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1 Module embedded careers and employment provision for final year earth science students: a Plymouth University example Dr Martin Stokes School of Geography, Earth & Environmental Sciences

2 Plymouth University Earth Science degrees BSc Applied Geology BSc Geology BSc Geology with Ocean Sciences BSc Marine Geosciences BSc Physical Geography & Geology MGeol ~ students in final year...but increasing.....

3 EOE3001: Embedded Careers & Employability EOE credits EOE credits Research Project 30 credits (75%) Research Project 30 credits (75%) Geological Map Field Project Desk Project Lab Project Professional Skills 10 credits (25%) Professional Skills 10 credits (25%) Project Management Workplace skills Careers Primary Data Project Report Primary Data Project Report Portfolio Assessment

4 EOE3001: Delivery Weekly 2 hour seminar sessions in Term 1, reduced in T2 Staff: Martin Stokes & Glenn Crust (Careers advisor), Jim Griffiths (HoS), past students Term 1 OctoberNovemberDecemberJanuaryFebruaryMarch Term 2 Project Management Work Place Skills Careers Gantt Charts: MS Project Manager Teamwork Communication Negotiation Health & safety CVs Cover letters Application forms Online Applications Social media Interviews Career resources Careers Fair Careers Preparation Past student talks Focus is on Earth Science careers

5 EOE3001 Professional Skills Assessment Project Logbook –Regular entries –Task auditing / actions –Data manipulation –Literature notes –Model / idea development Professional Skills ‘Journal’ –500+ word reflective commentary on session content Demonstrate self awareness Portfolio –Gantt chart – several versions –CV – several versions –Evidence for session follow-up –Reflective end module review: 1500 words Display personal development Countersigning by project advisor

6 CVs Pre-University CV University CV v. 1 University CV v. 2 University CV final Little mention of university skills / experience Lacks sufficient evidence and still too much non uni info Term 1 OctoberNovemberDecemberJanuaryFebruaryMarch Term 2 Find a pre-Uni CV Or prepare a CV Project advisor feedback CV seminar: STAR technique, resources etc. Careers fair employer feedback

7 Past Student Talks Recent graduates (2-3 yrs) –PhD / MSc –Engineering geology –Hydrocarbon exploration –Mining –Non geology 30 Minute talks –What they do. –How they got their:. Application Interview process Work place skills Projects Workplace health and safety Reinforces importance of the professional skills sessions Shows that Plymouth students can succeed view.asp?page=39024

8 ‘Geo’ Careers Fair Held in March each year Annual event since 2007 Dedicated to Earth Sciences careers Pre-fair preparation seminar Company stalls manned by ex Plymouth graduates 20and%20opportunities/GeoCareers-2012.aspx

9 Some final points..... Positives Engagement = success –at interview and career professional development Project management Health and safety awareness Personal testimony from past students Negatives Some students perceive content to be: –Patronising –Common sense –Inappropriate for final year –Irrelevant to studying geology Some (geology) academic staff perceptions / attitudes Students only understand employability after they have left Uni. Room for provision improvement or just natural selection? Mature students Academically ‘weak’ students Students who have part time ‘jobs’


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