The overarching goal of this course is to help students develop a deeper understanding of theory and research in the area of career development and planning and to demonstrate how such knowledge is pertinent for the effective management of the students’ career prospects. The course operates under the assumption that an in-depth understanding of career issues will help students become a successful employee or leader and will assist with their long-term career goals and aspirations.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Better manage their own careers, in general,and prepare for the job search process, in particular;
- Conceptualise and implement projects working in teams;
- Articulate awareness and insights about their strengths and growth areas and develop practical strategies to apply these insights in managing their own career development;
- Determine a career path that best suits their values, interests, personality, and skills;
- Identify factors influencing employees and their careers;
- Compare and contrast the various theories of career choice and development; and,
- Articulate an in-depth understanding of theory and research in the area of career development.
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36 hours of direct participation, plus 72 hours of reading, preparation, group work and written work.
No prescribed textbook. Indicative sources of relevant readings:
Students are encouraged to investigate a range of readings in their exploration of this subject. The following books may be of interest:
Baruch, Y. (2004). Managing careers: Theory and practice. England: Pearson Education.
Bright, J., & Earl, J. (2004). Resumes that get short-listed. Australia: Allen.
Brown, D. (2007). Career information, career counseling, and career development (9th ed.). Boston: Pearson.
Feldman, D. (1988). Managing careers in organizations. Glenview, Scott, Foresman.
Greenberg, J. (1995). Behavior in organizations: Understanding and managing the human side of work. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice Hall.
Harrington, B. & Hall, D. (2007). Career management and work-life integration: Using self-assessment to navigate contemporary careers. Los Angeles: Sage publications.
Johns, G. (1988). Organizational behavior: Understanding life at work. Glenview: Scott, Foresman.
Some topics in career planning are reasonably dynamic and the relevant material in books may date quite quickly. It is therefore important to read and explore around the prescribed text/readings and to monitor relevant periodicals (both practitioner as well as academic journals). I strongly recommend that you use the following journal resources for the integrative research summary (note that this is only a partial list of journals which publish research on career-related issues):
Academy of Management Journal
Academy of Management Learning and Education
Administrative Science Quarterly
Applied Psychology: An International Review
Australian Journal of Career Development
British Journal of Management
Canadian Journal of Career Development
Career Development International
Career Development Quarterly
Human Resource Management
Human Resource Management Journal
Journal of Applied Psychology
Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Journal of Behavioral Decision Making
Journal of Business and Psychology
Journal of Management Education
Journal of Career Assessment
Journal of Career Development
Journal of Counseling Psychology
Journal of Management
Journal of Management Studies
Journal of Organizational Behavior
Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology
Journal of Vocational Behavior
Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.
- Student Contribution Band:
- Unit value:
- 6 units