Due Date: 01-Apr-2020
Return Date: 24-Apr-2020
Submission method options: Alternative submission method
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Career Research Report - Length:
The purpose of this task is to research three industries of which you are interested in. This will enable a better understanding of what is required of you for each industry and give you direction of your career.
You must submit a career research report which requires you to research and report on three (3) industries you are interested in and discuss the following sections for each industry.
The following sections must be covered:
You are required to research three specific fields of employment in your discipline that you are interested in pursuing a career in.
Your research should be undertaken with respect to discussion of all aspects of the ‘field’ including the following: the nature of the work, the environment, the education, skills, training and personality traits required to be successful, average salaries, the labour market outlook, related positions and typical employers. Sources to use include: books, periodicals, newspapers, professional journals, trade journals and websites.
This section of the assignment requires you to research a specific employer in each ‘field’ you have researched in section 1.
You are required to include the following in your report: the nature of the employer including the size of the organisation, its history, the organisational structure, its culture and/or mission, branches or subsidiaries, clients or customers, products or services, opportunities for promotion, etc. Most medium to large size organisations have this information on their web site. However, you are encouraged to research information from other resources other than the organization itself.
A description of the typical career path one follows as he/she advances in this career. What is an entry level position? What are other names of entry level positions? Is there more than one path one could take? What are the middle to upper level positions? What qualifications are required?
Your reflection on the above three sections. For instance, reflect on how well you think you would fit in with this employer. Describe your satisfaction in working in the career field you have investigated. How has this research confirmed or changed your plans and why? Are there any areas in which you need to continue to develop skills? Which aspects of the field/position do you like/dislike and why?
Which aspects/characteristics do/do not fit? Refer to the exercises completed on interests, skills, and values. Specifically state how there is, or is not a match among these. Thorough and thoughtful analysis is critical to this section. Give specifics!
References & Citations:
The report must include references from at least six different resources consisting of the print resources, web or other sources.
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SUBJECT LEARNING OUTCOMES
This assessment task will assess the following learning outcome/s:
be able to define, evaluate, and reflect on employability skills and graduate attributes to plan appropriate professional development activities.
be able to explore, develop and evaluate a personal career plan.
be able to learn and assess through reflection.
be able to explore and enhance personal brand development through academic application and self-development.
GRADUATE LEARNING OUTCOMES
This task also contributes to the assessment of the following CSU Graduate Learning Outcome/s:
Professional Practice (Knowledge) - Charles Sturt Graduates possess the knowledge and understanding of the discipline and the nature of professionalism required for the given profession or discipline in contemporary societies.
Professional Practice (Skill) - Charles Sturt Graduates demonstrate discipline-specific technical capabilities and self-appraisal required for a beginning practitioner or professional.
Lifelong Learning (Knowledge) - Charles Sturt Graduates anticipate lifelong learning requirements post-graduation.
Lifelong Learning (Skill) - Charles Sturt Graduates seek and employ feedback to reflect on performance and outcomes in order to develop as an individual and professional.
Lifelong Learning (Application) - Charles Sturt Graduates reflect on personal capabilities and develop habits of self-directed learning that will extend beyond student life.
MARKING CRITERIA AND STANDARDS
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Career Research Report
High Distinction 85-100
Distinction 75 – 84.5
Credit 65 – 74.5
Pass 50 - 64.5
Fail 0 – 49.5
Indicates aim of the assignment; Outline of report structure; Main points previewed
Comprehensive, succinct purpose and significance of the main points are clearly explained and signposted through the report structure.
Provides a clear and concise summary of the report and a clear, concise identification of the main points.
Provides a summary of the report that identifies the significant aspects and how they inter-relate.
Attempts to identify the requirements, but does not draw out their significance in relation to the assignment.
Does not identify or provides only a limited identification of the requirements for the introduction.
Introduction identifies and describes the nature and purpose of the assignment
Comprehensively and succinctly identifies the nature and purpose of the assignment
Clearly and concisely identifies the nature and purpose of the assignment
Identifies the nature and purpose of the assignment
Attempts to identify the nature and purpose of the assignment
Does not identify or provides only a limited identification of the nature or purpose of the assignment
Clear and comprehensive answers to the questions provided using references and personal insight.
Outstanding and insightful answers to the questions demonstrating extensive research and in-depth personal insight.
Clearly and concisely developed answers to the questions, evidence of broad research and developed personal insight
Answers provided are clear showing evidence of research and personal insight.
Answers provided are limited in their exploration and show limited research and personal insight.
Fails to provide clear and comprehensive answers to the questions and provides no references or personal insight.
Demonstrates soundness and thoroughness of your research
Information gathered is particularly relevant enabling depth and knowledge that are particularly pertinent demonstrating depth of research.
Information obtained demonstrates sound comprehension research.
Information provided has a reasonable depth of understanding and demonstrates soundness and thoroughness of research
Some information irrelevant; inadequate range/depth of research.
Information selected is not relevant or of poor quality and insufficient.
Research is not logical, relevant or suitable.
Main points summarised and linked to discussion.
Comprehensive, clear and concise summary provided.
Comprehensive summary provided.
Good, reasonably thorough summary provided.
Adequate but basic summary provided.
Little or no summary provided.
APA 6 referencing of at least six different resources.
Both the in text and end reference list are consistent in terms of style and application of APA 6.
Six or more references used.
The style is consistent throughout the text and end reference list. Application is still inconsistent with some points remaining unreferenced.
There is consistent style, but application is not consistent with some errors.
3 – 4 references used
There is an attempt to apply referencing, but style and application are inconsistent.
1 – 2 references used
There is limited or no attempt at in text or end of text referencing.
Clear and appropriate structure
All paragraphs are appropriately structured so each contains a single topic. Demonstrates a clear and logical progression of points, with clearly linked paragraphs
Paragraphs are mostly appropriately structured with logical use of evidence and argument. Demonstrates a clear progression of points, and paragraphs mostly clearly linked.
Paragraphs contain a single topic. Some are less well developed (fragments) or have more than one topic (overly long). Whilst a relationship between the points are clear, the essay has some missing links and/or structural errors
Paragraphs show some arrangement into related ideas but the topic is implicit or unclear. Paragraphs tend to be fragmented or overly long. Has a discernible structure, but lacks coherence
Paragraph topics are unclear and there is little structure for ideas.
Paragraphs are fragmented or overly long. No discernible structure or progression of points.
Depth of reflection
Writing demonstrates an in-depth reflection on personal career, including substantial supporting details and examples
Writing demonstrates a thorough reflection on personal career, including some supporting details and examples
Writing demonstrates a limited reflection on personal career, including minimal supporting details and examples
Writing demonstrates a minimal reflection on personal career, including a few supporting details and examples
Writing demonstrates lack of reflection on personal career, with no details.
Mark / 100
Worth 30% of your final grade
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Career Research Report
Your assignment should consist of the following elements:
Table of contents;
Body of the report addressing the sections listed above;
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Career Research Report
APA (7th Edition) Referencing must be used, including in-text citations and complete and correctly formatted reference list. More information can be found here
This assignment must be submitted through Turnitin.
It is recommended that your name, student ID and page number are included in the header or footer of every page of the assignment.
Further details about submission through Turnitin will be provided via Interact2.
Additional information to assist you with your assignment can be found here http://student.csu.edu.au/study/skills/guidesandtips/writing-at-uni
The CSU report checklist can be found here http://student.csu.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0019/830350/Report-Writing-Checklist.pdf