Last updated : 26 Oct 2016

Succeed in the workplace

Summary

Do you want to change jobs? Are you just starting in the job market? Are you returning to work after a break? If so, this course will help you explore career opportunities by starting from you, not the job.

You'll start this course by looking at yourself, to explore career opportunities. As you progress you will gain the skills to write strong CVs and application forms, and to handle different types of interviews. By the end of the course you will have made a start on your own realistic and robust action plan to enable you to find a job that will fulfil your aspirations and suit your lifestyle. You’ll use plenty of real-life examples to help with this and get plenty of opportunities to practise your new understanding and skills.

Part of this practice will be the weekly interactive quizzes, of which Weeks 4 and 8 will provide you an opportunity to earn a badge to demonstrate your new skills. You can read more on how to study the course and about badges in the next sections.

Programme

week1

    Introduction and guidance
 
    Week 1: Start planning your career
    Week 1 practice quiz

Week2

    Week 2: Understanding your skills and abilities
    Week 2 practice quiz

Week3

    Week 3: Exploring available opportunities
    Week 3 practice quiz

Week4

    Week 4: Considering work experience and voluntary work
    Week 4 compulsory badge quiz

Week5

    Week 5: Social and employment networking
    Week 5 practice quiz

Week6

    Week 6: Creating strong job applications
    Week 6 practice quiz

Week7

    Week 7: Presenting your ‘best’ self at interview
    Week 7 practice quiz

Week8

    Week 8: Planning your next steps
    Week 8 compulsory badge quiz

Learning outcomes

After completing this course you will be able to:

  • reflect on your interests and values and how these are relevant to your career choice
  • understand the value of your networks in career planning
  • develop the skills to write strong job applications and CVs
  • recognise different interview situations and questions, and know how to approach these
  • produce a realistic personal action plan.

We recommend that you keep a notebook to record your responses to the activities throughout the course. There are also several tables and documents which are useful to work on directly and keep. We’ve collected these together in the Resource pack, which you can download. You can either work on this directly and store it on your computer or print it out and fill it in by hand.

Teaching-Learning methodology

cMooc (based on discussion among the participants and creation of contents)

Assessment

Part of the practice will be the weekly interactive quizzes, of which Weeks 4 and 8 will provide you an opportunity to earn a badge to demonstrate your new skills.

  • Soft skills Communication, Self evaluation, Leadership
  • Language English
  • Other languages (eg. Subtitles) Unknown
  • Period of activation Self-paced
  • Date Unknown
  • Duration 8 weeks
  • Level of commitment required 24 hours total, 3 hours a week
  • Cost Free * See platform for details
  • Providing institution The Open University
  • Mooc Platform OpenupEd
  • Target group Do you want to change jobs? Are you just starting in the job market? Are you returning to work after a break? If so, this course will help you explore career opportunities by starting from you, not the job.
  • Instructor Unknown
  • Level of assistance offered Not mentioned
  • Keywords Self-evaluation, communication, marketing yourself, networking, job applications, job interview