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Personal and Career Development Plan (PCDP)

Personal & Career Development Plan for second and final year students

Introduction

Getting a job after your degree isn't just about handing over a CV with a degree class on it. Employers are increasingly interested in what skills you have developed - not just in your education, but also in what you do as a part time job, or in your free time, or within your family. You need to be able to demonstrate that you have what they want, and the idea of the Personal and Career Development Plan is to help you to do this. Identifying your skills and working out where you are doing well and where you need to improve will help you to improve your degree class too.  It's pretty obvious when you are learning about accounting; it is also obvious when you are learning quantitative skills.

However, sometimes you may not think about how you are practising other things as well. If you look at the aims and intended learning outcomes of your courses, you will see that all of them have a set of skills listed that you can develop through that course. If you are looking for evidence that you have, for example, worked in a team, engaged in networking or developed analytical skills, the full course descriptions will tell you where you should have done that. You should also think about what you have done outside education: your job; your family situation; your hobbies; things you did while travelling; any positions you may have held in a society; voluntary work and so on.

The idea of personal and career development planning is to help you to reflect on what you have done, identify how you are developing and to record some good examples of skills as you go along. All of this should help you when you put together a CV or a job application.

Guide to Personal and Career Development Planning

1st year students taking BMAN10780 Academic and Career Development will discuss your PCDP with your Academic Advisor in the Academic and Career Development seminars throughout the course of this academic year so please ensure you download a copy either from Blackboard. Your completed PCDP will be submitted as part of the formal course assessment for BMAN10780 and will stand for 30% of your overall mark.

BSc Accounting students taking BMAN10760 Auditing and Professional Accounting Practice 1 will also receive the PCDP booklet in your first Academic Advisor seminar within this course and will work with your Academic Advisor throughout the course of this year in completing it.

All 2nd and final year students will receive a new PCDP booklet to complete for the remainder of your studies, from your Academic Advisor.  This is also available for you to download from the link at the top of this page.