School of Business and Economics BSP030 Personal Development for Employability Individual Written Assessment: SWOT, STAR Plus (and CV) Coursework Weight: 60% Coursework Deadline(s): 2pm, Tuesday 22nd March 2022 Coursework Task Throughout the semester you will be expected to reflect on your own learning and development. Reflecting on and analysing experiences helps us to improve our learning. Through reflection we think about what we do and why; what is effective and how we can improve. You will be encouraged to keep a record of your achievements in a format that you can use later when you apply for jobs. The individual coursework of this module is comprised of a SWOT analysis that demonstrates your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats in relation to your career development and a portfolio of interview answers using the STAR plus model to evidence these. You are required to submit an up-to-date graduate CV in the appendices of the assignment (this is compulsory, but it will not be assessed). The CV identifies your experience, achievements, key skills, and personal qualities. The assessment will be explained during lecture 1 in week 1. You will need to refer to the appropriate hand-outs and workshop notes for the frameworks you need to use for each part. Weighting: SWOT Analysis 40%, STAR Plus portfolio 60%, CV not assessed but compulsory. For more information on the weightings see the coursework rubrics at the end of this document. Guidance Notes A good piece of work will demonstrate the following: SWOT analysis The 4 main sections of the SWOT have equal weighting, therefore ensure there is equal consideration to all sections. The analysis should be put into context i.e. with some indication of your intended career and summarised with some immediate future goals. Marks will be awarded for presentation of evidence or illustration of each of the points considered: • • Internal factors: o Strengths: include evidence that you could use in an interview of an occasion when you demonstrated the skill or attribute that you are describing. o Weaknesses: include consideration of how you could overcome the weakness. External factors: o Opportunities: include a plan for how you can make the best use of the opportunity. o Threats: include consideration of the best way to overcome the threat. STAR plus portfolio 6 STAR plus examples required, and each example should include an experience of when you have demonstrated a specific employability skill. • • • • • • Situation: set the scene e.g. where, who was involved, what role were you in Task: succinctly describe the task and the reason for it, it should include the clarity and brevity of the task Action: this should be the biggest section where you describe what you did and the scale of it. Clarity and level of detail about what you did including quantification should be included. Result: provides an outcome and the impact it has had. Reflection: reflect on the skill – what was learnt and what the individual has taken from the experience. Application: consider how you may apply this skill to future experiences e.g. workplace/chosen career. CV The CV will not be assessed however it is compulsory. It should be an up-to-date CV and be included within the appendices section of the assignment. • The overall impression of the document should be considered e.g. format and layout. It should be clear and engaging. • Relevant details reflecting employability required e.g. skills identified and examples included. Information included on a CV should add value and demonstrate why the individual is a good candidate. • Ensure the standard CV sections are included. The CV should be 2 sided. • Accuracy and attention to detail is crucial on a CV and poor spelling and grammar can let the CV down and mean the applicant is not shortlisted and moved to the next stage of the recruitment process. Important note: due to anonymous marking your name should not be included on the CV. Key sessions: • SWOT analysis – week 2 workshop • STAR plus portfolio – week 2 workshop • CV – week 6 workshop Word Count and Format The page/word limits for each part are as follows: • • • SWOT analysis: maximum of 1000 words (±10% but do try to be concise). STAR plus portfolio: minimum of 6 examples analysed (one A4 page per situation/approx. 500 words). The CV should be a two (A4) page document (included in the appendices). Due to anonymous marking, you should leave your name off this. You should produce your document in Microsoft Word. The main text of the report should be presented in eithe

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School of Business and Economics BSP030 Personal Development for Employability Individual Written Assessment: SWOT, STAR Plus (and CV) Coursework Weight: 60% Coursework Deadline(s): 2pm, Tuesday 22nd March 2022 Coursework Task Throughout the semester you will be expected to reflect on your own learning and development. Reflecting on and analysing experiences helps us to improve our learning. Through reflection we think about what we do and why; what is effective and how we can improve. You will be encouraged to keep a record of your achievements in a format that you can use later when you apply for jobs. The individual coursework of this module is comprised of a SWOT analysis that demonstrates your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats in relation to your career development and a portfolio of interview answers using the STAR plus model to evidence these. You are required to submit an up-to-date graduate CV in the appendices of the assignment (this is compulsory, but it will not be assessed). The CV identifies your experience, achievements, key skills, and personal qualities. The assessment will be explained during lecture 1 in week 1. You will need to refer to the appropriate hand-outs and workshop notes for the frameworks you need to use for each part. Weighting: SWOT Analysis 40%, STAR Plus portfolio 60%, CV not assessed but compulsory. For more information on the weightings see the coursework rubrics at the end of this document. Guidance Notes A good piece of work will demonstrate the following: SWOT analysis The 4 main sections of the SWOT have equal weighting, therefore ensure there is equal consideration to all sections. The analysis should be put into context i.e. with some indication of your intended career and summarised with some immediate future goals. Marks will be awarded for presentation of evidence or illustration of each of the points considered: • • Internal factors: o Strengths: include evidence that you could use in an interview of an occasion when you demonstrated the skill or attribute that you are describing. o Weaknesses: include consideration of how you could overcome the weakness. External factors: o Opportunities: include a plan for how you can make the best use of the opportunity. o Threats: include consideration of the best way to overcome the threat. STAR plus portfolio 6 STAR plus examples required, and each example should include an experience of when you have demonstrated a specific employability skill. • • • • • • Situation: set the scene e.g. where, who was involved, what role were you in Task: succinctly describe the task and the reason for it, it should include the clarity and brevity of the task Action: this should be the biggest section where you describe what you did and the scale of it. Clarity and level of detail about what you did including quantification should be included. Result: provides an outcome and the impact it has had. Reflection: reflect on the skill – what was learnt and what the individual has taken from the experience. Application: consider how you may apply this skill to future experiences e.g. workplace/chosen career. CV The CV will not be assessed however it is compulsory. It should be an up-to-date CV and be included within the appendices section of the assignment. • The overall impression of the document should be considered e.g. format and layout. It should be clear and engaging. • Relevant details reflecting employability required e.g. skills identified and examples included. Information included on a CV should add value and demonstrate why the individual is a good candidate. • Ensure the standard CV sections are included. The CV should be 2 sided. • Accuracy and attention to detail is crucial on a CV and poor spelling and grammar can let the CV down and mean the applicant is not shortlisted and moved to the next stage of the recruitment process. Important note: due to anonymous marking your name should not be included on the CV. Key sessions: • SWOT analysis – week 2 workshop • STAR plus portfolio – week 2 workshop • CV – week 6 workshop Word Count and Format The page/word limits for each part are as follows: • • • SWOT analysis: maximum of 1000 words (±10% but do try to be concise). STAR plus portfolio: minimum of 6 examples analysed (one A4 page per situation/approx. 500 words). The CV should be a two (A4) page document (included in the appendices). Due to anonymous marking, you should leave your name off this. You should produce your document in Microsoft Word. The main text of the report should be presented in eithe

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