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1Post Placement Perspectives (A306EEI) Hannelie du Plessis-Walker
2Eligibility for taking this module…… just checking You must have completed a full sandwich year placementYou have to be enrolled on your third year of studiesYou have to be willing to experiment with yourselfYou have to be willing to be part of an ALSAnd more importantly, you have to be willing to do what is asked of youAnd above all, engage and enjoy the process!!ALS = Action Learning Sets
3What will we do in this session? Find outStart connecting the DOTSExplore your Personal Vision (so get homework out please)Explore options, start researching DESTINATIONS™
4So let us join up the DOTS… Researchers in the field of career development identified what they call the DOTS model when considering career planningTo join up the dots it is recommended thatYou start at the SThen you go to OFollowed by DAnd ending in TBUT WHY???
5BECAUSE it is a process… S = self awareness O = opportunity awareness D = decision making T = transition
6So we will start with…… That is where this module may help…… Self awarenessWho are you?What is your vision ?What do employers want?That is where this module may help……
7VISIONPersonal visioning… is to think about a desired future and gaining a clear picture in your mind of this futureVisions can be powerful in creating change in your lifeActivity to follow so get out your homework……the picture from session one
8ACTIVITY (vision)For homework you had to think of a metaphor for your future life, this can be a journey, a home, a country, a piece of art, anything you like!Now TAKE IT OUT and show your ALS, and have a laugh (5 minutes max) (look at comments left online)Look at your friends METAPHOR (picture) and tell them what you think it tells you about their hopes and/or fears and/or predictions (20 minutes) (discuss comments left)Then again look at it yourself and ask yourself what it is saying about you?Make a list and WORK ON IT!!! (at home)For portfolio
9Outcome of this activity… ……. is to tie in with your final output: Reflection on your own qualities and professionalism and identification of your own future learning, personal development and career development needs
10From previous session: Why a module called Post Placement Perspectives? To move from one point of life to another, we need to reflect, and to successfully reflect we need to:Make time to reflectHave something to reflect onHave a medium to capture our reflectionHave skills in reflectionBe honestAnd give and receive feedback
11CIRCLES OF EMPLOYMENTAll jobsaLLPossiblejobsDesirable jobs***
12CIRCLES OF EMPLOYMENTAll jobs = whole of the labour market, so now you need to narrow it down to what you wantPossible jobs = next step is to consider which jobs could you potentially apply for given you education, training and experiencesDesirable jobs = those ones you ideally wish to have, and what do you need to do to make this possibleSO WHAT CAN YOU OFFER IN RETURN????
13Employability skills? Bet you are tired of hearing this word, but just to recap…… Cognitive skillsProblem-solving & decision- making skillsResearch and investigative skillsInformation and communication technology skillsNumeracy and quantitative skillsCommunication skillsInterpersonal skillsTeam-working skillsPersonal management skillsLearning skillsSelf-awarenessAnd many more……
14What do employers REALLY want? From newspaper adverts: ‘graduates who are ambitious, motivated, good communicators and able to work to deadlines’ ‘a rigorous approach to work matched by highly developed communication and interpersonal skills’ ‘a strategic thinker…an excellent communicator with strong networking and negotiating skills’ ‘competency in a range of business planning issues, excellent writing skills and experience of giving presentations’ ‘strong leadership skills, excellent communication and organisation skills, an ability to resolve complex problems and personal resilience and stamina’
15Being highly employable means: (Cameron, 2009:13) See yourself as a productWatch the marketDevelop yourself continuouslyBe prepared to change
16Something to do at home… Morning pages Have you heard about this?A theory by Bryon, et al. (1998) in becoming even more creative, also a tool called ‘creative emergence’Very simple but can become surprisingly powerfulHOW TO? Start waking a little earlier, and write three A4 pages continually, just write, anything, about study, work, to do lists, anything, sort of a brain dumpDon’t re-read, don’t show anyone, just put it away
17Morning pages – what to gain? It is claimed that the act of writing creates a safe psychological spaceHelps clearing the ‘chaos’, clear goal forming, aspirations emerge from the chaosExpect no instant results…….will free up time at work/studies and free up a great deal of energy
18Next session we will go on to… Opportunity awarenessWhat are your choices?What do you know about these choices?Where do I find out about them? Etc.This for next week with your ALS!But start thinking……
19You have choices! NOW Graduate job Starting up on you own Voluntary work (gap year)Post graduate educationProfessional trainingResearchCheck out the University of Reading software, DESTINATIONS™Full access available via ELP3 pages, CU students onlyCheck out the Prospects website,Prospects.ac.uk - Graduate Jobs, Postgrad Study, Graduate Career Information / Advisory ServiceNOW
20So what will the final output be? See next slide to remind you of what to collect over time!
21Professional Poster (or Photo story) Evaluating the industry sector of your placement (e.g. Own activity session 3)Evaluating the nature of the organisation, including nature of products/services (e.g. Own activity session 3)Your perception of the sector’s (or host organisation’s) key characteristics and trends (e.g. Own activity session 3)Potential career opportunities in the sector (can also include future placements) (e.g. Own activity session 3)Reference to the qualities and professionalism needed by a graduate entering graduate employment with the host organisation (or similar organisation) (e.g. Activity 2 session 3)Reflection on your own qualities and professionalism and identification of your own future learning, personal development and career development needs (e.g. Activity session 2)