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MN50732: Defining your career goals

[Page last updated: 15 October 2020]

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2020/1
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: School of Management
Further information on credits Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 120
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Modular (no specific semester)
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • COURSEWORK (CW 100%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Description: Aims:
This unit aims to help students better understand and articulate their career goals.

Learning Outcomes:
Successful completion of this unit will allow students to:
* Gain knowledge of current research on the key psychological forces underlying contemporary working lives
* Use this knowledge to deepen their understanding of who they are and who they want to become
* Increase their ability to reflect upon and learn from their experiences with the ultimate purpose of increasing the chances that they will have productive and happy working lives.

This unit will improve students' self-reflection skills, as well as their ability to articulate a clear, complex, and compelling narrative about their career goals.

The content of the course and the pedagogical philosophy behind it rest on two key assumptions: First, that leading productive, meaningful, and successful working lives involves a person's whole self, not just his or her professional knowledge and skills. Second, that being successful in the contemporary career landscape requires an ability to make sense of, and work with significant uncertainty and the broad range of emotions that accompany it.
Lectures containing material drawn from psychology and management research that questions and adds nuance cultural myths such as: "Find a job you love and you'll never have to work a day in in your life", "In any important work decision, you have to think first and act second", or "You need to have a good work-life balance", and that help the students explore the messiness of contemporary working lives and the complexity underlying every career decision.
The course includes readings, videos, class discussions and personal reflection. Topics covered include:
* Redefining success
* Work-life balance
* Talent
* Autenticity
* Courage
* You at your best.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

MN50732 is Optional on the following programmes:

School of Management


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