriate, and following the advice of Enabling Services, we will be flexible in the type and duration of the placement deemed to meet the programme requirements.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching and learning methods include ⦁ Induction, preparation sessions, one to one tutoring and placement workshops = 10% ⦁ Online resources on a monthly basis via Blackboard = 3% ⦁ Independent study = 5% ⦁ Mentoring from Workplace Supervisor = 5% ⦁ Critical reflection on personal workplace performance = 7% ⦁ Development of employability skills = 25% ⦁ Advancement of critical thinking through business practice = 10% ⦁ Enhancement of skills in a professional work environment = 35% Blackboard Blog Students will be encouraged to produce a Blackboard blog throughout their placement to inform the end of placement report. The blog will support learning and evidence of it will be a necessary part of the end of placement report. Students will be expected to use the e-learning resources from Blackboard to support the writing of the blog and monthly entries should be uploaded via Blackboard. Feedback will be provided at three fixed points throughout your placement. NB. Alternative use of a logbook is permitted if Blackboard is inaccessible. Please discuss in advance with the Work Experience team.

TypeHours
Independent Study85
Teaching22
Placement1050
Total study time1157

Resources & Reading list

Careers and Employability online jobs portal.

Year in Employment Blackboard. Reflective writing resources, blog resources and guidance on completing your end of placement assignment.

Careers and Employability Service resources to support the placement searching process.

Year in Employment Placement team resources.

Assessment

Assessment Strategy

The Year in Employment module is assessed by an end of placement reflective report which is assessed on a pass/fail basis.

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Placement %
Report  (3500 words) 100%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Report  (3500 words) 100%

Costs

Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Other

Please bear in mind that you may face additional costs if you decide to undertake a Year in Employment. Examples of these costs include: • Before your placement begins, you may face costs travelling to and from interviews. Many placement providers will reimburse for this but it is always wise to get confirmation beforehand • Expenditure to obtain professional and appropriate work attire • Cost in securing accommodation and costs associated with higher costs of living in some locations • When you secure a placement you may incur commuting expenses to and from your workplace • Additional expenses may include those relating to Occupational Health, DBS checks or vaccinations as an example. It is your responsibility to confirm with your placement provider who will these types of expenses.

Placement Salary

Many placements are paid, and it is expected that a student will receive at least the National Minimum Wage during their placement year. The exact amount that you will be paid is a matter between you and your Placement Provider. The University job site, MyCareer, will only advertise placement opportunities which offer a salary of at least the National Minimum Wage standards. You are strongly advised not to undertake an unpaid placement, but if you are considering this, please seek approval from the Placements Team before proceeding.

Tuition Fees

Students undertaking a Year in Employment will be charged a placement year tuition fee of 20% of your normal annual tuition fee. If you are entitled to student finance, you will still be entitled to a tuition fee loan during your placement year, in addition to a reduced maintenance loan. It is your responsibility to check student finance details with your student loan provider.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

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