Preparing for my Future

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Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 5
Monday 13 January 2020
Friday 20 March 2020
20 August 2019


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA C890 Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies,
BA C89A Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies (Including Placement Year),
BA C89B Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies (Including Year Abroad),
BA C89C Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies (Including Foundation Year)

Module description

Overall this module aims to extend the student's awareness of their place within the graduate labour market, developing knowledge of possible careers and extending their awareness about employability and career development in the field of psychoanalytic studies

This module will introduce students to ways of approaching their own employability. Students will initially reflect upon their current career position and explore their future career goals. This will be followed by a series of workshops with professionals working in different fields. In the workshops, students will learn about the actual work in the profession, how to join the field, and reflect on how their studies can help them achieve their goals.

Module aims

The aims of the module are:
1 To encourage students to consider their own career development
2 To examine the current and classic employability theory and research, and how this links to wider citizenship and personal development
3 To gain a deeper understanding of the graduate labour market and how to skilfully navigate a path(s) through it
4 To critically reflect upon how theory, practical knowledge and experience informs career/self-development
5 To understand the professional fields in which psychoanalytic knowledge can be applied
6 To gain awareness of the real life of a professional in the field

Module learning outcomes

At the end of the module students should be able to:

a) Discuss how a degree in psychoanalytic studies can enhance employability
b) Discuss sections of the graduate labour market that are relevant to a career of interest
c) Reflect on theory, job market knowledge and self to inform career choice
d) Understand the processes involved in recruitment and selection

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

Ten two hour sessions (mixture of lectures, seminars, presentations and guest speakers). Each week, you will be introduced to a number of employability concepts and will have an opportunity to undertake discussion and practical activities to support your future career development. The guest speaker talks provide professional insight into the contemporary world of work. Seminar time will also be used to provide guidance in the preparation of the course assignments. It is therefore important that you attend all sessions. Academic support hour during the Spring term (no appointment necessary)


  • Institute of Student Employers | ISE,
  • Interview tips |,
  • Career Planner |,
  • Holland, John L. (1959) 'A theory of vocational choice.', in Journal of Counseling Psychology. vol. 6 (1) , pp.35-45
  • Job sectors |,
  • The Essex Interview pack - University of Essex,
  • The different types of job interview | TARGETjobs,
  • Rousseau, Denise M. (1996) 'Introduction: The Boundaryless Career as a New Employment Principle', in The boundaryless career: a new employment principle for a new organizational era, New York: Oxford University Press., pp.3-20
  • Dweck, Carol S. (c2000) Self-theories: their role in motivation, personality, and development, New York: Psychology Press.
  • The Essex Application pack - University of Essex,
  • Application and CV advice | TARGETjobs,
  • Skills and employment in the UK: the labour market story - GOV.UK,
  • Inkson, Kerr; Dries, Nicky; Arnold, John. (2015) Understanding careers, London: SAGE.
  • Job profiles |,
  • Applying for jobs |,
  • (no date) UK Commission for Employment and Skills.
  • Hinchliffe, Geoffrey William; Jolly, Adrienne. (2011) 'Graduate identity and employability', in British Educational Research Journal. vol. 37 (4) , pp.563-584
  • Dacre Pool, Lorraine; Sewell, Peter. (2007) 'The key to employability: developing a practical model of graduate employability', in Education + Training. vol. 49 (4) , pp.277-289
  • Seligman, Martin E. P. (2011) Flourish: a new understanding of happiness and well-being and how to achieve them, London: Nicholas Brealey Publishing.
  • Peterson, Christopher; Seligman, Martin. (2004) Character Strengths and Virtues, New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
  • CVs and cover letters |,
  • Super, Donald E. (1980) 'A life-span, life-space approach to career development', in Journal of Vocational Behavior. vol. 16 (3) , pp.282-298

The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   CV and cover letter    35% 
Coursework   Career Research Project    65% 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Leonardo Niro Nascimento, email:
Dept of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies and Employability and Careers Centre
Student Administrator 5A.202; telephone 01206 874969; email Room 4SB.6.2, Colchester Campus



External examiner

Prof Barry Richards
Bournemouth University
Professor of Political Psychology
Available via Moodle
Of 41 hours, 20 (48.8%) hours available to students:
21 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


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