. MWL101 Trimester 3, 2017 Assignment 3 â€“ My Application DUE DATE AND TIME: Week 13: Monday 5th February 2018, 10.00 am PERCENTAGE OF FINAL GRADE: 50% HURDLE DETAILS: No hurdle WORD LIMIT: 2,500-3000 words Assessment Feedback: This assignment is your final assessment for this unit. It will be marked during the exam period. Results and feedback will be released when final unit results are released. Learning Outcome Details Unit Learning Objectives (ULO) Deakin College Transitional Attributes 1. Develop a personal action plan within the context of 21st Century career opportunities 2. Explain the role and importance of professional communication as required within organisations and develop professional communication skills. 3. Develop skills and attributes to work effectively as a team-member. 1. independent learner 2. knowledge base 3. research skills 4. time management skills 5. report writing skills 6. awareness of ethics of tertiary education 7. use of appropriate technologies 8. ability to work alone and as part of a team Description / Requirements: The aim of this assignment is to assist you in the preparation of an effective application to secure an internship or graduate role or dream career role and with that knowledge be in a position to apply for professional jobs in the future. The assignment consists of four tasks: 1. Research and discuss the recruitment and interview process (10 marks) 2. Write your application (20 marks) 3. Prepare your interview materials using STAR framework and conduct your interview (10 marks) 4. Reflection (10 marks) Full details of these tasks are contained below.P a g e | 2 2 Refer to the marking rubric for details of how to show evidence of the ULOs in your assessment submission. Notes: In the process of applying for a job you will need to reflect on your current learnings, activities and skill development to demonstrate that you meet required selection criteria. You will also need to think longer term – over the duration of your course – about the skills and knowledge that is required for your ‘dream position’. You will also consider the recent changes in the recruitment, assessment and interview processes used in your target industry or career. Requirements Task 1: Source your job/role (5 marks) Research and discuss the recruitment and interview process (5 marks) Suggested word count approximately 800-1000 words Find a work experience role or internship or job opportunity that closely matches your desired employment or career path in your selected industry. Please include a copy of your job description at the end of this task. Explain how this role matches your desired employment or career path and your goals. Research the current trends and changes in recruitment and employability criteria in your selected industry. Discuss the impact this has had /may have on the application process for your selected job. Research the impact that technology is having on the interview process and interview methods. Discuss how these changes may affect the interview process in your selected industry or job. Sites to explore for jobs: ï‚· Deakin Talent http://talent.deakin.edu.au ï‚· Unihub https://unihub.deakin.edu.au ï‚· GradConnect http://au.gradconnection.com/internships/ ï‚· Individual company websites vacation or intern programs (Deloitte, KPMG, EY, PwC, IBM, Dept. Employment, Coles, BHP Billiton, Disney, Google, Microsoft; etc.) (Donâ€™t forget that companies like Alibaba also offer internships for students with excellent Chinese) ï‚· B&L WIL http://www.deakin.edu.au/buslaw/enhance-study/internship ï‚· Graduate Opportunities http://www.graduateopportunities.com/datesinfo/applicationdates/vacation-program/ ï‚· Your own network Recommended Reading: ï‚· Cottrell, S 2015, Skills for Success, Chapter 10, ORP a g e | 3 3 ï‚· Suggested readings on Moodle As a guide we would expect 4-5 good quality and current references for this section. Task 2: Writing your application. Note that applications for industry that are considered for the interview round must have NO spelling or typographical errors. They MUST address the criteria. Suggested word count approximately 800-900 words 20 marks Prepare a tailored application for the internship or job or role that includes the following elements: a. A customised cover letter or statement of interest b. A resume, or equivalent (maximum of 3 pages) Notes: a. A customised cover letter or statement of interest The job that you have chosen may specify the required format of the cover letter or statement of interest. Use the format specified by the job where required. ï‚· Cover letters are usually sent with emailed applications. (Maximum of 1 page, approx. 200 words.) ï‚· Statements of Interest are usually included as part of an online application. (200-400 words. See the examples discussed in your seminars.) Resources to help: ï‚· https://deakin.careercentre.me/CoverLetterBuilder ï‚· https://deakin.careercentre.me/Resources/imodule/M5.aspx (videos on writing cover letters / emails) ï‚· Cottrell, S 2015, Skills for Success, Chapter 10, pp. 293-295 OR ï‚· Refer to My Tools in Career Guru for the business format and content elements that need to be included in the cover letter or statement (presentation, suitability for role, research of organization evident, engaging tone).P a g e | 4 4 b. Resume or equivalent Please note that you may be required to do an online application so prepare a document that addresses the required sections in the online document instead of the resume. The resume should be approximately 2-3 pages and address the selection criteria of the selected internship or job (this will be approximately 700 words). You may use a resume describing your current experience, or one describing the experiences you expect to have at graduation. For a resume, the key components will include: ï‚· your name and email at the top of the application ï‚· a personal statement that highlights what you can bring to the organisation ï‚· your key skills ï‚· your education highlights and achievements ï‚· your work and / or volunteer experience showing results or outcomes from your work (see Cottrell 2015, pp.295-298) ï‚· your interests Only include interests that are relevant to your skills development. You will need to attend the relevant seminars to make sure you cover all relevant material. Use