University of Technology Sydney

69500 Career Management for Scientists

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UTS: Science
Credit points: 6 cp
Result type: Grade and marks

There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.

Description

The aim of this subject is to enable students to research and understand the requirements of employers of science graduates and to review and effectively promote both discipline specific skills and graduate attributes to employers in their fields of interest. It develops professional skills and behaviours sought by employers that enable graduates to transition effectively into science or other industries. It requires students to research relevant work opportunities in the local or global workplace, to analyse their capacities in relation to employer requirements in that field and review education and training needs for ongoing employment. It enables students to analyse and apply effective interpersonal skills in teamwork and develop confidence in their business communication and presentation skills. Students clarify career goals, identify relevant professional capacities and graduate attributes and learn to successfully articulate these capacities and experiences to employers. The subject also supports the development of a skills based e-portfolio for ongoing career management.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:

1. Research and analyse local and global occupational opportunities in Science or other industries using a range of web based resources and industry/human resources
2. Undertake informed career decisions based on professional capacities, interests, values and personal attributes, and understanding of the target market
3. Demonstrate professional skills such as working effectively in a team, presentation skills and business communication
4. Write appropriate self-marketing documents
5. Utilise comprehensive job seeking skills and strategies to optimise employability
6. Document, analyse and reflect on personal and professional capacities and experience for career planning and self-management purposes
7. Demonstrate confident interview skills

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

This subject also contributes specifically to the development of following course intended learning outcomes:

  • Apply: Participate in team based data collection, recording and management, with an understanding of ethical limitations (3.1)
  • Apply: Develop tools and aptitudes that create flexible and adaptive approaches to learning within a discipline context (4.1)
  • Analyse: Source and reflect on multiple sources of information to develop innovative solutions to real world problems (4.2)
  • Apply: Demonstrate interpersonal communication skills with peer and professional colleagues (5.1)
  • Analyse: Identify and practice appropriate communication approaches using a variety of methods and media (5.2)

Contribution to the development of graduate attributes

GA 3. Professional, Ethical and Social Responsibility

You will be assessed on your ability to work as a group in Assessment 3 (Career Research Group Presentation), in Assessment 4 (Reflection on your learning and professional skill development) and in the Engagement Assessment 1. Throughout the subject, particuarly in the Engagement Assessment 1, you will be asked to demonstrate your ability to be a science professional, engage with other science professionals, and reflect on your own professional ability and motivations.

GA 4. Reflection, Innovation, Creativity

You are asked to assess your graduate attributes and employability skills and conduct a gap analysis in order to formulate a personal plan of action. You will also analyse and reflect on feedback received from subject activities through Assessments 1, 2, and 3. Reflection is assessed in Assessment 4.

Initiative is assessed in the Careers Research assessment task (Assessment 3) and includes networking and making potential contacts in order to interview an employer.

GA 5. Communication

You are assessed on your written communication skills in the Cover Letter, Resume and in responses to Selection Criteria (Assessment 2), as well as in the Career Action Plan and Reflection (Assessment 4). Oral communication skills are assessed in the Career Research Presentation (Assessment 4) and the Engagement Assessment (1).

Teaching and learning strategies

This subject combines live and online learning activities where you will spend the majority of your time attending a series of seminars (1 hour a week) and tutorials (3 hours a week). The online pre-work requires you to watch selected videos, recorded screencasts and participation through Canvas. These online activities will introduce you to the key knowledge needed to actively participate in seminar discussions and tutorial group activities. These activities include opportunities to work in small groups to role play, share experiences and give peer feedback on ideas and performance.

Various other forms of feedback will be given throughout the subject. When you submit your draft resume you will recieve feedback from your peers and tutor. After your resume is graded by teaching staff, you will be given a grade for how closely your own self-grades match those of the grader. You will receive peer feedback on presentations and contribution to group work and verbal feedback on interview skills. Self-assessment also forms a big part of the subject whereby you are encouraged to reflect on how you can use the other forms of feedback given to improve your performance in the different areas covered by this subject.

In taking this 6 cp subject you are expected to spend an average of 10 hours per week, including class time.

