Why - Translating activities into strengths
The Bachelor’s Degree in Digital Management offers students a wide range of curriculum enhancing activities that are crucial in defining the students profiles’ uniqueness. These include: the Curriculum Enhancing Courses, the Project Works, the Internship Projects and the various events which students can attend (lectures, hackatons, conferences and much more).
These opportunities are an important part of the students’ training and represent a strong evidence of their employability skills, so it is important to highlight the curriculum enhancing experiences to prospective employers and show their added value.
For this reason, students have access to a specifically-designed platform where they can track all their activities and present them in a document called Career Passport (CP) which can be shared with prospective employers.
The Career Passport
The Career Passport is an official document developed on the basis of the information added by the students and their tutors on the dedicated platform.
The document is divided in 6 areas:
- LEARN: the list of Curricular Courses
- SPECIALISE: the list of Curriculum Enhancing Courses attended by the student and for which they obtained an Open Badge
- PARTICIPATE: a list of selected events the student attended (lectures, hackatons, workshops, conferences, etc.). Events are tagged to identify a topic area (i.e. digital transformation, AI, soft skills, etc.).This section will also show each student’s attendance rate (i.e. if a student attends 5 events out of 10, they will score a 50% attendance rate)
- EXPERIENCE: a list of internship, volunteering and work experiences, inclusive of the Internship Project
- PROJECT WORKS: a list of projects the student worked on in class
- SPECIAL MENTIONS: a section where professors can add comments if a student delivered a particularly good project and/or was particularly strong in a course.
The value of the Career Passport
Through the Career Passport students can see and understand the personal and professional development they are undertaking, showing how the curriculum enhancing activities are complementing what they are learning in class.
- Planning: the Career Passport assists students in planning their educational path targeting specific topics and skill areas they wish to focus on
- Preparing for the job market: students will be empowered and motivated to track and develop their own learning. They will understand the value of experiential learning and perceive activities as opportunities to increase their skills in preparation for the job market
- Applying: the Career Passport assists students with their application process for further education, interview preparations, CV development and also to identify relevant job search strategies
- Presenting: it also supports students in presenting and communicating their experiences to potential employers. They will be able to narrate the variety of knowledge, skills and abilities acquired, which is a key skill employers look for during the interview.
For prospective employers
It often takes less than a minute to scan an application and decide whether or not the candidate is suitable for the role: the Career Passport helps employers to find easily the information they need.
- Identify candidates: through the Career Passport employers will be able to identify candidates that match their requirements, showing them the students’ engagement in curriculum enhancing activities and their key experiences
- Receive quality information: candidates with the Career Passport are more self-aware and able to communicate the relevancy of their experiences in relation to the job they are applying for, improving the overall quality of the interview and selection process.
Students have access to a specifically-designed platform that allows them to record their attendance at events and lessons and where they can describe their projects and work experiences.