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MK2025 Employability and Professional Development 2010/11

Assignment 3       Reflective Essay
An individual written piece of work (40% of final grade)
Learning Outcomes
This assignment addresses learning outcome 2 for the module and will be assessed on your ability to demonstrate the achievement of this outcome in relation to the set questions. This learning outcome is:

Analyse, evaluate and reflect on their own performance and learning experiences including the achievement of objectives.

You are asked to:

Submit a number of entries to the course blog (minimum 4) which is on eLearn (Discussions – Personal employability blog). You may also wish to share these personal blogs with the class using the Class employability blog.
Prepare an academic essay of not more than 1,500 words that provides a critical evaluation and reflection of the development of your selected employability skills and capabilities identified in assignment 1.

Your blog entries are just stories about employability and may refer to this module, your part-time work, previous jobs or anything related to employability and employability skills.
Your stories must be true stories. For example you may want to tell a story about employability skills; how did you develop these skills? Did you develop skills as a result of the module or work experience? How did you recognise you needed to improve? How did you realise what skills you have? Perhaps you developed conflict management skills from working on the door of a nightclub or negotiation skills when persuading your boss for a pay rise. Your story should be interesting to read and you may want to comment or refer to other students stories. Did another story help you? Did you learn something? Can you help another student with your experience? You are encouraged to read and provide short comments on other students’ stories.
The essay is an individual piece of work and should not exceed 1,500 words excluding appendices. You are expected to use academic literature and other credible sources. All literature and other material must be fully referenced and sourced. The essay should be submitted as one document and must include a copy of your blogs in an appendix. The academic literature should provide a critical evaluation and analysis of the employability skills you have developed, i.e. the skills employers want (e.g. team building, leadership, assertiveness).
You need to reflect on the skills you planned to develop in assignment 1. Did you achieve your plans? How did you? If not – why not? Did you develop other skills you hadn’t planned to? What are they? How did they help you? Your essay should also refer to the case stories and how they contributed to your development. This is a reflective essay therefore you may use the first person. You should re-read the feedback from assignment 1 as this assignment builds on the work you did in that assignment. You are encouraged to re-use and add to the literature you used in assignment 1 to discuss what do employers want and the nature of the skills you developed, e.g. what is assertiveness? Why is team building important?
Marking Criteria:
Your essay will be assessed on your ability to fulfil the following criteria:
Reflection on learning                                                       30%
Demonstration of critical analysis and evaluation                  20%
Blog submissions                                                              20%
Use of theory and models                                                  20%
Overall presentation, style and layout including referencing   10%
Submission Details:
All documents should be submitted as one word document via WebCT on or before the submission date. In addition, a hard copy of the assignment must be placed in Chris Raddats’ assignment box by the same deadline.
Late Submissions and Extenuating Circumstances
See guidelines in the Module Information Pack.

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