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Assessment Topic – Reflective Journal
Assessment Content
Welcome to this exciting subject that is all about you and your career path.
Recent research has revealed that the Hospitality and Tourism Industry wants experienced graduates. This industry wants graduates who can also think critically and reflectively, who know their strengths and can use them effectively in the workplace. It is also important to become aware of your ‘areas for improvement’ also known as ‘areas for growth’ and to work toward improving these skills. Knowing and embracing your character strengths and skills and using them in your career can lead to rewarding outcomes. Take the VIA Character Strengths Survey now https://www.viacharacter.org/www/The-Survey.
It is for these reasons that you are required to complete a reflective journal.
This assessment is based on the Dot’s Career Development framework (Smith et al 2009 pp 27–8) providing you with an opportunity to think about and reflect upon your:
– Self awareness
You are required to critically reflect on this topic and discuss in relation to your study, career and Work Integrated Learning experiences.
The topics below are to guide your thinking and reflection.
Part A – Self Awareness (weeks 1-3)

Identify knowledge, abilities and transferable skills developed by your course and Work Integrated Learning;
Identify your personal skills and how these can be deployed;
Identify your interests, values and personality in the context of vocational and life planning;
Identify strengths and weaknesses, and areas requiring further development;
Develop a self-reflective stance to work and other activities; and
Synthesise your key strengths, goals and motivations into a rounded personal profile.

Marking Rubric – Assessment 1 Reflective Journal –
1.A satisfactory attempt at the reflective journal.
2.A minimum of 14 Topics from Dot’s Career Development framework (Smith et al 2009) have been covered.
3.Word count under 20% +/-
4.Originality score equal to or below 20%
5.Originality match/s equal to or below 6% to one source
References –
1.Self awareness – Graduate Careers Australia 2012 Your career and you; self assessment for students and graduates. Viewed 15 January 2016
2.Jon Kabat-Zinn leads a session on Mindfulness at Google https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3nwwKbM_vJc
Recommended Reading
Dwyer, J. 2009. Communication in business: strategies and skills (4th ed.) Pearson Education Frenchs Forest, NSW
Other References
Career Industry Council of Australia (CICA) | The national peak body for the career industry. 2015. Career Industry Council of Australia (CICA) | The national peak body for the career industry.. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.cica.org.au. [Accessed 15 January 2016].
Welcome to the Fair Work Ombudsman website . 2015. Welcome to the Fair Work Ombudsman website . [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.fairwork.gov.au. [Accessed 15 January 2016].
Graduate Careers Australia | Providing information to Australian graduates for over forty years. 2015. Graduate Careers Australia | Providing information to Australian graduates for over forty years. [ONLINE]
‘Your career and you; self assessment for students and graduates’                                   Available at: http://www.graduatecareers.com.au/. [Accessed 15 January 2016].
Job Watch. 2015. Job Watch. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.jobwatch.org.au. [Accessed 15 January 2016].
myfuture: Home . 2015. myfuture: Home . [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.myfuture.edu.au. [Accessed 15 January 2016].
Home – Safe Work Australia . 2015. Home – Safe Work Australia . [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/sites/SWA. [Accessed 15 January 2016].
Victorian Government. 2015. Victorian Government. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.vic.gov.au. [Accessed 15 January 2016].
Worksafe: Victorian WorkCover Authority [Accessed 15 January 2016].

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