In this current age, you are required to actively manage your own career path. This assessment will prompt you to think deeply and reflect on the jobs, career or industry that you really want to work in.

Assessment 3: Detailed instructions

Purpose 

The purpose of this assessment is to conduct a self-case analysis on your career development plan.

Task details

In this current age, you are required to actively manage your own career path. This assessment will prompt you to think deeply and reflect on the jobs, career or industry that you really want to work in. Your task is to address the following questions in an essay/report format:

Key issues

  1. Where do I want to be

Some key issues to analyse and consider here include:

  • What are my short-term career objectives?
  • What are my long-term career objectives?
  • Why are these key objectives important to you?
  1. Where am I now? 

Two key issues you should address here include:

  • An assessment and analysis of my current personal values
  • An assessment and analysis of my current knowledge, skills, abilities and other qualifications compared to those required for my desired job.

Here are links to some of the self-assessment survey to evaluate your values, skills, etc.:

You can use other survey assessments that you found interesting. You must attach the survey results as evidence to support your analysis in the Appendix section.

Plan of actions

  1. How am I going to get there? 

In this section you need to outline three (3) strategies (plan of actions) that are able to assist you to obtain your career goals and also to overcome your gap identified in Section 2. This may be very specific if you are already very clear on your career goals and it can be very general if you are unclear of your career goals as yet. In either case, the idea is to discuss ways of pursuing a career that is most consistent with your lifestyle goals and values.

Reflection/Learning 

  1. What are your learning curves? 

Analyse two (2) learning outcomes that you experience by conducting this self-analysis case study assignment. Some guiding questions are:

  • What challenges did you face while completing this assignment?
  • How did you solve those challenges?
  • What did you see as the major benefits of this assignment?
  • What do you see any disadvantages or drawbacks of this assignment?

In this section, you also need to provide a visual career map that includes:

  • your future position/industry
  • necessary skills/experiences needed for the position
  • your strengths/values in gaining the position
  • challenges that you anticipate in gaining the position
  • strategies in gaining the position.

A satisfactory career map will be added to the Career Portfolio under the LTU Career Ready Advantage Award initiative. You can learn more about the Career Ready Advantage Award and eligible activities via the CRA webpage and Career Hub.

Instructions

Your essay/report should have the following structure:

  • An Introduction
  • Body
  • Conclusion
  • Reference List.

You must consult and reference a minimum of five (5) academic articles to support your analysis in Sections 2 and 3. You need to use APA7 referencing.

The total length of the assessment is a maximum of 1,500 words (+/- 10%) (Reference list and title page are excluded from the word count).

Resources and readings relevant to the assessment

It is recommended that you consider the following publications to identify relevant articles:

  • Academy of Management Journal
  • Academy of Management Learning & Education
  • Academy of Management Review
  • Administrative Science Quarterly
  • Human Resource Development Quarterly
  • Human Resource Management
  • Human Resource Planning
  • Journal of Applied Psychology
  • Journal of Management
  • Journal of Management Development
  • Journal of Management Education
  • Journal of Organisational Behaviour and Management Learning
  • Human Resource Development International

Format 

The document should be written as a clear, concise report. It is important that your report has a logical flow and good structure, makes use of relevant subheadings where appropriate and that you write using coherent, integrated text, avoiding grammatical and spelling mistakes.

For reading (and marking) ease please use a 12-point Calibri font with 1.5x spacing.

You are advised to consult the grading rubric before commencing your assessment piece.

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