This assessment asks you to select either an autobiography or biography or movie/video clip, about a person and their career or work, you admire. This person may be living or have passed away. It is essential that you have access to written material on this person to use as a reference for this assessment. You will need to describe and analyse the following from this material: Introduction and Conclusion (500 words)
Part One: (500 words)
1. Who is the person and why do you admire him/her/them?
2. What did the person understand about himself/herself/them self? i.e their personality, skills attributes, values etc?
3. Who are/were the significant people and/or places in his/her/their life story?
4. What does he/she/they say about their career, work or life works, beyond his/her/their local context, i.e. beyond their family, where they live etc? Part Two: (500 words) Based on the above descriptions, conclude how your chosen person might choose to conceptualise/describe/frame their career/work today? For example:
• Might they use the term ‘career’ or other descriptions?
• Might they use a metaphor or an image to describe their life’s work?
• Might they consider the role of education i.e. influence of teachers, subject choices?
• Might they consider personal qualities they had and how these shaped their life’s work?
• Might they refer to special events or/and people who have shaped their life’s wo
Paper title Education, Careers and Employability
In-class contact 20
Online (if appropriate) 4
Total 150 hours for 15 points/ 300 hours for 30 points
In this paper, students will explore their education, career and employability aspirations and goals.
Students will develop strategies toward placing career and employability into the context of higher
education with a focus on knowledge of self; knowledge of place and people; and knowledge of a
global society. These strategies will contribute to the broader exploration of an educational vision of
learning in support of a changing world.
Learning Outcomes: (these are our formal contract with students)
1. Discuss the significance of careers and employability for higher education students
2. Apply knowledge of self to careers and employability
3. Identify and assess university services for personal career development
• The relationship between higher education and employment
• Learning in Higher Education
• Employment and Employability
• Career development in Higher Education
• Constructing knowledge of self and self in relation to others
• Systems Theory Framework: a conceptual map (e.g. McMahon & Patton)
• The storied approach, i.e. career stories (e.g. Brott, Savickas)
1 Including self-directed learning and independent study, assignment preparation, investigation and writing.
Learning and Teaching Strategies:
Lectures, seminars, group discussion and self-directed learning. Online learning will involve set
activities and tasks to complete, including reviewing material and watching video clips, in order to
estalblish ongoing reflection on your career story.
Set Texts (state if no set text)
No set text.
Each session has required reading. Links to references will be available electronically through Course
Resources on the Course Blackboard site. You are expected to read and come to scheduled sessions
You are expected to consult additional references which may be given during or after sessions, as
well as locate relevant books & journals available through the AUT Library.
Burnett, B. & Evans, D. (2016). Designing Your Life build a life that works for you. London, England:
Graeber, D. (2018). Bullsh*t Jobs The Rise of Pointless Work and What WE Can Do About It. Penguin
Inkson, K., Dries, N. & Arnold, J. (2007). Understanding Careers (2nd ed.). London, England: SAGE
Knight, P. & Yorke, M. (2004). Learning, Curriculum and Employability in Higher Education. London,
McMahon , M. (Ed.). (2017). Career counselling Constructivist approaches. New York, NY: Routledge.
Teichler, U. (2009). Higher Education and the World of Work. Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense