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Module embedded careers and employment provision for final year earth science students: a Plymouth University example. Dr Martin Stokes School of Geography, Earth & Environmental Sciences. Plymouth University Earth Science degrees. BSc Applied Geology BSc Geology

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Module embedded careers and employment provision for final year earth science students: a Plymouth University example

Dr Martin Stokes

School of Geography, Earth & Environmental Sciences

plymouth university earth science degrees
Plymouth University Earth Science degrees
  • BSc Applied Geology
  • BSc Geology
  • BSc Geology with Ocean Sciences
  • BSc Marine Geosciences
  • BSc Physical Geography & Geology
  • MGeol
  • ~70-100 students in final year...but increasing .....
eoe3001 embedded careers employability
EOE3001: Embedded Careers & Employability

EOE3001

40 credits

Research Project

30 credits (75%)

Professional Skills

10 credits (25%)

Project Management

Geological Map

Field Project

Workplace skills

Careers

Desk Project

Lab Project

Assessment

  • Primary Data
  • Project Report
  • Portfolio
eoe3001 delivery
EOE3001: Delivery
  • Weekly 2 hour seminar sessions in Term 1, reduced in T2
  • Staff: Martin Stokes & Glenn Crust (Careers advisor), Jim Griffiths (HoS), past students

Term 1

Term 2

October

November

December

January

February

March

Careers

Project Management

Work Place Skills

  • Gantt Charts:
  • MS Project Manager
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Negotiation
  • Health & safety
  • CVs
  • Cover letters
  • Application forms
  • Online Applications
  • Social media
  • Interviews
  • Career resources
  • Past student talks
  • Careers Preparation
  • Careers Fair

Focus is on Earth Science careers

eoe3001 professional skills assessment
EOE3001 Professional Skills Assessment
  • Project Logbook
    • Regular entries
    • Task auditing / actions
    • Data manipulation
    • Literature notes
    • Model / idea development
  • Professional Skills ‘Journal’
    • 500+ word reflective commentary on session content
      • Demonstrate self awareness
  • Portfolio
    • Gantt chart – several versions
    • CV – several versions
    • Evidence for session follow-up
    • Reflective end module review: 1500 words
      • Display personal development

Countersigning by project advisor

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CVs

Term 1

Term 2

October

November

December

January

February

March

Little mention of university skills / experience

Pre-University CV

Careers fair employer feedback

Find a pre-Uni CV

Or prepare a CV

Project advisor feedback

CV seminar:

STAR technique, resources etc.

University CV v. 1

Lacks sufficient evidence and still too much non uni info

University CV v. 2

University CV final

past student talks
Past Student Talks
  • Recent graduates (2-3 yrs)
    • PhD / MSc
    • Engineering geology
    • Hydrocarbon exploration
    • Mining
    • Non geology
  • 30 Minute talks
    • What they do.
    • How they got their:.
      • Application
      • Interview process
      • Work place skills
      • Projects
      • Workplace health and safety
  • Reinforces importance of the professional skills sessions
  • Shows that Plymouth students can succeed

http://www.plymouth.ac.uk/pages/view.asp?page=39024

geo careers fair
‘Geo’ Careers Fair
  • Held in March each year
  • Annual event since 2007
  • Dedicated to Earth Sciences careers
  • Pre-fair preparation seminar
  • Company stalls manned by ex Plymouth graduates

http://www1.plymouth.ac.uk/careers/Pages/Events%20and%20opportunities/GeoCareers-2012.aspx

some final points
Some final points .....

Positives

  • Engagement = success
    • at interview and career professional development
      • Project management
      • Health and safety awareness
  • Personal testimony from past students

Negatives

  • Some students perceive content to be:
    • Patronising
    • Common sense
    • Inappropriate for final year
    • Irrelevant to studying geology
  • Some (geology) academic staff perceptions / attitudes
  • Mature students
  • Academically ‘weak’ students
  • Students who have part time ‘jobs’

Students only understand employability after they have left Uni.

Room for provision improvement or just natural selection?

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