Introduction to Personal Development and Employability
Undergraduate: Level 4
Thursday 05 October 2023
Friday 28 June 2024
10 August 2023
Requisites for this module
BA 63C2 Psychological Studies,
BA 63C3 Psychological Studies (Including Year Abroad),
BA 63C4 Psychological Studies (Including Placement Year),
BA C801 Psychology (Including Year Abroad),
BA C802 Psychology,
BA C807 Psychology (Including Foundation Year),
BA C810 Psychology (Including Placement Year),
BSC C800 Psychology,
BSC C803 Psychology (Including Year Abroad),
BSC C811 Psychology (Including Placement Year),
BSC C812 Psychology (Including Foundation Year),
BSC C806 Psychology with Cognitive Neuroscience (Including Year Abroad),
BSC C808 Psychology with Cognitive Neuroscience,
BSC C809 Psychology with Cognitive Neuroscience (Including Placement Year),
BSC C813 Psychology with Cognitive Neuroscience (Including Foundation Year),
MSCIC999 Psychology with Cognitive Neuroscience,
MSCICA98 Psychology with Cognitive Neuroscience (Including Placement Year),
MSCICA99 Psychology with Cognitive Neuroscience (Including Year Abroad),
BSC C814 Psychology with Economics,
BSC C815 Psychology with Economics (Including Year Abroad),
BSC C816 Psychology with Economics (Including Placement Year),
BSC C817 Psychology with Economics (Including Foundation Year),
MSCIC998 Psychology with Advanced Research Methods,
MSCICB98 Psychology with Advanced Research Methods (Including Placement Year),
MSCICB99 Psychology with Advanced Research Methods (Including Year Abroad),
BSC C680 Sport and Exercise Psychology,
BSC C681 Sport and Exercise Psychology (including Year Abroad),
BSC C682 Sport and Exercise Psychology (including Placement Year)
The module will introduce employability and personal development planning, familiarise students with the resources available to assist their career development, and help them to review their own personal profile and practice the job application process.
This module is part of a suite of careers and employability modules that run in parallel to the Psychology degree.
The aims of this module are:
- To improve the employability of Psychology students.
- To provide students with opportunities to reflect and decide upon their career aspirations, help them identify the steps required to reach those goals, and introduce them to opportunities and resources that will help them to complete these steps.
By the end of this module, students will be expected to:
- Have been introduced to employability and the concept of personal development planning.
- Understand best practice in developing a strong CV and articulating your skills to employers and recruiters.
The module comprises timetabled sessions run collaboratively by staff from the Department of Psychology and the careers team in Student Development, and sessions with guest speakers.
This module will be delivered via:
- Five 50-minute lectures.
- Two 50-minute workshops.
Lectures and workshops start on the hour and last for 50 minutes. Please arrive promptly to avoid disrupting the class. Please ask questions during class if there is anything that is unclear. All preparation (e.g., online lessons) should be done before attending workshops. For workshops, you will be expected to participate in classroom activities designed to support your learning.
Lectures are conducted by Career Advisers from the University of Essex Student Development team. Workshops are run by staff from the Department of Psychology. These are facilitated sessions to help students develop self-awareness and an understanding of what job applications require.
The sessions may include discussion groups and other methods of student participation tailored to group size. This module will be taught by blended learning. This will combine online material and face to face sessions where appropriate.
This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.
Assessment items, weightings and deadlines
|Coursework / exam
|CV, Video CV or Linkedin profile
Exam format definitions
- Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
- In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
- In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
- In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary,
for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.
Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.
Module is either passed or marked as not completed.
Module is either passed or marked as not completed.
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Prof Reinhard Pekrun, email: email@example.com.
Prof Joanne Hudson
Available via Moodle
Of 10 hours, 10 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.
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