It’s that time of year again when many of you are choosing your modules for the next academic year. Decisions, decisions, decisions….What will I enjoy? What am I interested in? What am I good at?
Have you thought about how your module choice will help your future career? Have you thought about choosing a career management skills (cms) module?
For a number of degree programmes – single honours maths, all BA(Econ) courses and many courses in the faculty of humanities, you can opt to study for a career management skills module. An excellent opportunity to gain academic credits and help your future career at the same time!
Here are 3 good reasons why taking a cms module is a great idea:
• CMS courses are delivered by the careers service and key graduate employers. It’s a great opportunity to find out first-hand what recruiters look for in their graduates and how to get-ahead in their recruitment processes and the graduate job market in general.
• Employers look for a good degree, but also for key practical skills such as leadership, communication and team working. Have you thought about how you are going to provide evidence of these skills when applying for jobs in the future?
As part of the module, you may work on a group project for an outside organisation which will provide some real evidence of these practical skills to add to your CV. Previous projects have included: event management for a local charity, researching ‘user’ satisfaction for a community group, devising marketing materials for arts and sports organisations. CMS will also help you to sell these skills effectively on your CV or in application forms and in interviews or assessment centres
• It’s assessed by 100% coursework so no exams! You will get extensive feedback on your graduate level CV and cover letter and attend workshops on Interviews, Assessment Centres, Career Choice plus many more.
You will need to confirm your eligibility with your course administrator. Many final year as well as second year students have been given approval to take cms modules in the past.
Any don’t just take my word for it. Here are some quotes from students who took cms last year….
“Career Management Skills surpassed my expectations and has been one of my most enjoyable, though challenging modules at University.”
“I was recently offered a job and I feel CMS contributed to this.”
Careers Manager (Postgraduate) at the University of Manchester, UK