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Job Search Skills (CDO152)

The objective of the course is to help students develop the relevant Attitude, Skills and Knowledge (ASK) for internship, work attachment and graduate employment. In addition to gaining knowledge of industry and job-specific ASK as well as awareness of job market trends and disruptions, students will acquire skills in presenting themselves positively in cover letters, resumes, and interviews, and learn to access the ‘hidden’ job market through professional and social networks.

The above competencies would be achieved through a combination of the e-learning, self-directed learning and experiential learning modes. Assessment will be in the form of three TMAs and a practical component. The practical component assesses students’ ability to secure an internship of at least 8 weeks or a work attachment of at least 24 weeks.

During the course, students will have the opportunity to brainstorm, analyse and role play as they learn to write a cover letter and résumé, and to conduct themselves professionally in a formal job interview. Real-life case studies will be used as the contexts for these exercises.

At the end of the course, students will be able to prepare a job-specific cover letter and competitive resume, and perform competently and confidently at job interviews for internships, work attachments and graduate employment.

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