the STAR technique to effectively present your skills and capabilities. For an online application there will be a series of questions or skills and attributes you will be required to write a response for. Prepare your responses using the required headings and use the guidelines on the website in terms of how much to write. The STAR technique can help you address each requirement more effectively. Resources to help: ï‚· Cottrell 2015, Chapter 10, pp.293-295 ï‚· Career Guru provides resume templates you may choose to use. Resume/CV builder is available through Career GuruP a g e | 5 5 Task 3: Prepare your interview materials using STAR framework and conduct your interview. Suggested word count approximately 500-600 words 10 marks Prepare your interview 5 marks Submit your job / internship / work opportunity Position Description to your interview panel (team members). Highlight three selection criteria that you consider are your strengths. Using the 3 selection criteria prepare your notes using the STAR framework. What skills and knowledge are expected? a. Send your internship or position description or job description to your interview panel members. b. Highlight three selection criteria that you believe are areas of strength for you. c. Prepare responses to the three selection criteria using the STAR framework (see below) NOTE â€“ you cannot read your material in the interview. d. You will also be required to act as a member of the interview panel. Select or prepare 3 questions you will ask in an interview (see the suggested questions in the Moodle resources and seminar material). Why did you choose these questions? Information on the STAR method will be c
overed in seminars. A very brief summary is included below as a reminder. STAR Technique â€“ a strategy for answering behavioural questions. Situation (Briefly) describe a challenge you were faced with. Task What were you asked to do to overcome this challenge? Action What did you do? Logically explain the steps you took.P a g e | 6 6 Result What did you achieve? How was the challenge met? What did you learn? What would you do differently in the future? Undertake the interviews 30 minutes per team of three / four 5 marks 1. The interview panel will include your team members and a member of the MWL101 marking panel. 2. For one interview you will be the interviewee. For the other interviews you will be a member of the interviewing panel. 3. Each panel member must have three questions to ask each interviewee; these should be different and should be tailored to the opportunity the applicant is interviewing for. Make sure as many of the key skills represented in the questions provided are covered; for example, do NOT only ask questions about teamwork. 4. Interviewees will be invited as in a real interview. Remember you are being assessed from the moment you enter the room. 5. You will have 5 minutes for your interview (per team member). 6. Use the STAR technique to answer behavioural questions. 7. Based on the application and interview, would you employ the applicant? Why? If you have taken electronic notes, email each other your feedback. See notes for a template of peer assessment in the document. In the week 10 seminar you will cover interviewing skills and providing constructive criticism. Please note that the ability to provide constructive criticism is an essential tool for teamwork and management. Performance on the day On the day of the interview make sure you are well prepared and have given thought tothe following: ï‚· Try to appear confident and relaxed â€“ preparation will help. Try to make eye contact with your panel. ï‚· Even though interviews are fairly formal, try to communicate your enthusiasm and let your personality shine through. ï‚· At the end of the interview you may be asked if there is anything you wish to add â€“ this is your opportunity to draw attention to aspects that have not been covered. ï‚· You will be interviewed by a panel. ï‚· It is quite acceptable to ask for questions to be repeated if you did not hear or understand them. Think about responses carefully without having overly long pauses. ï‚· Avoid â€˜yesâ€™ or â€˜noâ€™ answers.P a g e | 7 7 ï‚· Be polite, avoid interrupting and thank interviewers at the end. Other points you need to consider: ï‚· Please come dressed for a professional interview and arrive on time. ï‚· Bring your position description and your resume with you. ï‚· Try to appear confident and relaxed â€“ preparation will help. Smile, shake hands firmly, use peopleâ€™s names and speak clearly, not too softly, and make eye contact. ï‚· Bring a recording device (i.e. digital recorder, smart phone) â€“ a recording will help you self-evaluate your interview responses. Ensure your storage is adequate! Task 4: Reflection Suggested word count approximately 400-500 words 10 marks Reflection 1 (200-250 words) (5 marks): Reflect on your experience with the mock interviews. What did you do well, what areas could you have done better, did you answer the questions fully? What would you do differently in future interviews? Reflection 2 (200-250 words) (5 marks): Reflect on this unit and what you have learned about yourself and how this has influenced your career planning. What has changed since the start of the trimester? Consider what you have already done towards becoming job or career ready as a result of this unit. Be sure to write your reflection using the DIEP model: The DIEP model to help you formulate a comprehensive reflection on this activity: ï‚· Describe ï‚· Interpret ï‚· Evaluate ï‚· Plan If you would like help on writing a reflective report, use the reflective writing resource listed below. Please copy and paste the link into your browser. http://www.deakin.edu.au/students/studying/study-support/academic-skills/reflectivewritingP a g e | 8 8 Submission Create a business report with the following sections: ï‚· Title Page ï‚· Table of Contents page ï‚· Introduction o Include information about your desired role, and; o Why you chose the role ï‚· Trends affecting recruitment and employability and interviews in your target industry or career sector ï‚· Your cover letter or statement of interest and your resume or application submission ï‚· Your interview preparation o Your responses to the selection criteria using STAR, and; o Your questions for each team member and an explanation for your choice ï‚· Your Reflections o Your mock interview, and; o Your learnings from the unit ï‚· Reference List (6-7 references as a guide) ï‚· Appendices Your assignment can be in WORD or PDF format. Submit your work in the Assignment 3 submission link on Moodle. 