LW4004 - Key Skills For Employability

What will I learn on this module?

You will learn about the following:-
Understanding legal and business organisations
• Understanding of the legal profession and legal/business organisations and their personnel
• Understanding the recruitment process
Making yourself employable
• What employers are looking for
• Where to look for graduate opportunities
• Impact and importance of social media
• Focussing on future career plans, how to decide – strengths and weaknesses
• The opportunities that exist for maximising employability skills
Commercial awareness
• What does it mean?
• Why is it important?
• How do I demonstrate I have it?
Making the application
• An overview of the process
• The purpose of a CV, what it should look like
• A range of CV/application form do’s and don’ts
• Peer and tutor review
You have been long-listed
• The role and purpose of psychometric testing
• To reflect on the results of your psychometric tests
• The use of telephone or skype interviews and do’s and don’ts
You have been short-listed
• Preparing for interview- first impressions; when to listen and when to speak; what might be asked; what to ask them.
Interview Preparation- Practising Interview Questions
• Responding well to interview questions
• Giving and receiving feedback
Assessment centres
• Why firms use them
• Type of tasks and approaches to being successful

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through lectures, workshops and independent learning. There will be directed learning and pre-workshop tasks for you to work through in advance of the workshop sessions to ensure active participation in a range of activities. Workshops will also offer the opportunity for peer and tutor feedback. The learning will be supported by resources provided through the E-Learning Portal Site, the University Careers Service, and graduate employers.

You will be provided with detailed feedback in workshops on the elements of the module that are assessed in the final portfolio and, as part of your reflective development, such feedback can be utilised in the preparation of the final submission of the portfolio. You are therefore able to demonstrate self-reflection and reflective practice within the module and on the programme as a whole, with feedback of appropriate quality and the positive application of formative feedback on learning.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

The University is well-placed to support you in learning and research with an excellent library and teaching facilities, access to on-line databases and resources and appropriate software.

This module is designed and will be managed by your designated Module Tutor who will be responsible for guiding you in your engagement and learning on the module. All relevant materials and instructions will be accessible on-line through the module elp site, maintained by your Module Tutor. Extensive use is therefore made of the eLP at module level to facilitate discussions between you and your Module Tutor, to provide materials and to make announcements. The eLP site will contain the following resources: lecture notes; Powerpoint slides; the module handbook, and details of small group exercises; advice on assessment and Panopto recordings of lectures. As well as contact with the Module Tutor you will also be taught by a workshop tutor. Should you have queries you may approach the Module Tutor or your workshop tutor or e-mail your query to either member of staff. It is also possible to make an appointment to speak to a tutor face to face. You may communicate with your Module Tutor by e-mail or telephone and are encouraged to make contact if you encounter any difficulties relating to any aspect of the module.

Academic support is also available to you through formative and summative feedback on assessments. You will have the opportunity to submit written work prior to the end of module assessment.
Support will include feedback from tutors in workshops and is also available through summative and formative feedback on your portfolio. At programme level you will be supported by the Programme Leader and your guidance tutor who will provide pastoral support throughout the module and the programme as a whole.

The Programme Administration and Student Liaison teams are responsible for the non-academic administration of the module, such as receiving your completed portfolio, returning your marked portfolio and recording your marks. They will contact you throughout the duration of your module with details about the portfolio hand-in dates and other issues.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
• You will be expected to explore future potential opportunities and develop knowledge of the legal profession and legal/business organisations and their personnel.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• You will develop an appreciation of the career development process and the skills necessary to gain professional employment to ensure effective engagement with the recruitment process.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
• You will develop an ability to reflect on feedback and use it to improve CVs, applications, cover letters and interview and assessment centre performance.

• You will develop the skills to work collaboratively with peers in workshops in a multi-cultural environment.

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment will take place through group work, portfolio and workshop discussions. Throughout the module you will undertake tasks and practical exercises individually and in groups and receive feedback from peers and tutors. The feedback will then be utilised by you as part of your reflective development in preparing the evidence of engagement in workshop tasks for the portfolio.

Criteria will be provided so you understand what is expected and how you will be assessed on your performance.

Summative Assessment on this module will be through the presentation of a portfolio of evidence of engagement in workshop tasks and tutor guided independent learning.

Feedback from the summative assessment will also be provided with a written comment on actions to be taken to improve performance and as part of your reflective development, such feedback can be utilised when engaging with the recruitment process in the future.





Module abstract

Key Skills for Employability improves your chances of obtaining graduate level employment through engaging in a range of activities to improve your employability skills. The module introduces you to the concept of employability and what that means to organisations. You will get an understanding of the legal profession as well as the opportunity to investigate the graduate job market; to practise CV and application writing; interviewing; psychometric testing; and developing key skills for success in assessment centres.

The module will be delivered through a programme of lectures and workshops. There will be tutor guided independent learning and pre-workshop tasks for you to work through in advance of the workshop sessions to ensure active participation in a range of activities. Workshops will also offer the opportunity for peer and tutor feedback.

Course info

UCAS Code M101

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Northumbria Law School

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2024 or September 2025

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