Assignment Brief Academic Year 2021-2022
Internal approval: Sarah Hill 04/12/20
|This assignment involves preparing a report to demonstrate an awareness of the knowledge, skills and
experience required by a recent graduate to enter a chosen area of graduate employment. The report
will be 1100 words.
|This assignment has been designed to provide you with an opportunity to demonstrate your
achievement of the following module learning outcomes:
|LO 2||Define and contextualise employability for graduates in relation to their own career;|
|LO 3||Gather and analyse relevant career and labour market information|
Prepare a report demonstrating an awareness of the knowledge, skills and experience required by a recent
graduate to enter a chosen area of graduate employment. The research required to prepare the report will
support you in your future career planning and decisions. This report will provide the basis of the
information for your self-reflection and career action plan report – CW2
A) THE TASK – WHAT YOU ARE BEING ASKED TO DO
• You are required to identity an area of graduate employment that you would consider for when you
leave university. This could be EITHER a profession (for example
marketing/Finance/Accounting/HR) OR an industry you are interested in (for example retail, sports
|MG410 Career Viewpoint||Module leader:|
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|CW1 – Career Research Report||Assessment
time and date:
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|& leisure, public sector, not-for-profit, travel and tourism.) Your research should be either in an
area you aspire to work within or maybe an area that you want to understand more about.
• Your research in your chosen profession/industry should include likely future trends in graduate
recruitment and should equip you with the knowledge to write a summary of the key skills,
knowledge and experience expected from graduate applicants.
• You are encouraged to use both primary and secondary research for this assignment. Primary
research might include attending events run by the careers team, and/or events run by the
professional bodies, or else through personal contacts. It might also include information from the
guest lecturers for the module. You could consider talking to managers at work, if you have a part
time role, or else friends and family to enhance your understanding. Include in the appendix a
log detailing who you contacted for primary research.
• Having identified the profession/industry, you are then required to identify one current job being
advertised that you would be interested in applying for in the future. This will form the basis of the
second assignment. The advert should appear as an appendix, which you should refer to as
necessary within your report. It is important that this is a graduate level job, and not one for
an individual with many years’ experience.
B) THE REPORT – WHAT YOU ARE BEING ASKED TO SUBMIT
You are required to submit a written report of 1500 words. It is suggested that you use the headings shown
in this briefing or you may use your own headings; what is important is that you clearly cover all areas
The report should include the following sections:
INTRODUCTION – Provide a brief paragraph outlining the aims of the report and what profession/industry
your assignment will cover. As this is your reflection, this section can be in the 1st person.
Analysis and Application- This section of the report should be as a factual reflection of the findings from
the profession/industry you have chosen to research. You need to consider both primary and secondary
research for this section. This section should be written in the 3rd person and should include the key
information regarding this profession/industry in terms of:
• General trends which will impact on your chosen profession/industry. What changes are
happening in your chosen profession/industry which might impact on the jobs you apply for and the
skills and knowledge you will need. Consider the impact of globalisation and technology for
example. This section will be based on your secondary research but might also include comments
or views from anyone you interview for your primary research.
• The skills / knowledge and experience required – Using information from secondary research,
relevant professional bodies, and relevant job advertisements, provide a summary based on your
research of the key skills / knowledge and experience expected from an applicant at this stage in
their career. Again, this might be supported by your primary research. You should aim for at least 5
personal skills and 2 areas of knowledge and expertise.
Evaluation – For this section you need to identify an appropriate vacancy from your chosen
profession/industry. You should include the advertisement in full (not a website link) in the appendices.
Within the report, explain why this job role is of interest to you. How does it relate to your potential choice
of industry/profession? Why do you prefer this job opportunity to others you considered? Is this a
|new/emerging job role within your profession/industry and therefore likely to be future proofed? This can
be written in the 1st person.
You must reference all information used in the report, both primary and secondary, using the Harvard
See attached grid for assessment criteria.
|Referencing and research requirements|
|Please reference your work according to the Harvard style as defined in Cite Them Right Online
(http://www.citethemrightonline.com). This information is also available in book form: Pears, R. and
Shields, G. (2019) Cite them right: the essential reference guide. 11th edn. Basingstoke: Palgrave
Macmillan. Copies are available via the university library.
|How your work will be assessed|
|Your work will be assessed on the extent to which it demonstrates your achievement of the stated learning
outcomes for this assignment (see above) and against other key criteria, as defined in the University’s
institutional grading descriptors. If it is appropriate to the format of your assignment and your subject area,
a proportion of your marks will also depend upon your use of academic referencing conventions.
