Design and Creating Your Future after UEA MSc. Programme


University of East Anglia



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Design and creating your future


Background: Completing your MSc. Programme at the University of East Anglia (UEA) is a significant milestone. This module is designed to help you plan your future career effectively. It will guide you through the process of setting career goals, developing a strategic plan, and preparing for the transition from academia to your desired career path.

Assessment Task: Your task for this assessment is to create a comprehensive plan for your future career after completing the UEA MSc. Programme. This plan should reflect your career aspirations, identify potential career paths, and outline the steps you will take to achieve your goals.

Assessment Components:

  1. Career Goals and Aspirations (20%):
    • Identify and describe your short-term (1-2 years) and long-term (5-10 years) career goals.
    • Explain why you are pursuing these specific goals and how they align with your values and interests.
  2. SWOT Analysis (15%):
    • Conduct a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) analysis of yourself as a job seeker or entrepreneur.
    • Analyze your strengths and weaknesses in relation to your chosen career path.
    • Identify external opportunities and potential threats in the job market.
  3. Career Path Exploration (25%):
    • Research at least two potential career paths that align with your goals.
    • Provide an overview of each career path, including job prospects, salary range, and key skills required.
    • Explain how each career path aligns with your goals and values.
  4. Action Plan (20%):
    • Develop a step-by-step action plan outlining what you will do to achieve your career goals.
    • Include specific actions, timelines, and milestones.
    • Consider networking, skill development, further education, and job search strategies.
  5. Reflection and Adaptation (10%):
    • Reflect on any changes or adjustments you’ve made to your career plan throughout the course of this module.
    • Discuss how feedback from peers and instructors has influenced your plan.
    • Explain how you will adapt your plan in response to changing circumstances.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Format: A professionally formatted report, including headings and subheadings.
  • Length: 2,500 – 3,000 words.
  • Citations: Use appropriate academic and professional sources to support your analysis and decisions.
  • Submission: Submit your assessment through the university’s designated online platform by the specified deadline.

Assessment Criteria:

Your work will be assessed based on the following criteria:

  1. Clarity of career goals and aspirations.
  2. Depth and accuracy of the SWOT analysis.
  3. Thoroughness and relevance of career path exploration.
  4. Feasibility and comprehensiveness of the action plan.
  5. Reflective capacity and adaptability of the plan.

Feedback and Grading:

Detailed feedback on your career plan will be provided to support your professional development. The assessment will be graded according to the university’s grading rubric.

Note: If you require any accommodations or have specific needs related to this assessment, please contact the Module Leader well in advance of the submission deadline.