1. Exhibit a capacity to apply skills, which reflects an understanding of current discipline-related skills, employability skills, labour-market trends and employment opportunities.
2. Critically review, analyse and synthesise knowledge of skills, attributes, strengths, and values for job-readiness.
Complete a 2000-word assignment that demonstrates knowledge and understanding of current labour market trends relevant to the industry in which you hope to become an employed graduate. Bring together your research – labour market data, statistics and general information (Parts 1), together with the company/organisation specific labour market research (Parts 2) and the information gathered through the Investigative interview (Parts 3). Identify factors that have led to changes in labour market composition within a specific industry or discipline over the last 5 years. Espouse a position, based on your research, of what might be expected to happen in the sector in the coming 5 years.
• Part 1: Research and examine labour market data, statistics, and information related to your field of work or industry. Identify challenges faced by your industry, and pinpoint changes which have occurred over the past 5 years giving consideration to: globalisation, economic structural changes, advances in technology, disruption and innovation.
• Part 2: Identify a company within a discipline-specific industry or field of work, where there may be graduate employment opportunities. This might include local or global companies, government or non-government organisations or others including start-ups. Conduct a research study of the company / organisation to:
o a) identify factors that have impacted it, and the sector more generally, over the last 5 years,
o b) factors that are likely to impact it, and the sector, in the coming 5 years.
• Part 3: Conduct an Investigative Interview with an employee or manager working in a company or organisation where the business activities are relevant to your discipline. This may be a staff member from the company you have identified in Part 2, , a graduate from another university, a friend or family member or somebody else from your personal or professional network. The purpose of the interview is to gather ‘first-hand’ information about labour market changes and trends. The information from the interview will be integrated and synthesised with other information from the research in Part 1 and Part 2.
Please note, you must provide references in your assignment. You may format your references using either APA 6th edition, or Harvard. You must indicate which referencing style you have chosen at the end of document. For example “References formatted according to APA 6th edition”. If you do not indicate this, then you will not receive any marks for referencing.
Sections of the assignment
1) Cover page
a) Part 1
b) Part 2
c) Part 3
d) Conclusion and synthesis
3) Reference List: 5 marks
4) Appendix (Full interview details)
Your assignment will be assessed according to the following criteria (a rubric is provided on the next page):
1. Part 1: 10 marks
2. Part 2: 10 marks
3. Part 3: 10 marks
4. Conclusion / synthesis: 10 marks
5. Academic Conventions: 5 marks
6. Referencing: 5 marks
(NB: You MUST indicate what style of referencing you are using, or you will not be awarded marks for this section).