Succeed in the workplace

Do you want to change jobs? Are you just starting in the job market? Are you returning to work after a break? If so, this course will help you explore career opportunities by starting from you, not the job.
What’s it about?

This course will help you get to know yourself and what you value are the foundations of your career planning. You will gain the skills to write strong CVs and application forms, and to handle different types of interviews. By the end of the course you will have made a start on your own realistic and robust action plan to enable you to find a job that will fulfil your aspirations and suit your lifestyle.

What will I learn?

After completing this course you will be able to:

  • reflect on your interests and values and how these are relevant to your career choice
  • understand the value of your networks in career planning
  • develop the skills to write strong job applications and CVs
  • recognise different interview situations and questions, and know how to approach these
  • produce a realistic personal action plan.
What’s involved?

You'll start this course by looking at yourself, to explore career opportunities. As you progress you will gain the skills to write strong CVs and application forms, and to handle different types of interviews. By the end of the course you will have made a start on your own realistic and robust action plan to enable you to find a job that will fulfil your aspirations and suit your lifestyle. You’ll use plenty of real-life examples to help with this and get plenty of opportunities to practise your new understanding and skills.

Part of this practice will be the weekly interactive quizzes, of which Weeks 4 and 8 will provide you an opportunity to earn a badge to demonstrate your new skills. 

Prerequisites?

None


Course Code: SWP_1
Available: 13 October 2015
Duration: 8 weeks,2 hours
Type: Micro course
Assessments: 2 hours

Credentialing:
Course Credit: Non accredited
Additional Courses:
Credential: Digital badge, Statement of participation
Level:

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