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This report is an essential and distinguishing part of Professional Experience. As future industry workers or business owners, it is crucial that you engage in an environment where you can empirically apply theoretical knowledge. Understanding the significance of relationship building and industry connectedness will be crucial for your future careers.

Professional Experience will provide opportunities for you to demonstrate your planning, research and time management skills and develop appropriate key skills needed for effective participation in a professional setting, including personal organisation, communication and target setting. This report provides opportunities for you to reflect on the theoretical knowledge and understanding and apply it in practice.  

1. Written Report – 6,000 words  

  • Introduction Statement
    • Introduce the subject of your report and overview of your experience.
  • What you did for your professional experience?
    • Did you do a placement or VCL?
    • Give information about your employer or information about your VCL idea.
  • What was your reaction, thinking and feelings of your placement or VCL?
    • What was good and bad about your placement or VCL?
    • How did you feel about your placement or VCL?
  • Evaluate your Experience
    • What sense can you make of your experience on placement or VCL?
    • Did this experience impact you in a positive way or negative way?
  • Applications of your Experience
    • How will you implement and apply what you learned or experienced?
    • What would you have done differently during your placement or VCL?
  • Conclusion Statement

2. Reflective e-Portfolio using Mahara 

Your e-Portfolio will help you to reflect on your Professional Experience (Placement or VCL) and to record the activities you were engaged in during this time. Learning to reflect is an important skill to develop as it will enable you to make the most of your experience and help to develop your self-awareness. Giving serious thought to the activities you were engaged in will allow you to consider which aspects of your Professional Experience interested you, what motivated you and where your strengths and weaknesses lie.  

Refection is a very personal activity and different people will have preference in hour they choose to reflect. Effective reflection can also be done by talking with others. This can include conversations with your work colleagues, classmates, friends and tutors.  

  • Completing Reflective Logs 
    • You should aim to write a reflective log after any significant conversations, projects, activities or appraisals. They don’t have to be very long submissions but producing them on a regular basis, while the activity or conversation is fresh will help you better reflect on the situation. 
    • You must have 12 reflective logs. 

3. Presentation – 15 Minutes 

Delivering a presentation over your experience and sharing your reflections on your learnings and accomplishments is a good way for you to further understand your experience.  

This will be a pre-recorded submission along with your report and reflective e-portfolio.

You will be required to deliver a 15-minute presentation covering the following:  

1.     What did you do for your professional experience.  Give some context to this.

2.     State 3 key areas of learning, that you will use to further develop yourself or apply to your future career.  

3.     Share how you will implement what you have learned from your professional experience to influenced your career goals and aspirations?  

