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Global Career Management - Theory and Practice

Module description

This is a unique module in the Business School, designed completely around you and your career. For many of you, thinking about, researching and making critical decisions about your career has been an activity that you have undertaken in addition to your academic studies. However, this innovative module will enable you to develop the research skills, plus critical and reflective thinking skills associated with rigorous academic endeavour and apply them to the management of your own personal project - your career.

Quite possibly, the reason why you have chosen to study for a master's degree is because you are looking for a qualification that will enhance your knowledge of and specialism in a field, in order to improve your career chances in life.  In essence, you are possibly in a period of transition in your life concerning your career.  This module augments the academic and applied knowledge you will gain throughout your academic studies on your master's programme and will enable you to apply that learning more successfully to your chosen career path, ensuring that in the long term you will gain maximum benefit from your learning experience at the University of Exeter Business School.

Through critical evaluation of career management frameworks and global career resources, you will apply your findings to the management of your current learning and your future career. This module is designed to run early on in the programme to sign-post you to the key learning outcomes you need to gather from your master degree experience. It will be delivered through a combination of lectures, workshops, individual research, group discussion, and one to one coaching sessions and will fit around your other taught masters modules in term one. However, the assessment tasks will be split between the two terms, with the first  assessment to be handed in at the end of term one and the second part of your assessment to be handed in at the end of term two.

Additional Information:

Internationalisation– This module looks at career opportunities from around the Globe. The students will gain access to a variety of case studies of professionals and organisations whose approach to career management is truly Global. In addition, the module has been designed in partnership with a career coach who has over 20 years' experience of living and working in the Middle East and has helped to place students and professionals in careers around the world.

External Engagement– The module is designed to facilitate students engaging externally with potential employers and providers of internships. In addition, various components of the programme are facilitated by external experts in team building, leadership and career coaching.

Employability– This entire module is designed to improve student’s employability skills and opportunities. By the end of the module students will be far better equipped to secure the employment of their choosing.

Ethics and Corporate Responsibility– The module will introduce issues around ethics and corporate responsibility with regards to making applications for positions and also the types of employers you may wish to consider making applications to in the course of your future careers.

Research in Teaching– This module is breaking new pedagogical ground for the Business School, by introducing the notion of reflective learning across an entire Master's programme.  We will do this via the summative assessment methods, where we have embedded a skills competency framework analysis tool into the learning portfolio assignment. By encouraging you to reflect on the key learning and employability skills  you will have developed and demonstrated as a result of completing the entire International Management MSc programme.

Full module specification

Module title:Global Career Management - Theory and Practice
Module code:BEMM170
Module level:M
Academic year:2023/4
Module lecturers:
  • Dr Claire Dinan - Convenor
  • Claire Guy - Convenor
Module credit:15
ECTS value:



Module is only available to students on the MSc International Management programme



Duration of module: Duration (weeks) - term 1:

Induction week plus weeks 2,4,6,8 and 10

Duration (weeks) - term 2:

weeks 4, 6 and 8

Module aims

The aim of this module is to link the theory of career planning, personal development, decision making, critical thinking and reflective practice to how you go about designing and developing your own individual career plan in different global contexts. Through the module you will have access to trained career coaching professionals, external experts and valuable one to one coaching in order to help you learn about your own competencies, how you can most benefit from the learning outcomes of your other taught modules, along with analysing which jobs/career paths will best benefit you and the role you wish to play in society.  By the end of the module you will have a better understanding of yourself and some concrete personal development and career management tools, which you can then apply to future job search and selection tasks.

You will work mainly independently, but at times with others, in order to develop a learning portfolio, career plan and associated documents, including a CV and LinkedIn profile, which will represent your value to potential employers.  By evaluating your skills in specific global contexts, you will be able to develop the best career development strategy for your target organisation and country. This in turn should give you confidence in your own decision making and future work place skills, by providing you with a clearer idea of your strengths and weakness, better equipping you for full time employment. It will also help provide you with experiences that you can talk about at job interview stage.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. demonstrate a capability for the practical aspects of managing your career,
  • 2. understand and articulate verbally and in writing, your personal competencies and attributes (skills, abilities, knowledge, career motivations), and the value these offer to a potential employer
  • 3. analyse the process of selecting career options and job search, with specific reference to the processes involved in successfully applying for postgraduate employment in different global contexts
  • 4. differentiate between career options where a postgraduate degree in your subject is essential, desirable or useful
  • 5. with some guidance, applying a career management framework to the development of a strategy that has the potential to secure appropriate employment/career advancement post-graduation in different global contexts

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 6. identify, analyse and critically evaluate relevant case studies and associated career and personal development literature
  • 7. demonstrate clear, critical and analytical reasoning to support the development of your learning portfolio, careers resource, career plan and associated documents
  • 8. apply effective skills in designing and managing the practical and academic aspects of your research and learning needs, accessing the appropriate support and resources as required,
  • 9. develop and use clearly reasoned arguments to explain, critique and evaluate the contents of your learning portfolio in which you will have been the primary author,
  • 10. use reflective practice to explore, identify, evaluate and record your learning about yourself and your chosen career plan

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 11. work independently, organising and maintaining your own programme of study to meet employer/recruiter and academic deadlines,
  • 12. apply research skills to practical work-related issues,
  • 13. develop skills of analysis, evaluation and synthesis,
  • 14. understand and use reflective practice to explore and identify learning needs for own future development

