Managing People and Careers


Module Title:
Managing People and Careers

Module Code:

QAB020N501A

Module Convenor:

Bosun Sanusi
Brief introduction to module This module will help you understand the background to managing people as resources in respect of careers, recruitment and employability. By gaining knowledge of why employers use the techniques and processes they do to attract and recruit the right people for their organisations you will be able to apply it to your own future management practice as well as to your own applications for graduate jobs. We will guide you through typical recruitment practices for graduate jobs from the perspective of a recruiter and an applicant. It is very practical and much of the learning arises from in-class activities, many of which simulate actual recruitment exercises. An important part of the module is developing your networking skills among fellow students from different cultures and building your confidence in communicating with others. It is very important that you attend all lectures and seminars, as each session will address a different aspect of your expected learning outcomes.
Module learning outcomes: On successful completion of this module you will be able to demonstrate: Knowledge outcome– You will be able to develop understanding of how to effectively manage people as well as your own employability and career in organisations Intellectual /transferable skills outcome – You will be able to: analyse own strengths and weaknesses in relation to organisational employment opportunities and becoming business ready; apply mindfulness of yourself and others in order to operate effectively and sensitively within cross-cultural teams and to present the findings of an investigation in a professional manner through a variety of media in an acceptable format
Week No Lecture topic Seminar activities (Indicative) Recommended reading Directed study Alignment to Roehampton Business Graduate
BR1 x BR2 x BR3 x
1 Managing People & Careers – An Introduction Objectives: Understand the importance of this module and what you will learn from it Know the structure of the module Know what work will be expected of you if you want to do well Understand the concepts of careers and career management Know where to get help and useful resources How this links to your assessment: In order to do well in this module you need to understand the structure and objectives of the planned teaching and learning. Lectures and seminars will each provide slightly different perspectives. Sometimes the lecture will provide separate information from the seminar. The first lecture will explain how this will work. Assessment details and competency frameworks; Building a seminar team; Starting your Skills Bank This week you will start developing networking skills during the seminar, including understanding cross-cultural consideration in communication for relationship building. You will also be given the tools and knowledge to start writing your personal ‘Skills Bank’. How this links to your assessment: In order to complete an excellent application you first need excellent examples. This week will help you understand how to start collecting them, as well as well as where to get information about how to write them up well and express them well in interviews There is no core textbook because there is no definitive way to complete an application. Some weeks there are strong recommendations for reading, but to achieve an excellent mark, you should draw on a range of sources for inspiration. A number of resources will be referred to throughout the module. These will include current vacancies on employer websites as well as other online materials. Some useful books throughout the module are: Trought, Frances, (2012), Brilliant employability skills: how to stand out from the crowd in the graduate job market. Harlow. Pearson Education. Rook, S. (2013). The graduate career guidebook. Basingstoke (UK): Palgrave Macmillan Lees, J. (2013), Knock Out CV, How to get noticed, get interviewed and get hired. London, McGraw-Hill Cottrell, S (2015), Skills for Success: Personal Development and Employability (Palgrave Study Skills), 3rd Edition, Basingstoke, Palgrave-MacMillan For week 2: Compulsory: Conduct a Career Trajectory interview with a family member or friend, as directed. Read McDonalds Case Study, as directed Recommended: Explore Careers Centre resources; Start the Chancellor’s Careers Award on the UR Careers website https://www.roehampton.ac.uk/careers/

Review personal outcomes from Understanding Self and Others last year in the context of your career plan;

Start compiling your Skills Bank.

2 Employer Perspective: The Management of People as Resources Objectives: Understand the importance of career management from an employer’s perspective Explore the changing expectations and assumptions about careers from the individual and organisational perspective Understand new career models Identify key talent management and career development strategies Examine different responsibilities for career and talent management

How this links to your assessment: The assessment for this module comprises the component parts of a job application. In order to write a successful job application you need first to understand how employers plan their recruitment and why they do it the way they do. You will better demonstrate you can meet their needs if you understand the process from their perspective.

Each seminar will begin with a review of the previous week’s independent work. Compare and contrast different career patterns and career trajectories, based on your preparation;

In groups, design a new organisational career management initiative

Consider a case study of career management in an organisation.

