Career Management Plan
Find a position which you believe you will be qualified for and well suited to five years after graduation. Scan the advertisement and job description for this
position and attach it to the documentation already completed. You may need to contact someone in the organisation to request a position description, or check the
Following the example provided on the course homepage, write an Action Plan which details the steps you will take to ensure that you would be the successful candidate
for this position five years after you graduate.
Part 2 (2 written reference, plus around 500 words in response)
Typically, when a written reference is requested for a position, it is most often the candidate for the position who will prepare the draft of a written reference and
submit to an appropriate referee to finalise, verify and sign. You are required to draft your own references – 1 personal and 1 professional – for a position you would
like to achieve when you graduate (i.e. this should be one of the first steps in your action plan for Part 1 post graduation). Once you have prepared your references,
you will need to request a professional and personal referee sign off on your references (see details below).
The reference must fulfil the following criteria:
The references must be written in a professional manner, appropriately structured and edited
They should include a salutation (e.g. To Whom It May Concern), and the date it was written
Each reference must be at least a half A4 page in length, 12pt font with 1.15-1.5 line spacing (maximum 2 pages)
They must include the contact details of your referees (minimum contact telephone number and email address), as would be expected in a ‘real’ reference
The personal reference should outline your personal strengths and attributes; for example, reliability, honesty, trust worthiness
The professional reference should outline your professional skills, knowledge and attributes; for example, time management and organisational skills, team work and
leadership; and your appropriate work experience
The professional reference should be current and verified by someone you have interacted with recently
The references may also highlight any areas that are in need of further development, and the steps the candidate is taking to address these.
Once you have prepared and edited your references, you must ask a personal and professional referee to verify and sign off on the reference.