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
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities25Group workshops 5 x 2 hour workshops, lectures 12 hours of lectures in two days of induction week , tutorials and one to one sessions – students can access 2 hours, of one to one coaching/tutorials over the two terms of the Masters course available from module lead and or Careers Coach
Guided Independent Study125Research using industry sources and psychometric modules to inform analysis of their chosen career plan. Academic reading into the theory of career management models, reading around the usefulness of psychometric testing, reflective learning techniques and analysis of skills for the skills competency framework Completion of tasks to fulfil the formative assessment which include: Drafting of Personal Career Plan to include: • Evidence of registration on My career zone • Evidence of compilation of on-line or paper based career self-assessment, plus a plan setting out your career aspirations with an approximate timeline Completion of reflective learning paper/portfolio, career plan and curriculum vitae for summative assessment. Completion of: Career Management Portfolio including: a) Critical evaluation of 2 career management frameworks and their appropriateness to contemporary Business School postgraduate students b) Individual career plan with rationale; CV and LinkedIn profile; plus a draft letter of application for summative assessment

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Personal Career Plan to include a short bullet pointed plan setting out your career aspirations with an approximate timelineA4 career development plan - brought to seminar session1-14Feedback given in seminar session

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Reflective learning paper/portfolio502,500 words1-14Written
Career Management Portfolio including: a) 10% Individual career plan with rationale; CV and LinkedIn profile; plus a draft letter of application, b) 90% Critical evaluation of 2 career management frameworks and their appropriateness to contemporary Business School postgraduate students502,500 words1-14Written

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Reflective learning paper/portfolio to include a skills competency frameworkReflective learning paper/portfolio (50%) 2,500 words1-14July
Career Management PortfolioCareer Management Portfolio (50%) 2,500 words1-14July

Re-assessment notes

A student will be referred in all failed components if the student fails the module with a mark of below 40% overall.

A student if deferred via a single component will be reassessed in that component only .

Syllabus plan

Indicative Content of the module will include:

Main taught component of the module is a three day intensive – executive style series of learning experiences comprised of the following sessions:

  1. An introductory workshop focused on ice-breaking and team building activities – externally facilitated by an accredited Team Building Coach
  2. Sessions on career management frameworks, including - Where am I now? Where do I want to be? How will I get there?
  3. Sessions on Careers aspirations, skills and learning competency frameworks
  4.  Sessions on the learning and career support resources available to students
  5. Sessions on the practicalities of finding a job and developing/nurturing a career – identifying and using appropriate information, using timelines, meeting deadlines, completing applications based on targeted research,
  6. Sessions on critical thinking, reflective practice, identifying strengths, decision making and how to create a learning portfolio with a skills competency analysis, which will record their learning across a variety of modules on their Masters programme.

Follow-up seminars/workshops – 5 x 2 hours sessions, every second week of term one, which will include activities to develop a critical approach to sources of information and practical methods of researching new career options and labour markets in different global contexts, with specific focus on:

  1. Research  techniques for sourcing appropriate career opportunities,

including networking

  1. Personal branding, LinkedIn profile and CV design
  2. Applications and psychometric testing
  3. Interview techniques
  4. Assessment centres

Plus - Bookable One to one coaching sessions are available with the Careers Coach and/or Director of International Management to develop personal career clarity

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

  • Moon, J. (2004) A Handbook of Reflective and Experiential Learning: Theory and Practice. London, Routledge Falmer.
  • Bridges W (2004) Transitions: making sense of life’s changes 2nd edition, Da Capo Press Life Long
  • Clark, T, Osterwalder, A & Pigneur, Y (2012) Business Model YOU: A One-Page Method for Reinventing Your Career. John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken New Jersey
  • Gladwell, M. (2009) Outliers: The Story of Success
  • Hawkins, P. (1999) The Art of Building Windmills: Career tactics for the 21st century. Graduate into Employment Unit; New edition
  • Ibarra H (2004) Working Identity – unconventional strategies for reinventing your career, Harvard Business Press Covey S R (2004) The 8th Habit from effectiveness to greatness, Simon and Schuster
  • Lees, John (2015) How to Get a Job You Love. McGraw Hill Education. London
  • Levitt S D and Dubner S J (2014) Think Like a Freak – how to think smarter about almost everything! Allen Lane Peters S (2012) The Chimp Paradox – the mind management programme for confidence, success and happiness, Random House Group
  • McKeown M (2012) The Strategy Book, Pearson
  • Papadopoulos L (2014) Whose life is it anyway? – living through your twenties on your own terms, Piatkus, Little Brown
  • Pedlar M, Burgoyne J, Boydell T ( 2007) A Manager’s Guide to Self-development (fifth edition) McGraw Hill Pedlar M, Burgoyne J, Boydell T ( 2004) A Manager’s Guide to Leadership, Mc Graw Hall
  • Ryle B ( 2008) Ground of your own choosing – winning strategies for finding and creating work, Shank Painter Publishing, Cape Cod, Massachusetts
  • Schon, D. (1994) The Reflective Practitioner: How Professionals Think in Action. Ashgate Publishing Limited; New edition
  • Williams K, Woolliams M and Spiro J (2012) Reflective Writing Pocket Study Skills. Palgrave Macmillan

Module has an active ELE page?


Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources High Fliers annual survey results of research into the graduate recruitment market

Several resources from the University Careers Zone on interview techniques, designing CVs and completing applications Information on career roles, sectors, employers and an online assessment  to identify your career options - a resource for gaining a holistic view of your career & life aspirations

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