Career guidance remains at the heart of UK government policies regarding education, employment and training, which are more important than ever in our rapidly-changing economy and labour market.
Underpinned by an ethos promoting ethical and client-centred professional practice, this course aims to equip you with relevant, high quality career guidance practitioner skills such as interviewing and developing career learning programmes, as well as designing and using labour market information to provide effective insight and advice.
Taught through blended learning (online and face-to-face teaching) and fully accredited by the Career Development Institute (CDI), on successful completion you will additionally be eligible for the Qualification in Career Development (QCD) (please note that this is subject to membership, application and additional costs will apply) which can allow you to work in a variety of career guidance provider contexts. The CDI is the UK-wide professional body for everyone working in the fields of career education, career coaching, career consultancy, career management and career information, advice and guidance.
As part of this course you will undertake a professional development module in Entrepreneurship accredited by the Chartered Management Institute. Each of the participating postgraduate courses have an individually tailored version of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Professional Development module, offering the opportunity to apply for Chartered Manager status. Please visit the CMI website for full details on the CMI accreditation.
Why Coventry University?
An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.
Working in public, private, voluntary and community settings, career guidance practitioners assist a range of adults and young people to make decisions about their education, training, jobs and careers. In the current climate, career guidance is ever more vital, whether helping young people leaving the education system, or those seeking to change direction in their careers.
The aim of the MA/PgDip in Career Development Management is for you to develop the practical skills, theoretical knowledge and professional values that would allow you to meet the needs of clients in a wide range of work settings. Upon successful completion of the course you will gain an understanding of how to deliver careers support to diverse individuals and groups and manage career development activities, as well as how to manage your own career development, whether as an employee or as a self-employed person, researcher or practitioner within a changing UK and international landscape.
The course provides you with an opportunity to study and enhance your knowledge and skills in career development and guidance to inform professional practice within business and organisational settings.
The theory and practice of career guidance in a contemporary context is central to our curriculum – its purpose, aims, benefits to society and people, and its varied delivery methods. We will consider the importance of equality, diversity and social justice to the delivery of career guidance, using case studies drawn from a wide variety of organisational contexts to reflect real-life challenges, such as those faced by university careers services in developing employability provision.
You will have the opportunity to receive training in a variety of interview models, covering the specialist skills needed for your work with clients, including networking, group work, presentation theories and techniques. We also aim to teach you how to evaluate career-related and labour market information. You will also have the opportunity to develop and enhance your core professional skills in practice settings – with students completing a minimum of 30 days on placement*.
*Please note that we are unable to guarantee any placement opportunities and that any such opportunities referred to on this webpage may be subject to additional costs (e.g. travel, visas and accommodation etc.), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand the requirements in this regard, please contact the International Office for further details if you are an EU or International student.
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