Swansea Employability Award - Know yourself
Making plans for the future is not that easy for a number of reasons, some of which are unique to us, others being common to all.
Thinking about a future career can start early in life, but is often triggered when we have to consider which GCSEs and A levels to take and then what to study at university.
For some it might have been working after leaving school, discovering later what their ideal career might be and then returning to university to study.
Many of us will have some idea of the type of work that we want to do when we graduate, but many have no idea.
It is also usual for many of us to change our minds as we progress through our course of study and indeed at times throughout our working lives. This is not unusual and can be for any number of reasons.
This module is to support you in deciding what to do following graduation.
Complete the sections of Know Yourself from 1.1 to 1.8 in the workbook in Blackboard to achieve the Bronze Award.
Sections 1.1 to 1.3
What do we value in life, what kind of personality do we have, how do we best learn new things?
These are to help you gain more of an understanding about yourself.
Why have your chosen your subject of study? Why study at Swansea? What do you enjoy doing most in life? What kind of work would you most like to do? What things do you pick up easily and what do you find hard to get to grips with? What kind of person are you?
The answers to these questions are unique to each of us, although there will be similarities with others. The answers may indeed change throughout our lives the more experiences that we have.
The exercises are online and when you have completed them you will be sent a report explaining the results.
What Jobs Might Suit You?
You will answer some questions about yourself and then you are given a list of the jobs most suited to answers you have given. Each of these jobs are links to further information about the work. This can give you an idea about what might be involved in getting a job in this area. The information on job types is updated regularly and based on interviews with people who are actually doing the job itself.
This is not about matching you to your perfect job, but it may be that you do like something that comes up in the list; it might confirm what you had been thinking anyway. It might bring up some surprises, but you should bear in mind that the list is generated from your answers and as we are all different it can never match everyone to their perfect job type.
The main thing is that you think about yourself and it might be that you are happy with one job type, it might be several job types or none at all.
Click here to view additional resources for exploring different types of jobs.
Most big employers now have what are called assessment centres which include reasoning tests, so it is a good idea to practice. You can practice any number of times and each time you are emailed a report analysing your answers. Once again thinking about areas of strength and areas that you might need to work on will help you plan for the future.
CV and covering letter
Although many organisations use application forms, it is always best to have an up to date CV and a covering letter that you can edit and send to an employer either as a speculative application or to support your application form. Advice on how to create a CV and write a covering letter can be viewed here. You must create a CV and letter before making you SEA related appointment with a Careers Adviser below.
Career action plan
Complete an online Action Plan that takes you through the key aspects of your career plan over the next few years. It can help you to identify blind spots and develop SMART goals.
Activate your Gradintel account
When you have completed a module on the SEA it will be recorded on your HEAR (Higher Education Achievement Report), along with all of your academic achievements and other achievement that have been approved by Swansea University.
To activate your Gradintel account, first log into MyUni and go to the MyUni Dashboard, click onto the link for activation and follow the instructions.