Content (topics)

The below is a summary of some of the topics covered in Career Management for Scientists. Please see the subject schedule and UTSOnline for more information:

Searching for your career

  • What do you know about Science Resumes?
  • Tailoring Cover Letters for the Science Industry
  • Selection Criteria – STAR

Networking

  • Linkedin Lab – Focus on networking, and contributing to professional societies
  • Interview Techniques and Professional Conduct – professional integrity and scientific integrity.

Activating your career

  • Pitching yourself
  • BATYR – Developing Awareness of the “Elephant in the room”
  • Deciding on your career
  • Pathways in your science career
  • Career action plans and skills reflection

Assessment

Assessment task 1: Professional Engagement

Intent:

This assessment task contributes to the development of the following graduate attributes:

3. Professional, Ethical and Social Responsibility
4. Reflection, Innovation, Creativity
5. Communication

Objective(s):

This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):

3 and 6

This assessment task contributes to the development of course intended learning outcome(s):

3.1, 4.1 and 5.1

Type: Demonstration
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 10%
Criteria:

The assessment will be based on your observed “work ready” professional behaviour and attitude during the subject. It will include: your contribution; punctuality; timeliness and attention; clear communication; weekly submission of designated class and subject manual activities; and involvement in class discussion and activities during seminars, tutorials and group meetings and online activities.

Assessment task 2: Cover letter, Resume and Statement addressing Selection Criteria

Intent:

This assessment task contributes to the development of the following graduate attributes:

3. Professional, Ethical and Social Responsibility
4. Reflection, Innovation, Creativity
5. Communication

Objective(s):

This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):

2, 4 and 5

This assessment task contributes to the development of course intended learning outcome(s):

3.1, 4.2 and 5.2

Type: Portfolio
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 30%
Criteria:

A detailed marking rubric will be provided in class and made available online. Areas covered assessment of both the cover letter and resume and also for the response to selection criteria section.

Assessment task 3: Group Presentation

Intent:

This assessment task contributes to the development of the following graduate attributes:

3. Professional, Ethical and Social Responsibility
4. Reflection, Innovation, Creativity
5. Communication

Objective(s):

This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):

2, 6 and 7

This assessment task contributes to the development of course intended learning outcome(s):

4.2, 5.1 and 5.2

Type: Presentation
Groupwork: Group, group and individually assessed
Weight: 35%
Criteria:

A detailed marking rubric will be provided in class and made available online. Areas covered include individual presentation skills, group structure and content, group visual presentation, individual participation and collaboration.

Assessment task 4: Career Action Plan and Reflection

Intent:

This assessment task contributes to the development of the following graduate attributes:

3. Professional, Ethical and Social Responsibility

4. Reflection, Innovation, Creativity

5. Communication

Objective(s):

This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):

1, 3 and 6

This assessment task contributes to the development of course intended learning outcome(s):

3.1, 4.2 and 5.2

Type: Reflection
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 25%
Criteria:

A detailed marking rubric will be provided in class and made available online. Areas assessed include interpersonal impact and expression, reflection on skill-set and professional development, and coverage of relevant content.

Minimum requirements

Students are expected to attend all seminars and tutorials. Non-attendance (i.e. less than 80%) will result in the failure of the assessment associated with that component of the subject. Students are also required to obtain a minimum overall grade of 50% in order to pass the subject.

References

Bolles, Richard. N. 2015 What Color is your Parachute?, Ten Speed Press, Berkeley. CA

Bright, J. & Earl, J. 2014, Brilliant graduate CV: how to get your first CV to the top of the pile, Pearson, Harlow, England.

Hodgson, S. 2011, Brilliant Answers to Tough Interview Questions, 4th edn, Prentice Hall, Great Britain.

Jones, S. Yates, B. & Kelder, J. 2011, Learning and Teaching Academic Standards Project: SCIENCE Learning and Teaching Academic Standards Statement. September 2011, ALTC Strawberry Hills NSW.

UTS: Science, 2016, Careers Guide, viewed 16 January 2017, https://www.uts.edu.au/sites/default/files/sci-course-area-science-careers-guide.pdf

Villiers, A. 2005, How to write and talk to Selection Criteria, Mental Nutrition, Hawker ACT.

Yate, M. J. 2005, Great answers to tough interview questions, Kogan Page, London.

Zack, D. 2010, Networking for People Who Hate Networking, Berrett-Koehler Publishers Inc, San Francisco, CA.