Develop Career Plan and Skills
Assessment Report-Career Planning and Management of Skills and Knowledge
The purpose of this assignment is for you to develop your career planning and management skills and knowledge. You will:
- think about your career ambitions
- reflect on what brought you to this point
- define your skills, abilities and preferences, and how these align with occupational requirements
- identify opportunities during your studies that will enhance your employability and self-knowledge
- find and interpret reliable labour market information to further inform your career thinking.
- use the Report template, found in the Report tab of the course page, to record and submit your answers
- include results from defined self-assessments (specified in Question 2 a) in the Appendix of the Report template.
When answering all questions, reflect upon self-knowledge you have clarified, and career development, planning and management information acquired during this course so far. Develop Career Plan and Skills
Question 1. (5/100)
This question starts you thinking about your career ambition/s, your current Program of study and what influenced you to enrol in that study.
- State your current career ambition/s (occupation/s of interest) and the name of your current Program of study.
- Reflect on what led you to enrol in your current Program of study.
This may include who influenced your decision, why you felt it was an appropriate path of study for you, what career goal you had in mind, information/research you undertook, why you chose this Program over other possibilities, or other thinking that was relevant for you.
You can use dot points for this part of the question.
Question 2. (55/100)
By completing this question, you will learn more about yourself (self-knowledge) and the requirements of your chosen occupation. You will use critical thinking skills to compare your self-knowledge with the occupational requirements to assess your alignment with that occupation. This assessment will highlight gaps so you can know what competencies you need to gain or enhance to improve alignment with the occupation.
Question 2 has four parts, and will take some time to complete. Some of the tasks will be completed within class time, and others in your own study time.
Links to all self-assessment tasks are in the Self-Assessment tab of the course page.
- a) Undertake a variety of self-assessment tasks to gain insight into your competencies.
The self-assessment tasks are found in the Self-assessment tab of the course page, and are as follows:
- Values assessment
- Self-evaluation survey
- Interview with Significant Others Survey
- O*Net Interest Profiler
- Temperament assessment
- Strengths assessment
- Ideal job fit
Record results as specified in Table 1 of the Report template. In the Appendix section of the Report template, include a copy of your results from the following self-assessment tasks:
- Self-Evaluation Survey
- Interview with Significant Others Survey
- O*Net Interest Profiler: Career List
- Temperament Assessment
- Strengths Assessment
You may choose to include a copy of your results from the other self-assessment tasks also, but you do not have to.
- b)Research: Choose an occupation that reflects your current career ambitions and type the occupation in the relevant field of Table 2 in the Report template (if you have a number of occupations under consideration, choose one for this purpose). Use Job Outlook to research and report on the characteristics listed in Table 2, Column A for your chosen occupation.
- c) Compare: In Table 2, Column B assess, using critical thinking skills and your understanding of the Dunning-Kruger effect, your alignment with each characteristic of your chosen occupation. Draw upon both your existing self-knowledge and your new self-knowledge from the results of the seven self-assessment activities in Report Question 2a.
- d)Discuss: Summarise your alignment to your chosen occupation based on your findings in Report Question 2c. Discuss implications of those findings on your career thinking. Outline career planning strategies you could implement during your studies to enhance alignment. Develop Career Plan and Skills
Summary of Question 2:
- Q2a = 20 marks. Undertake a variety of self-assessment tasks to gain insight into your competencies. Record results as specified in Table 1.
- Q2b = 10 marks. Research your chosen occupation using Job Outlook to understand the requirements of that occupation, and record the information as specified in Table 2, Column A.
- Q2c = 20 marks. Compare your current competencies against those required for your chosen occupation, and record your answers in Table 2, Column B.
- Q2d = 5 marks. Summarise your alignment to your chosen occupation based on your findings in Report Question 2c, discuss implications of those findings on your career thinking and outline career planning strategies you could implement during your studies to enhance alignment.
Question 3. (15/100)
The purpose of this question is for you to identify ways of enhancing your employability during your studies by participating in strategically aligned extra-curricular activities.
Identify 2 extra-curricular opportunities that can build your employability in line with your career ambitions. One opportunity needs to be paid employment (a job). Discuss the employability benefits of each opportunity, create a plan to pursue the opportunities (you do not have to actually pursue the opportunities, but you need to create the plan as if you were going to pursue the opportunities), and discuss why these particular opportunities demonstrate strategic career planning for you. Develop Career Plan and Skills
Use Table 3 to record all answers for your chosen job opportunity, and Table 4 to record all answers for your chosen specific extra-curricular activity.
- a) Identify a job opportunity and one other specific extra-curricular opportunity you could participate in during your studies that would enhance your employability.
- b) Research, and report on, the employability benefits you could gain from involvement in each opportunity. Use Job Outlook and other sources (e.g. existing knowledge, knowledge gained from someone involved in this type of activity, information from job advertisements etc.).
- c) Imagine that you are going to pursue these opportunities. Write a plan detailing the steps to make it happen.
- d) Discuss why participating in these particular opportunities would demonstrate strategic career planning for you.
Question 4. (25/100)
The purpose of this question is to:
- recognise the value of labour market information (LMI) for career planning and management,
- learn about, and determine reliability of, different sources of LMI,
- research reliable sources to find relevant LMI, and
- interpret and utilise LMI for career planning and management purposes.
Question 4 has 2 parts. Some of the activities will be completed within class time, and others in your own study time.
Research your occupation of interest (not a specific job). Report on the information requested in the tables below, and add your own further research as directed. Your research needs to be from the sources of labour market information (LMI) as indicated in Tables 5 and 6 of the Report template.
- a) State the occupation you are researching. Research the occupation to report on the information requested in Tables 5 and 6 of the Report template, using the LMI sources specified in the tables. Reference your research with links to the specific web pages you sourced the LMI from.
- b) Discuss how your LMI research could be useful for you in career planning, management and job searching.
Summary of Question 4:
- Q4a = 20 marks. State the occupation you are researching. Use LMI sources specified in Tables 5 and 6 to complete research
- Q4b = 5 marks. Discuss ways your research could benefit your career thinking.