Youth and Community Industry Preparation

Unit code: ECY3003 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Park
Online Real Time
Online Self-Paced


The unit supports Youth Work, Community Development and Criminal Justice students to plan for and succeed in their careers. Students will be provided with the necessary skills, knowledge and practical experiences required to 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, applications, interviews, networking and transitioning into the professional 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, as well as identifying strategies they can implement to ensure they have the competencies they need to fulfil their life and work goals. 

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Consolidate and synthesise discipline specific skills, to transferrable employability skills and labour-market trends to determine employment and career progression opportunities;
  2. Critically reflect upon personal attributes, strengths and values and explore the implications and opportunities these present for a successful transition to employment;
  3. Demonstrate a range of career planning skills including job search strategies, application writing, interview techniques, networking and personal marketing.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Exercise
Grade: 20%
A draft job application including a resume and responses to key selection criteria
Assessment type: Essay
Grade: 30%
Short essay linking values and attributes to a practice framework for a specific career path.
Assessment type: Portfolio
Grade: 50%
A portfolio of activities demonstrating readiness for transition from education to employment.

Required reading

Students will be provided with a reading list via VU Collaborate.

As part of a course

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