Career Development and Employability 2

Unit code: SSM3003 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
City Campus
Footscray Park
SSM2002 - Career Development and Employability 1
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


This unit is designed to facilitate a successful transition to employment in the fields of sport and recreation management, outdoor recreation, youth work, exercise and sport science. Students follow a career development model to further develop their ability to proactively manage a career throughout their life. To enable students to advance employment opportunities the unit will integrate: self-understanding activities; career strategic plans; networking; interview techniques; and methods to generate a professional image and workplace achievements. It progresses critical understanding of how to identify strengths and competencies through education; employment experiences; work integrated learning; and extracurricular experiences. The unit enhances job hunting strategies and career insights to establish a career-focused placement designed to provide a pathway into a chosen field and improve the students current employment status.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Analyse and reflect on skills, career values and personality to gain a clear career direction;
  2. Research and analyse sport and recreation industries, and align personal skills and career values to the job market;
  3. Advance self-marketing skills for lifelong career development focussing on communicating achievements during job interviews and professional image management;
  4. Adapt and synthesise theoretical knowledge and skills to the workplace by undertaking a career placement in a responsible, accountable and collaborative manner;
  5. Build on existing business communication skills and practices to enhance capability to be an effective professional communicator; and
  6. Exercise independent critical thinking, practices and judgements and reflect within the career placement at the workplace setting.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Portfolio
Grade: 20%
Completion of a range of self-marketing activities including a career pitch and LinkedIn profile, for use at networking opportunities
Assessment type: Presentation
Grade: 30%
Analysis and alignment of personal data aligned to industry market trends acquired through career exploration
Assessment type: Portfolio
Grade: 50%
Career placement report

Required reading

Selected readings will be made available via the unit VU Collaborate site.

As part of a course

This unit is studied as part of the following course(s):

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