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Assignment brief



'Reading' the career of a public figure (use the online forum for this module)
You are invited to firstly comment on one of the previous postings to this thread. Secondly, and in the same post, select one or more public figures that interest you and for which there is some information generally available concerning their career development. Try and use one or more of the key concepts covered in this module to interpret their career development i.e. to take a brief 'reading' of their career development. Post your thoughts to the thread in the module forum. I have posted some reflections on the career development of Boris Johnson to get us started. Posts are intended to be fairly informal and short. Posting is voluntary and you are alternatively welcome to discuss your formative work on this module individually with a tutor. So we can all benefit from it, please complete this activity within three months of registering on the module.


Career development theories project (5000 word limit: weighting 100%)
This module is summatively assessed via a project consisting of two parts. The first part consists of a career development 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 selected key concepts to gain fresh insights into career development and inform your practice.

1/ Critique of video case study (2500 words)
This case study is based on taking multiple readings of the video and transcript (Danny). First, you are asked to listen to the video. For the critique, you are then asked to interpret Danny's career making reference to the key concepts starting with Krumboltz and then Holland, Super, Law, Hodkinson, Cochran and Savickas. Some preliminary questions are provided. The emphasis in this part is on showing your detailed understanding of seven career development theories by interpreting an individual's career development.

In order to help with this, you are asked to download your copy of the transcript. Use the ‘New comments / Insert comments’ command in Word (or equivalent) to insert your annotations linked to the key concepts in the module slides. A brief example is provided. Submit the annotated transcript as an appendix (the transcript is not part of the word count).

2/ Critique of self-selected case study (2500 words)
First, you are asked to find someone who is prepared to be interviewed by you as part of a career development case study (i.e. not acting as a client). The case study should be around 30 minutes long and anonymised. Make an audio recording of the person's account of their career development. The participant's signed agreement to this process should be obtained.

Turning to the critique, select two career development theories only 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 to enhance the career development learning of the person in the case study in the present and the past. You are asked to consider a range of actions including but not necessarily confined to: one-to-one discussions, career information, group work, work experience, desk research, meeting or interacting with others, self-reflection, marketing and management of career support services and so on. The emphasis in this part is on using your reading of career development to suggest practice.

In order to help with the critique, you are asked to transcribe and annotate the case study using the key concepts from the two career development theories. Submit the annotated transcript as an appendix (this is not part of the word count).


Final points
Submit both parts of the project at the same time. The assignment must be submitted using the the online submission system. You will be invited to give overall feedback on the module as part of this. Word limits must be adhered to within a 10% leeway and beyond this may be penalised. Coursework will be assessed against the learning outcomes described in the module specification and postgraduate assessment criteria. The course guide to referencing (e.g. citation style, use of reference list and bibliography) and presenting must be used. Links to all these elements are available in the online student handbook in the student course space.


You are entitled and encouraged to arrange a tutorial to discuss any aspect of this module. This should be done at least one month before the submission date. This can take place via Skype, phone or face-to-face at the University and last between 15-60 minutes as needed. To get the ball rolling, please email some possible dates and times to