Whichever stage you are at in your career development, you will learn more about yourself and how to manage your career in the future by joining us on this course!

If you want to be able to make effective decisions regarding your future career and take control of your professional development, this is the right course for you.

By taking the course, you will be able not only to recognize your strengths and skills, but also to articulate them to future employers or academic institutions.

By the end of the course you will be able to:

- Understand the drivers behind your career preferences and choices

- Identify the skills which you can offer and know your current skills gaps

- Recognise opportunities for your career enhancement both within and beyond your current employer

- Summarise your achievements and skills in appropriate formats for future employers or academic institutions

- Perform effectively in a face-to-face encounter such as an interview or during a presentation

- Extend and make most effective use of your professional network both on and off line

Course Syllabus

Week One: What do you want? – Self Awareness

  • What do you need from your career? Identifying and assessing careers values.
  • Self-discovery or self-creation – where does your true career identity reside?
  • Can you predict what will make you happy? Common problems in anticipating the future.

Week TwoWhat can you offer? – Skills Awareness

  • Can you speak the secret language of skills? Evidence your achievements in a meaningful way.
  • Making yourself instantly attractive. What skills are employers asking for?
  • How can you build your skills? Education and experience – what’s the best investment?

Week Three: Are you ready to find success? – Career Readiness

  • Are you open to opportunities? What behaviours increase your chances of getting lucky breaks?
  • Are you using the right methods? Which ways of finding opportunities are right for you?
  • Can you create your own job? Intrapreneurship and entrepreneurship.

Week Four: How do you express yourself? – Articulating Your Experiences

  • Are you using the right medium for the message? CVs, portfolios and other ways of selling yourself.
  • Your personal brand. What does your on-line profile say about you?
  • Can you decode job descriptions? A step-by-step process for preparing better applications

Week Five: What impact do you make? – Making a Good Impression in Person

  • Do interviews always have to be nerve-wracking? The secrets to interview confidence.
  • Can you deal with bad interviewers? Common interviewer weaknesses and how to use them.
  • Can you increase the chances that people will like you? Maximising first impressions.

Week Six: How do you build fruitful relationships? – Networking Online and in Person

  • Does networking actually work? The benefits of loose ties.
  • Are you using online media effectively? How LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter can help your career.
  • Is networking just for job hunting? The social workplace and the power of relationships

About the course

The course will consist of self-reflective exercises and questionnaires, active reading tasks, short segmented videos of lecturer-led delivery accompanied by slides, practical assignments (e.g. informational interviewing) and short segmented videos of related activities (e.g. mock interviews) to provide feedback on.

Starting date: June 1, 2015

Length: 6 weeks

Language: English

Instructors: David Winter and Laura Brammar

Institution: University of London

Platform: Coursera

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