This assignment will be marked according to the grading descriptors for Level 4
|This assignment should be submitted electronically. Please use the relevant Turnitin submission point in
the Submit your work area in your Blackboard module shell.
• Please ensure that your work has been saved in an appropriate file format. Turnitin will only accept
the following file types: Microsoft Word, Excel or PowerPoint, PostScript, PDF, HTML, RTF,
OpenOffice (ODT), Hangul (HWP), Google Docs, or plain text. Your file must also contain at least
20 words of text, consist of fewer than 400 pages and be less than 40MB in size.
• You can submit your work as many times as you like before the submission date. If you do submit
your work more than once, your earlier submission will be replaced by the most recent version.
• Once you have submitted your work, you will receive a digital receipt as proof of submission, which
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• You are reminded of the University’s regulations on academic misconduct, which can be viewed on
the University website: https://bucks.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0024/9546/Academic-Misconduct
Policy.pdf. In submitting your assignment, you are acknowledging that you have read and
understood these regulations
|Submission date and time|
|This assignment should be submitted before 14:00 UK time on Friday 25th March 2022.
Work that is submitted up to 10 working days beyond the submission date will be accepted as a late
submission. Late submissions will be marked and the actual mark recorded, but will be capped at the pass
mark (typically 40%), provided that the work is of a passing standard. Work submitted after this period will
not be marked and will be treated as a non-submission.
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Internal approval: Sarah Hill 04/12/20
Assessment Grid for MG410 CW1 Career Research Report
|Used an excellent range of
primary research for this
assignment (>4 primary
research sources). This
might include attending
discussions with current
provided in log included in
Excellent range of
citations which are suitable
for use in HE and from a
diverse base of sources.
|Used good range of primary
sources for this assignment,
(>3 primary research
sources) as evidenced in the
log included in the appendix.
Good range of secondary
research citations which are
suitable for use in HE and
from a diverse base of
|Some primary research
conducted, as evidenced in the
log provided in the appendix
A range of secondary research
citations included but not all are
suitable for use in HE and or from
a limited range of sources.
|Limited primary research conducted for
Weak secondary research conducted.
Not all are suitable for use in HE and/or
from a limited range of sources.
|No primary research
conducted for this
No secondary research
included to support the
analysis for this report
|50||Both trends and skills are
thoroughly researched and
an excellent understanding
of the job market, the
opportunities available, and
the skills and knowledge
required. In-depth analysis
of the primary and
|Both trends and skills are well
researched and presented,
demonstrating a good
understanding of the job
market the opportunities
available, and the skills and
knowledge required. Good
analysis of the primary and
|Some trends and skills are well
researched and presented,
demonstrating a reasonable
understanding of the job market,
the opportunities available, and
the skills and knowledge required.
Some analysis of the primary and
demonstrated, but mainly just
presented from fragmented
|Limited information presented,
demonstrating a lack of understanding
of the job market , the opportunities
available, and the skills and knowledge
required. Little analysis demonstrated
of the different sections
identified for both
a poor understanding of
the job market, the
and the skills and
knowledge required. No
analysis of the
|Evaluation||20||Draws sound conclusions
evaluation of the job
market and in particular,
the specific job
advertisement chosen. Job
ad is relevant and
|Conclusions drawn are
a good understanding of the
job market and the specific
job advertisement, which is
suitable and appropriate.
|Partial conclusions drawn
reflecting more descriptive
nature of work presented. Little
analysis of the market or the job
chosen. Job advert chosen is not
totally relevant for a graduate
|Limited conclusions drawn which show
gaps in work presented. Limited
analysis of the market and no reflection
on the specific job advertisement
chosen. Job advert chosen is
inappropriate; either too senior or not
relating to the chosen career path.
|Inappropriate or no
conclusions drawn with
gaps in work presented.
Job advert not chosen or
is not appropriate to a
graduate level role.
|10||Brief met fully
Within word count. Clearly
written and presented.
Excellent use of Harvard
|Within word count. Meets
Clearly written and
Good use of Harvard
|Structured well, sometimes
writing style unclear.
Partial use of Harvard
|Too long or too short. Poor structure
and presentation. Problems with
|Brief not fully met. Far
too long or too short.
Unclear structure and
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