ATS3743 - Build your career: Planning and strategies for employability - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Organisational Unit

School of Media, Film and Journalism


Dr Paul Atkinson (Semester 1)

Dr Andrew Johnson (Semester2)

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)


  • Second semester 2017 (Day)



This unit equips students with the capacity to manage their careers lifelong. It contextualises this understanding in the history, sociology, economics and future of work. Work legislation and the role of unions and professional associations also provide a setting for exploration of career concepts and theories and their application to the individual. Students will develop a career plan based on an awareness of their skills and aspirations and an understanding of approaches to job search, career decision making and managing change.

The unit will be delivered through a mix of seminars and practicals and will draw upon student's recent or concurrent experience of work.


This subject provides students with:

  1. Practical experience and awareness of job search, networking, application and recruitment processes including interviews;
  2. The opportunity to contextualise understand work in terms of its history, politics, economics and sociology;
  3. An understanding of career concepts and theories and their application to individuals, focussing on self-assessment, exploring opportunities, decision making and managing transitions;
  4. The opportunity to develop a career strategic plan concentrating on employability skills, opportunity awareness and strategies for implementing career development plans


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Chief examiner(s)

Dr Paul Atkinson (Semester 1)

Dr Andrew Johnson (Semester2)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


Twelve credit points of first-year units.