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ManpreetDhesi2 April 2014

This post originally appeared on the Develop your Career blog

If you’re still a current student, then you may well already be accessing your own College careers service.  But if you need some extra help, or have left your College, you may like to take part in a unique careers MOOC.

The Careers Group, University of London is launching the Enhance Your Careers and Employability Skills Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) commissioned by the University of London International Programme on 27 May 2014.

Not sure what a MOOC is? Watch this video:

Hosted on the Coursera platform, The Careers Group’s 6-week course is the first of Coursera’s MOOCs to be aimed at any student who wants to explore their career management and employability skills, regardless of their discipline or background. The aim of the MOOC is to be complementary to any other course of study as it enables students to recognise their own strengths and skills. Participants on the MOOC will also be shown how to best articulate those skills and experiences to future employers and academic institutions.

Laura Brammar, a Senior Careers Consultant with The Careers Group and one of the course instructors said:

The Careers Group has produced a really unusual MOOC in the sense that, unlike many other MOOCs that are all based around a discipline, this Careers MOOC is going to be of interest to pretty much everyone. Because whether they’re at the initial stage of their career or coming up to retirement, who isn’t going to find topics such as self-awareness and skills development interesting?

And also, the fact that often people are doing MOOCs with an eye to their career development anyway, it’s a way of super-sizing the MOOCs you’re already doing by thinking how you could feature them in your future career development.

The Careers Group has produced a really unusual MOOC in the sense that, unlike many other MOOCs that are all based around a discipline, this Careers MOOC is going to be of interest to pretty much everyone. Because whether they’re at the initial stage of their career or coming up to retirement, who isn’t going to find topics such as self-awareness and skills development interesting?And also, the fact that often people are doing MOOCs with an eye to their career development anyway, it’s a way of super-sizing the MOOCs you’re already doing by thinking how you could feature them in your future career development.”

The unique structure of the course aims to help participants analyse their previous experiences, expectations and attitudes, both professionally and personally. Participants will also engage in a range of activities which are designed to help them improve key employability documents, such as their CVs or cover letters. The course syllabus includes the following modules:

  • Week 1: What do you want? – Self Awareness
  • Week 2: What can you offer? – Skills Awareness
  • Week 3: Are you ready to find success? – Career Readiness
  • Week 4: How do you express yourself? – Articulating Your Experiences
  • Week 5: What impact do you make? – Making a Good Impression in Person
  • Week 6: How do you build fruitful relationships? – Networking Online and in Person

To learn more and join the ‘Enhance Your Careers and Employability Skills’ for free visit www.coursera.org/course/career