Unit 15 Development Planning for a Career in Business

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Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Nationals specification in Business – Issue 1 – January 2010 © Edexcel Limited 2009 1 Unit 15: Development Planning for a Career in Business Unit code: H/502/5444 QCF Level 3: BTEC National Credit value: 10 Guided learning hours: 60 Aim and purpose The aim of this unit is to enable learners to plan their career in business. Learners will do this by exploring career options and building a career plan supported by research, self-assessment and realistic targets. Unit introduction Business organisations operate in a rapidly changing global economy and their labour requirements are constantly changing. Implications for learners include the impact on the job and career opportunities that are available to them. In an increasingly competitive labour market, it is essential that learners recognise the importance of planning their career. This unit covers developing a career plan based on research and realistic targets. The unit is a practical unit as learners develop and refine the content of their career plan. For the first part of the unit learners need to focus on researching into their own career choices. This will require a thorough analysis of job and career opportunities in their chosen field. Once this is established learners will be introduced to a number of techniques that will assist them in their planning. They will develop a range of practical skills which will underpin the self-assessment requirements of their career plan. This will include completion of a skills audit and monitoring the ongoing development of their transferable skills. Learners will need to reflect on the results of their skills audit and identify any skills gaps. They will need to be realistic and know how to focus on priorities. This will allow them to develop strategies based on realistic and measurable targets to meet their developmental needs. Learners will need to look ahead to create medium term (five years) projections for their career plan. The unit introduces learners to the concept of continuing professional development. This will give them an understanding of the process of lifelong learning and enable them to look beyond the boundaries of a short-term plan. On completion of the unit, learners will have developed a realistic picture of their career possibilities. Learning outcomes On completion of this unit a learner should: 1 Know how to access career-related information 2 Be able to develop a personal career development plan 3 Be able to develop a range of transferable business skills at the appropriate level 4 Understand methods of professional development and training.
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Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Nationals specification in Business – Issue 1 – January 2010 © Edexcel Limited 2009 2 Unit content 1 Know how to access career-related information Sources of information : Connexions; Learning and Skills Councils (England only) (Skills Funding Agency from 2010 – England only); job centres; careers service (university, college, school); interviews; career
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