Questions to consider when reflecting on your Professional Experience

  • What skills did you use during your professional experience? 
  • What skills did you learn during your professional experience? 
  • What did you learn some of your strengths are? 
  • What areas did you learn you need to further develop? 
  • How did Covid-19 affect your professional experience?  
  • How did you enjoy or deal with remote working?  
  • How did you have to change or update your CV for your placement search?  
  • Did you have to adjust your personal branding looking for a placement or participating in VCL?  
  • How self-aware were you before your professional experience compared to after?  
  • Did you have to use an elevator pitch for VCL or for your placement? How did you develop this?  
  • How did you use social media or how did it affect you during VCL or your placement? (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TicTok etc.   
  • Did you like the way your manager managed you? Why or why not?  
  • What did you learn from the office environment? What did this tell you about yourself?  
  • What did you learn about your placement search? What recourses or job boards did you use?  
  • How did you prepare for your interviews? Did this help?  
  • What could you have done better for your interview or placement search?  
  • What did you think the placement would be like before you started? Were you right?  
  • Did you have any worries or concerns before you started VCL or your placement? What were they? Why do you think they were concerns for you?  
  • After this experience, would you further pursue this role or industry? Why or why not? 
  • Did you like working for a small/large company? Why or why not? 
  •  What would you have done differently during your placement? 
  •  Did you feel prepared for your placement? why or why not? 
  •  How will you continue to develop after your placement or VCL?  
  • Did you learn what your strengths are? How will you apply them moving forward?  
  • what areas do you need to further develop? How will you do this?  
  • Do you like working in a large/small company? why or why not?  
  • Did you like working with your colleague? why and how will this affect your future jobs?  
  • Did you like the way you were managed? Why or why not?  
  • What did you learn from your placement appraisal?  
  • What did you learn from your placement search process and how will you apply this to your future job search?  
  • What did you learn from your interview preparation and process? How will you apply this to your future interviews?  
  • What kind of work environment did you enjoy? How will you use this information?  
  • What did you learn about your VCL business idea? How has it changed?  
  • How do you need to further develop to become a successful entrepreneur?  
  • Will you pursue further degree programmes or training?  
  • Will you apply for other opportunities in this field?  
  • Will you continue in your current role?  
  • Will you be launching your own company? What are the steps you will take?  
  • Will you further pursue a career related to your professional experience? Why or why not?  
  • How will you now prepare for interviews?  
  • How will you maintain your CV and Cover Letter moving forward?  
  • How will you continue to develop and maintain your professional branding?  
TitleBusiness Consultancy Project
CodeMMBB99 LDNSchoolYork Business SchoolCost centre9043
Level7Credits60Available for incoming study abroadYes
Pre-requisites[1]NoneBarred combinationsN/A
Total number of study hours for the module:600
which will include the following:number of hours:
timetabled contact 35
placementN/A
field tripsN/A
other – please give further detail below:
Independent study and supported open learning – 570 hours
Rationale
The Business Consultancy Project is designed to enable students to work independently to produce a consultancy project with the support of an appropriate academic supervisor during their placement year. The module will provide students with a vocational opportunity aimed at enhancing their future employability. It is designed to develop skills, knowledge and understanding in a range of career-related personal, professional and key skill areas. It provides opportunities to practise skills and apply knowledge in the workplace through a work-based consultancy project. The module specifically engages with issues such as career decision making, the recruitment cycle, applying for jobs and finally sourcing and embarking on a placement or a group or individual project. The module will also provide an opportunity for participants to critically reflect on their personal learning experiences over the Master’s study period and work experience.   Upon successful completion of the module you will be able to: Identify, plan, design and conduct an individual project, underpinned by independent research, directly relevant to their programme of study. Collect, analyse, interpret and evaluate data and information generated by the research activityCommunicate findings which meets academic standards at degree level and professional standards of presentationTo plan, negotiate, secure and undertake a work placement or a group or an individual project and reflect on the personal learning and development that occurred in this context
Title(s) of awards to which the module contributesAward Programme Learning Outcome(s) to which the module is mapped (PLO4.1, PLO5.3 etc.)
MSc Entrepreneurship and Innovation (with year in industry)PLO7.7, PLO7.8
MSc Human Resource Management (with year in industry)PLO7.7, PLO7.8
MSc International Business (with year in industry)PLO7.7, PLO7.8
MSc International Fashion Marketing (with year in industry)PLO7.7, PLO7.8
MSc Leadership and Management (with year in industry)PLO7.7, PLO7.8
MSc Project Management (with year in industry)PLO7.7, PLO7.8
MSc Marketing (with year in industry)PLO7.7, PLO7.8
MBA (with year in industry)PLO7.1, PLO7.7, PLO7.8
Assessment (include expected word length for written work and duration for examinations)
#typedescriptionweighting
1Written workReport (6,000 words)50%
2(Self-)reflectionReflective Portfolio30%
3PresentationPresentation (15 minutes)20%
Qualified failures (for modules with more than one summative assessment component delete as applicable) In order to pass the module, students must achieve at least:
a mark of 20 in each component and an overall pass mark

Indicative content
This is a self-directed study module and students will work independently to produce a consultancy project with the support of an appropriate academic supervisor during their placement year. The module focusses on panning, negotiating and organising work placement or approved project and personal development.   The practice of management consulting; business research methods and practice; negotiating a scope of work; developing a research proposal; data collection and analysis; preparing and presenting a consulting report; consulting project management; managing expectations   In addition:   ·       Development of appropriate study skills ·       Identification of data collection strategies with clear stages, demonstrating project management abilities and an awareness of research ethics; Appreciation of a range of data collection tools and development of tools for individual study; ·       Appreciation and practical application of a range data analysis techniques; ·       Research investigation layout, writing and presentation; ·       Negotiating a scope of work; ·       Approaches to research and framing the research questions, aims and objectives. ·       Qualitative and quantitative research methodologies. ·       To critically reflect on learning over the period of Master’s study.
Reading list (insert link)
https://yorksj.rl.talis.com/modules/mmbb99.html   Manville, G., Matthias, O. & Campbell, J., 2017. Management Consultancy Insights and Real Consultancy Projects. Routledge   Babbie, E., 2014. The practice of social research. 14th Edn. Belmont: Thomson/Wadsworth   Wickham, P.A. & Wickham, L., 2012. Management consultancy: delivering an effective project. 4th Edn. Harlow: Pearson Education Limited   Kessler, H.E., 2013. Management theory in action: real-world lessons for walking the talk. New York: Palgrave MacMillan   Burtonshaw-Gunn, S., 2010. Essential Tools for Management Consulting: Tools, Models and Approachces for Clients and Consultants. Wiley ebook   Sekaran, U. & Bougie, R., 2013. Research Methods for Business: A Skill-Building Approach. Chichester: Wiley   Bell, E., Bryman, A. & Harley, B.,2018. Business Research Methods. 5th Edn. Oxford: Oxford University Press   Easterby-Smith, M., 2018. Management and Business Research. 6th Edn. Sage   Cresswell, J.W. & Cresswell, J.D., 2018. Research Design: Qualitative, Quantitative and Mixed Methods. 5th Edn. Sage   Saunders, M.N.K., Lewis, P. & Thornhill, A., 2015. Research Methods for Business Students. 7th Edn. Pearson   Bolles, R.N. (2009) What colour is your parachute? A practical manual for job-hunters and career changers. Enfield: Ten Speed Press.  
Version1In use from2019-20to 
External examiner code: 
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Date approved:June 2019

Notes

Assignment deadline: 31st of July 2020


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