8. Presentation and formatting The assessment must be presented in a Business Report format. Tips on how to structure a business report can be found here: http://www.deakin.edu.au/students/studying/studysupport/academic-skills/report-writing. As a business report, it is expected that your work will be free from errors (spelling and grammatical). It is advised that you proofread your work prior to submission. The Word limit is 2500-3000. This does not include the Title Page, Table of Contents, Reference List and Appendices. Use clear, precise language for all sections. Business writing requires the author to write for a business audience. Business audiences expect that you will introduce the topic, present all the key findings or information and then provide a clear result. The result may be a summary of your findings or conclusion at the end of this assignment. Use a clear font such as Times New Roman, Arial, Calibri or Tahoma. Text font size should be 12 pt. Any tables or diagrams should be 10 pt. Headings must be bold. Use headings effectively to show the reader how you have structured your work. It is useful to number your headings; effective numbering can help the reader/marker identify content relating to the three areas outlined above.P a g e | 9 9 Use clear, precise language for all sections. Business writing requires the author to write for a business audience. Business audiences expect that you will introduce the topic, present all the key findings or information and then provide a clear result. The result may be a summary of your findings or conclusion at the end of this assignment. Students must correctly use the Harvard style of referencing and report format. Submission Instructions Your work must be submitted as a word document or PDF. You must also email your lecturer a working link to your video. You must keep a backup copy of every assignment you submit, until the marked assignment has been returned to you. In the unlikely event that one of your assignments is misplaced or corrupted, you will need to submit your backup copy. Any work you submit may be checked by electronic or other means for the purposes of detecting collusion and/or plagiarism. Please note: when your submission is being marked, the assignment submission link will be hidden. You will not be able to view your submission during this time. Late submission Extensions can be approved by your lecturer or the Unit Coordinator. A â€˜Request for an Extensionâ€™ form can be downloaded from Moodle in the â€˜Resources and Assessmentâ€™ folder. Extensions can be granted for documented serious illness (not just on the day the assignment is due!) or for compassionate reasons under extenuating circumstances. Your lecturer and the Unit Coordinator can ask to see how much work has been completed before granting an extension. You will be asked to provide evidence to support your request. Work or holiday reasons or other assignments are NOT grounds for an extension â€“ you are expected to manage these issues as part of your studie
s. You are strongly encouraged to start early and to continually backup your assignment as you progress. Computer crashes or corrupted files will NOT be accepted as valid reasons for an extension of any length. You may find further information about this in the Unit Outline. Penalties for late submission The following marking penalties will apply if you submit an assessment task after the due date without an approved extension: 10% will be deducted from available marks for each day up to five days, and work that is submitted more than five days after the due date will not beP a g e | 10 10 marked. You will receive 0% for the task. ‘Day’ means calendar day for electronic submissions. The Unit Coordinator may refuse to accept a late submission where it is unreasonable or impracticable to assess the task after the due date. Turnitin: Students are strongly recommended to check originality through Turnitin, prior to submittingthe final assessment. Referencing: You must correctly use the Harvard style of referencing Academic Integrity, Plagiarism and Collusion Plagiarism and collusion constitute extremely serious breaches of academic integrity. They are forms of cheating, and severe penalties are associated with them, including cancellation of marks for a specific assignment, for a specific unit or even exclusion from the course. If you are ever in doubt about how to properly use and cite a source of information, consult your lecturer or Study Support ï‚· Plagiarism occurs when a student passes off as the studentâ€™s own work, or copies without acknowledgement as to its authorship, the work of any other person or resubmits their own work from a previous assessment task. ï‚· Collusion occurs when a student obtains the agreement of another person for a fraudulent purpose, with the intent of obtaining an advantage in submitting an assignment or other work. Work submitted may be reproduced and/or communicated by the university for the purpose of assuring academic integrity of submissions. Can I recycle my own work? Deakin College students are not permitted to recycle their assessment work, or parts of assessment work, without the approval of the Unit Coordinator of their current unit. This includes work submitted for assessment at another academic institution. If students wish to reuse or extend parts of previously submitted work, then they should discuss this with the Unit Coordinator prior to the submission date. Depending on the nature of the task, the Unit Coordinator may permit or decline the request. Additional Material How do I create a Table of Contents? MS WORD can help you set up a table of contents. To do this, go to REFERENCES in the top MS WORD ribbon (alongside HOME, INSERT, and DESIGN). Then click on the Table of Contents icon. When you need to update your Table of Contents, simply right click on the table and select update entire table. The MS WORD table of contents creator requires that you make use of the Style ribbon and the Heading outlined within.