Course syllabus

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Artsgen 102

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Solving your Future: skills for crafting your career

Semester two 2019

15 points

No pre-requisites

Course convenor: Jane Bradley: email Jane if you have any questions about this course jane.bradley@auckland.ac.nz 

Course Aims and Objectives

Introduction

Arts graduates get amazing, world-changing jobs and are sought after across a wide range of industries and organisations both locally and internationally.  Because we can't guarantee you one of these amazing jobs however, we have designed this course to introduce you to the employability mindset and assist you to develop, practice, reflect on and communicate your employability skills.  By completing this course you will give yourself the best possible chance of not only securing your first graduate job but also succeeding throughout your whole career.

What you will learn

By the time you complete this course we expect you will;

  • understand the employability concept and develop an employability mindset
  • understand the broad transferrable skill set developed in the process of completing an Arts degree
  • understand and apply key skills and capabilities sought in the job market
  • have greater self-awareness and apply self-reflective methods to learn from your experiences
  • have greater confidence in using critical thinking, problem-solving, team collaboration and communication skills to develop and present innovative solutions to a real world problems
  • have greater confidence in communicating your key skills and strengths to potential employers
  • have greater commercial awareness and understand work place expectations and norms
  • understand how to use resilience techniques for coping with challenges, change and uncertainty at work and in the job search process
  • begin crafting your future career around your values, strengths and interests as well as your skills and knowledge.

Course Structure and Teaching Format

The course is structured around the, Solving your Future employability skills and capabilities set which we developed by blending the Bachelor of Arts Graduate Profile with local, national and international research identifying the top skills and capabilities sought after in national and global job markets. 

As you work through and complete the problem-based and communication-oriented assessments, you will develop and practice essential skills and capabilities to ensure you are work-ready for today and prepared for the changing workplace of tomorrow.   

A key component of the course is a collaborative team-based project researching, designing and presenting an innovative solution to a real-word problem faced by a local organisation.  You will also write a short script for  a 60 second confidence-building, ‘elevator pitch’ video to practice communicating your top skills and strengths.

Because we understand how short of time students are these days you’ll even get class time in the workshop and tutorial slots to work on your assessments. 

Each week you will have 2 hours of lecture/workshop time, 1 hour of tutorial time and 20-30 minutes of self reflective writing time as outlined below. 

One 50 minute lecture

Tuesdays 11.am

The information

The lectures will introduce new material either as video clips and discussion activities or guest speakers/lecturers and discussion activities.  

One 50 minute workshop

Tuesdays 1.pm or 2.pm

The practice

We will use this time slot to explore, discuss and practice the skills/capabilities in more detail.  As the course progresses we will also use these sessions to work on assessments- especially the team project.

One 50 minute tutorial

Wednesdays 10.am or 11.am

Time for Discussion, Questions and Support

Tutorials will be a time for you to ask questions, get support with course activities, work on assessments and optional activities and get guidance from the course convenor.

Reflecting and optional activities online

Reflecting and Optional Activities

You will do your 20 minute weekly self-reflections online and if you are super-keen you will be able to do optional reading, viewing and communications exercises.

Learning Resources

No textbook is required for this course.  All learning resources will be provided via Canvas including the assessment templates.  A hard copy booklet will also be available. 

A more detailed outline of weekly topics along with the assessment weighting and breakdown will be available in late May 2019.

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