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The first part of the assignment consists of a video case study. A video, transcript and preliminary questions are supplied to support your interpretation of the case study using the key concepts. The second part of the assignment is very much about your context. We ask you to construct a case study and use the key concepts to gain fresh insights into career development and inform practice.
1/ Case study one (2,500 words; weighting 50%)
This case study is based on the video (Danny) contained in the page above. You are asked to annotate a given transcript and use this to begin taking multiple readings of the case study.

a) Interview transcript: as a basis for your interpretation, you are asked to annotate the transcript of Danny's career development. The full transcript is available as a Word document in the page above and you are asked to download a copy . Once you have downloaded your copy, use the ‘New comments / Insert comments’ command in Word to insert your annotations linked to the key concepts in the module slides. A brief example is provided at the foot of this page. Submit the annotated transcript as an appendix. (This is not part of the word count).

b) Theoretically-informed interpretation (2500 words): you are asked to interpret Danny's career making reference to the key concepts of Krumboltz, Holland, Super, Law, Hodkinson, Cochran and Savickas. Base your analysis on your annotated copy of the interview transcript, the key concepts and the preliminary questions located in the page above.
2/Case study two (word limit 2500; weighting 50%)
a) Find someone who is prepared to act as a career development case study (i.e. not acting as a client). The case study should be around 30 minutes long and anonymised. The participant's signed agreement should be obtained. Record the case study and then transcribe and annotate it using the key concepts identified in b) below. Submit the annotated transcript as an appendix. (This is not part of the word count).

b) Theoretically-informed interpretation and further actions (2500 words): select 2 or 3 career development theories and provide a brief justification for your choice. These can be drawn from the module slides and/or wider reading. If the latter, please briefly describe and reference the key concepts selected and discuss the choice with your module leader. Use the key concepts to interpret the case study. Based wholly on your interpretation of the case study using the selected key concepts, suggest some ways in which the career development learning of the person in the case study could be enhanced (and could have been enhanced in the past). You are asked to consider a range of actions including but not necessarily confined to: further one-to-one discussions, group work, desk research, meeting or interacting with others, self-reflection and so on.

3/ Learning review form (non-assessed)
Fill in and submit the learning review form along with case study two.

Coursework will be assessed against the learning outcomes described in the module description and postgraduate assessment criteria. Coursework should be referenced using the course referencing guide. Word limits must not be exceeded. Links to all these documents are available in the virtual learning environment. Failure to comply with these requirements may result in loss of marks.


An example of annotating a case study:


Ahem…before I came to university I thought I was going to be a teacher [PM1] – I’d applied to teacher training college as well as university, but when I had the option of coming to university I decided I’d prefer that because it would open up doors to me….I’ve really enjoyed my degree so I’ve thought about things that relate to psychology – so I’ve tried to bring the two – maybe educational psychology – I don’t really know what that involves and how you can actually become an educational psychologist….ahem – one aspect of the course that I’ve really enjoyed is environmental psychology – and I’ve begun to check out and there are courses – Masters courses in environmental psychology, but I don’t really know what kind of jobs that would lead into – where I’d end up after the course – to some extent. I quite like being in a university, so I kind of – I don’t know whether I’m ready to go into a job yet [PM2] – so I quite like the idea of doing more study [PM3]…..ahem…..when I – I’ve been to – there was a careers fair and I’ve been to that and I really got disheartened…because it just seemed to be big businesses, and the thing that I feel I don’t want to do [PM4] – because I don’t want to go into……that kind of graduate training scheme with a financial or business organisation because I just don’t think I’d relate to it....Ahh – I’ve done quite – I’ve always worked in holidays [PM5] – I’ve always had summer jobs – last summer I worked as a nursing auxiliary in a psychiatric hospital…because I thought clinical psychology might be an area to go into [PM6]….but, it kind of terrified me a bit that environment and I didn’t really think I’d like to - to go into clinical psychology – but I do know that the jobs I’ve enjoyed most have been when I’ve been dealing with people [PM7]...


[PM1]Possibly RIASEC Social type?

[PM2]Evidence of Crystallisation?

[PM3]Student role emphasised


[PM5]Worker role

[PM6]Trialling Self-concept

[PM7]Could be core Value?


Issued 11/12