Explore graduate employer websites. Find vacancies and employer information through websites including https://www.prospects.ac.uk/ http://www.milkround.com/ https://targetjobs.co.uk/ Also explore individual employer sites. Further reading to be advised For Week 3: find 1 graduate vacancy you may be interested in – explore the website; consider it from both the employer and the candidate perspective;

Continue compiling your Skills Bank

Sign up for websites e.g. Target Jobs, Prospects, Milk round;

3 Employer Perspective: Attracting the Best People Objectives: Understand the importance of employer branding and EVP Explore different strategies for attracting talents Evaluate the implications of social media for recruitment and selection Understand the link between effective recruitment and employee retention

How this links to your assessment: In order to match the needs of an employer and tailor your application properly, you need to understand the techniques they use to attract the right candidates.

Each seminar will begin with a review of the previous week’s independent work. Decoding job advertisements; Prepare a recruitment campaign in teams, using a range of media. Learn more about LinkedIn; Set up a LinkedIn profile; Review Social Media profiles Using the grad vacancy you have brought… Discuss and review key words etc. Then review live recruitment campaigns and vacancies; consider employee benefits, pay and reward, etc. Your on-line profile: LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, Blogs, Vlogs etc.: set up a LinkedIn profile after reviewing some alternatives How this links to your assessment: Designing recruitment campaigns will deepen your understanding of the employer perspective, enabling you to write a better application. Establishing a compelling online profile will strengthen your application and use similar content and skills to those needed for your assessment. Website for learning more about making the most of LinkedIn https://students.linkedin.com/uk

Further reading to be advised

For Week 4 – revise some of the tools and techniques that employers use to recruit – prepare for a mini test in class; Refine personal LinkedIn profile; research how to make best use of LinkedIn Continue compiling your Skills Bank
4 Employer Perspective: Selecting the Best People
Objectives: The legislative framework Job Descriptions and Person Specifications Selection processes and techniques employers use to select the best candidates
How this links to your assessment: In order to match the needs of an employer and tailor your application properly, you need to understand the frameworks employers use to identify and select the right candidates
Each seminar will begin with a review of the previous week’s independent work. Compare and contrast job descriptions and person specifications for graduate roles Write a person specification for the WWF role and… Briefing for Reading Week How this links to the assessment: Writing your own job descriptions and person specifications will deepen your knowledge and understanding of them, which will help you write your own application to match. Useful employer-targeted report on good hiring practice: CIPD Research Report, August 2015, A Head For Hiring, The Behavioural Science Of Recruitment And Selection Pilbeam, S. and Corbridge, M., 2011. People resourcing Contemporary HRM in practice. Pearson Education. ACAS. (2016) Recruiting staff. London: Acas. NEWELL-BROWN, J. (2012) The professional recruiter’s handbook: delivering excellence in recruitment practice. 2nd ed. London: Kogan Page. CIPD Factsheet https://www2.cipd.co.uk/hr-resources/factsheets/recruitment-overview.aspx Continue compiling your Skills Bank
5 Assessment Workshop and Assignment Briefing

You need to bring in your assignment draft to classes this week to receive formative feedback from your module tutor. Bring your laptops, reading, notes and other materials.

How this links to your assessment: Using this time to continue compiling your own Skills Bank now will save you time when it comes to writing your assessment because you will have the examples to hand. Reading how to write CVs, applications and cover letters will prepare you for discussion and learning in Week 6, which will cover the structure and content needed for a successful final assessment. Make an appointment with the Careers team to have your CV and cover letter reviewed. For Week 6: Collating skills bank and cv; find another vacancy you could apply for; prepare some questions for the Land That Job panel; READ relevant chapters of the recommended books and review relevant websites as directed on Moodle; If you haven’t done so already, look at Roehampton Careers website (URCareers) and prepare a draft CV;

