By the end of this course, students will:
- have a greater understanding of the issues that surround employability;
- have enhanced their skills in time management and organisation;
- be able to reflect upon their own strengths and areas for development for the workplace;
- have enhanced their understanding of group dynamics and the role that they play in developing a project - they will be able to reflect upon the contributions of colleagues and the experience of leading and being led;
- have enhanced their communication skills;
- have developed greater understanding of issues surrounding problem solving;
- have developed their skills in giving a presentation;
- have engaged with the theoretical and practical aspects of project management;
- have experience of time management in a work related environment;
- be able to work in teams and be more reflective about the ways in which they and others can contribute to them;
- have a greater understanding of the dynamics surrounding the workplace and the pressures upon it;
- have an enhanced practical and theoretical understanding of problem solving and the issues surrounding it
- communicate ideas coherently, clearly and cogently, both orally and in writing; and
- reflect upon their own strengths and areas of development and the experience of working as a team towards solving a workplace problem.
This course will provide the opportunity for students to work in small consultancy groups to develop solutions for problems and projects posed by industry, businesses and the public and third sectors. It will consist of a number of workshops on employability skills along with site visits to the company, business or service provider with whom they are working. Students will experience the issues that surround the work environment and workplace culture, including the pressures of working to a deadline, explore the challenges of working with a group of colleagues towards a common aim, and reflect upon their own strengths and areas for development in the workplace. They will also explore how the graduate attributes they have acquired in the course of their degree map onto the experience of work.