- Structuring your analysis
Your analysis must include the following sections. Required content is detailed below, however, you are encouraged to include additional material, what is relevant will depend on you, where you were at the beginning, how you have developed, and where and how you feel you need to develop in the future.
Part 1: Organisational analysis
An analysis of the type of organisation you would like to work for. You do not have to identify a specific organisation but you are expected to research the industry sector to produce a detailed analysis which must consider and include:
What is its size? What are the current challenges and opportunities it faces? How might these affect you? What kind of jobs you might enter as a Masters graduate?
You must reflect on and justify your interest in this industry.
Part 2: An analysis of yourself in relation to your professional skills and the industry sector of your choice.
You must use tools and theories to develop and evidence this evaluation and analysis and include:
An evaluation of your current professional skills and/or competencies.
An analysis of critical incidents experienced during the module and/or course so far,
what you have learned from these and how you might utilise this learning in future.
Part 3: A detailed personal and professional development programme
This should be informed by and utilise a reflective approach to understanding your own professional development needs and include:
An explanation and justification for how you approached designing your action plan
Provide evidence of progress already made in relation to your development
An Action Plan for your future which explores both your personal and professional
Part 4: Appendices
This should not include any analysis and is only for providing supporting evidence that you have undergone a process of personal development in relation to professional skills. As such it does not need to include everything, but should be useful to the reader and add further insights.
Examples of relevant content might be:
Copies of any skills audits, evidence of work-based learning, reflective blogs/statements, certificates of attendance at any extracurricular activities/other evidence of participation in relevant activities such as the Learning and Development Group, Library and Computer Services, Careers and Employability Services, Students Union, Student Services etc.