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You are required to
submit a personal development portfolio, which does not 2500 words. The marking criteria can
be found in Appendix 3.

The assessment is
designed to help you explore and reflect upon your future career path and the
skills you have and need to develop in order to reach your academic development
and employment goals.

Prepare a personal
development portfolio, presented in report format which identifies the
transferable skills you have developed in academic studies, personal life and
the workplace, placing emphasis on the skills discussed during lectures.
Produce a personal development learning log and action plan for your future
academic and career developmental covering the next 3 years. Your personal
development plan must also include and reference your CV.

** Please note that the learning Log, CV and action plan do not count
towards the 2500
requirement for the report. The action plan should be for the
duration of your course.

Please answer the
following questions to structure your portfolio:

1. Provide a reflective account based on comparing and
contrasting your own experiences, employability skills and behaviors with those
required by graduate employers.

What skills,
experiences and behaviors are valued by graduate employers and why? How do your
current employability skills match these requirements? You might consider work,
volunteering, sports and other activities and experiences to justify your
attainment of these skills. Include in your discussion what you have learnt
about your current ability during this module that perhaps meets (or falls
short) of the requirements of graduate employers.

2. Team working is an essential
graduate employability skill. Assess and evaluate your team working skills as
demonstrated during this module.

Consider how you have
worked with others within team work situations and activities during the
module, reflectingon your experiences during the mock assessment Centre
and the group business challenges. Based on your understanding of effective team
, discuss how you might tackle these situations
differently in the future?

3. Identify onegraduate employer’s selection process and evaluate
your own strengths and weaknesses against this process.

You will need to
evaluate your own abilities based on your CV and/ or application form
requirement and your performance and feedback from the assessed application
form, the mock interview and assessment Centre tasks completed in class.

4. Compile a career plan covering
the next 3 years. The career plan should cover areas of improvement identified
above and comprise of an action plan with realistic SMART targets and a
learning log explaining how you aim to achieve these targets. The learning log
and action plan will be placed in the appendices while a commentary explaining
these will be present within your PDP.

Your commentary will
also outline any potential barriers and challenges that you anticipate in
achieving your targets and goals explaining how you aim to address these?

The portfolio Must contain all
4 elements above and include referenced (reference list) and practical
evidence (within appendices) to support your points and discussions.

Please also note that this is a
Level 5 assignment. All students are therefore expected to justify their
discussion using academic references. Students are expected to reference a
minimum of two
journal articles and four academic text books
to be clearly listed using Harvard referencing
within a reference list presented at the end of the PDP report.

Reading List:

Palgrave Study Skills. The Graduate Career Guidebook. Houndsmills: Palgrave

Trought. F (2012).
Brilliant Employability Skills – How to stand out from the crowd in the
graduate job market.

Appendix 3

1. Reflective Account

Criteria: Demonstrates an
understanding of the graduate employment market and evaluates owns skills,
experiences and behaviors, against employer expectations. Discussion is
supported by and draws from personal experiences and evidence gained from the
activities both within the module and work and personal experiences attained
outside of the module. Analysis and discussions are supported by referenced
evidence drawn from text books, journal articles, policy and survey reports
and employer company information.

2. An evaluation of your team working skills as demonstrated during
this module

Criteria: identifies value and
understanding of teamwork and evaluates the impact of self when working with
others. Discussion is supported by and draws from evidence from the group
work within module. Analysis and reflection is supported by an understanding
of concepts underpinning effective team work drawn from academic text
books and journal articles.

3. Identify one graduate employer’s selection process and evaluate
your own strengths and weaknesses against this process

Criteria: Demonstrates
understanding of one employers selection methods and why they are used.
Students are expected to self-evaluate their own performance in relation to
the outlined employer selection methods which will include: CVs, application
forms or interview and assessment Centre activities. Discussions must be
supported by and draw upon evidence completed in class and/ or any other
employment experiences. Where relevant students, will use academic references
to fully justify any practical solutions that they highlight to support their
future improvement in performance relative to each of these selection

4. Career Action Plan

Criteria: Plan is effectively
presented and summarized using a learning log and SMART goal targets,
covering the next 3 years of development and progress. Learning log and SMART
goals and targets must and will reflect shortfalls highlighted within
portfolio discussions. This section must include a commentary identifying and
explaining potential obstacles and outlining and reflecting on practical solutions
in minimizing these. Discussion must also highlight how the students will
monitor and review learning and SMART targets.



Fail >40%





Structure, word count and
referencing of evidence

Does not confirm to

Structure unclear, no evidence
or referencing.

An attempt at structure but
part unclear. Satisfactory use of evidence and referencing.

Largely conforms to
requirements-good evidence and referencing clear.

Well presented with occasional inconsistencies
in providing evidence and references.

Engaging and logical structure.
Excellent presentation of evidence and clear referencing.

Clarity of expression

Purpose & meaning unclear.
Language, grammar & spelling poor.

Lapses in expression. Some
mistakes in language, grammar & spelling.

Language mainly fluent and
meaning clear. Grammar & spelling mainly accurate.

Thoughts and ideas clearly
expressed. Grammar & spelling accurate: language fluent.

Expression excellent. Consistently
accurate grammar and spelling with fluent, professional writing style.

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