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University of Exeter Business School

Postgraduate Employability and Careers Development

Module titlePostgraduate Employability and Careers Development
Module codeBSDM101
Academic year2023/4
Module staff
Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks

3-5, 7-10

3-5, 7-10


Number students taking module (anticipated)


Module description

This non-credit bearing/non-assessed module, available to all PGT students in the Business School, is designed to give you the time and space to explore your career options and support you through the graduate recruitment process.

You are not required to attend all of the workshops, instead you can choose the stream and sessions that best fit your career development needs.

The streams are broken down into:

  • A quick start series to help you explore and identify your options.
  • Finding a job and work experience.
  • Competing in the job market (part one): CVs, application forms and cover letters.
  • Competing in the job market (part two): interviews, assessment centres and psychometric testing.

Each series will run twice a term, so you will have the opportunity to access the learning at the right time for you.

Additional Information:

Internationalisation: all workshops compliment the China Career Ready and India Career Ready programmes to support international students and will focus on navigating the UK graduate recruitment market.

Sustainability: Materials and resources will be sent to participants after workshops. Workshops are also mapped to the UN SDGs through individual workshop design.

External Engagement: Employer and alumni panels will be signposted to in the sessions. 

Module aims - intentions of the module

The module is designed to enhance your employability through a guided programme of study that will prepare you to find and apply for appropriate positions when you graduate. Careers guidance and skills development will be delivered through workshops and online resources.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. Manage the practical aspects of your career, locate appropriate services and resources that will help you with your career planning and graduate job search;
  • 2. Describe the process of job acquisition, with specific regard to the various types of process that might be involved in applying for and securing graduate level jobs;

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 3. Apply employability formulas, such as the ‘STAR technique’ and the ‘Present-Past-Future technique’ to construct interview answers;
  • 4. Develop effective CVs and application forms, analysing what is required by recruiters, and reflecting on company values / job descriptions;

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 5. Identify, critically reflect on, and provide examples of own experiences that demonstrate your personal and key skills and their relevance to graduate employment;

Syllabus plan

Identify Your Career Options

   Workshop 1: Which Career is For Me?

   Workshop 2: Jobs for Masters Students: What you need to know

   Workshop 3: Making Confident Career Choices

Where can I get a job?

    Workshop 1: Finding internships, part-time work, and other opportunities

    Workshop 2: Finding full-time graduate jobs

Maximise your Competitiveness - Stage 1

    Workshop 1: Crafting a Successful CV

    Workshop 2: Developing your LinkedIn Profile

    Workshop 3: Writing impactful cover letters and application forms

Maximise your Competitiveness - Stage 2

    Workshop 1: Master Psychometric Tests

    Workshop 2: Boost Interview Performance

    Workshop 3: Stand out at Assessment Centres

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Identify your career options: 1, 2 & 33See Syllabus Plan, to be attended in T1 or T2
Where can I get a job: 1 & 22See Syllabus Plan, to be attended in T1 or T2
Maximise your competitiveness – Stage 1: 1, 2 & 33See Syllabus Plan, to be attended in T1 or T2
Maximise your competitiveness – Stage 2: 1, 2 & 33See Syllabus Plan, to be attended in T1 or T2
Get Ready to Graduate careers and guidance sessions4Support sessions based on student needs, to be attended in T3

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

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Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

Key words search

Careers, Employability, Jobs, Guidance, Advice, Skills, Recruitment, China, India, Your Future First

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