BRING YOUR SKILLS BANK TO SEMINAR NEXT WEEK

6 Candidate Perspective: Preparing Your Application Objectives: Learn the foundations of effective CVs, Applications and Cover Letters
How this links to your assessment: This week covers how to complete a targeted and well-written application, which forms the majority of the final assessment submission.
Each seminar will begin with a review of the previous week’s independent work. Critique samples of cover letters, application forms, LinkedIn profiles, based on work completed during Reading Week as well as supplied samples. How this links to your assessment: Critically reviewing a range of examples will equip you better complete your own targeted and well-written application, which forms the majority of the final assessment submission. Essential: Woodcock, B., Keaveney, J. (2017), Graduate CVs and Covering Letters. Palgrave Career Skills, London, Palgrave-MacMillan Recommended: Lees, J. (2013), Knock Out CV, How to get noticed, get interviewed and get hired. London, McGraw-Hill Milkround, Target and Prospects all offer useful advice on CVs, cover letters and application forms; additionally, try https://www.grb.uk.com/ Most recruitment agencies also include advice on their websites – e.g. Hays, Michael Page, Reed. For Week 7: Using your Skills Bank, start drafting a basic CV and cover letter; if you already have one, review it critically against the criteria discussed in the seminar this week; Continue compiling your Skills Bank
7 Independent Study, Advice & Guidance Week (No scheduled classes) – Work on your SKILLS bank (using the STAR technique) and portfolio (generic content until Job descriptions are released in Week 9) For Week 8: Review your Skills Bank and consider answers to some common interview questions, as discussed in class this week
8 Guest speaking session How this links to your assessment: Gaining direct insights from an Employability specialist who will provide the students with up to date information to include in their approach to their application. – Asking questions to the guest speaker will improve the students’ verbal skills, which could aid with the interview technique. ** Module Assessment** Interview Simulations **Attendance compulsory** How this links to your assessment: Seminar activities this week form 10% of your assessment Rook, S. (2013). The graduate career guidebook. Basingstoke (UK): Palgrave Macmillan Chapter 13 Impressing At Interviews For Week 9: Review your performance and complete the review form started in class
9 Candidate Perspective: Introduction to Assessment Centres: Individual Exercises Objectives: To understand the purpose of assessment centres and why they are used To gain an understanding of the individual assessment centre exercises How to do your best in individual exercises

How this links to your assessment: Whilst individual exercises are not included in your assessment for this module, they are likely to be included in selection processes for graduate jobs. If you are aiming for a graduate level job (and you should be!) then you need all the knowledge you can get.

Each seminar will begin with a review of the previous week’s independent work. Individual assessment centre exercises practice e.g. in-tray; timed report; quick-fire presentation practice

How this links to your assessment: Whilst individual exercises are not included in your assessment for this module, they are likely to be included in selection processes for graduate jobs. If you are aiming for a graduate level job (and you should be!) then you need all the practice you can get.

Rook, S. (2013). The graduate career guidebook. Basingstoke (UK): Palgrave Macmillan, Chapter 15: Passing Assessment Centres

Houston, K. and Cunningham, E., How to Succeed at Assessment Centres (Palgrave Career Skills) Paperback 2015, Palgrave-MacMillan

After the seminar: Complete on-line psychometric tests as directed, for practice; Review and revise all elements of the module so far;
10 Candidate Perspective: Assessment Centres: Group Exercises Objectives: To gain an overview of graduate schemes To gain an understanding of the group assessment centre exercises How to do your best in group exercises ** Module Assessment** Assessment Centre group exercise **Attendance compulsory** How this links to your assessment: Seminar activities this week form 10% of your assessment The 3 vacancy choices for the assessment will uploaded to Moodle this week. Begin your preparation to ensure you can target them effectively and prepare any questions ready for Week 11 session. After the seminar: Review assessment centre group performance and complete form started in class; Review your Skills Bank and ensure you have a good range of examples of examples to include in your CV, application and cover letter; research some potential live graduate vacancies and consider how your skills might match them
11 Candidate Perspective: Finding Vacancies and Planning Your Job Search Objectives: Planning; Keeping progress and feedback records; Understanding the main grad recruitment cycle and timings Where to find vacancies How this links to your assessment: This lecture will tell you where to look for advertised and non-advertised vacancies. It will also help you plan your job search. This lecture will remind you what employers are looking for when they advertise and how they use words to attract the best people. Remembering this will help you write a good application. Each seminar will begin with a review of the previous week’s independent work. Revision sessions for completing the portfolio: CV, cover letter, application form. **Assessment** How this links to your assessment: This week you can ask specific questions about the vacancies you will be applying to for your assessment. Spend time looking at the recommended websites and job boards, finding vacancies and graduate schemes you may be interested in.

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