The unit is intended as a meaningful development journey that supports students to plan for and succeed in their careers. The unit provides students with the necessary skills, knowledge and practical experiences required to progress their careers and successfully transition from education to employment.  The unit focuses specifically on career planning with an emphasis on 'employability' in the context of the 21st century world of work. Career planning is supported with the development of skills in job search strategies such as resume writing, interview techniques and networking.  Furthermore, students will explore non-technical employability skills that are needed to participate effectively in the workplace. Through the development of an individual framework of practice, students will have the opportunity to reflect on their academic and personal lives to recognise their values, interests and abilities that both support and challenge their transition to employment in the broad community sector and what strategies they can implement to ensure they have the competencies they need to fulfil their life and work goals. In this unit students engage in a 200-hour practical placement which may be undertaken overseas or in a local setting where, in collaboration with industry professionals, students will practice and apply their knowledge and skills in authentic work contexts. Only one of your two placement units can be done in an overseas setting.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Consolidate and synthesise discipline specific knowledge and skills and demonstrate the application of these in a practical, real life setting;  
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of discipline specific skills, transferrable employability skills and labour-market trends to determine employment and career progression opportunities;  
  3. Critically reflect upon personal attributes, strengths and values as aligned to their discipline and explore the implications and opportunities these present for a successful transition to employment;  
  4. Demonstrate a range of career planning skills including job search strategies, resume writing, interview techniques, networking and personal marketing.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Exercise A discussion post identifying strengths and limitations with consideration to transferrable skills. 20%
Report A report linking values and attributes to a discipline specific career path. 40%
Portfolio A professional portfolio including a range of self-marketing activities demonstrating readiness for transition from education to employment. 40%
In addition to the graded tasks, students are expected to complete the following components satisfactorily: 1. Work Integrated Learning Agreement 2. Placement Progression and Completion Reports 3. Attendance Record Total effective word limit for all three tasks is 5,500 words.

Required reading

Essential skills for Youth Work practice 2nd Edition
Sapin K, 2013
Sage Publications

Other readings as recommended by the lecturer.

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