Preparing for the workplace session coursework


This coursework flows on from the Preparing for the Workplace PD day.

Professionalism Coursework | (Read, Write)

  1. Write your reflections about this lesson in your Learning Diary.

  2. What, if any, of the concepts presented were new to you?

  3. Is there anything you disagree with?

  4. Think about the the role plays presented during the session:

    1. If you were in that situation, what would it feel like to have to tell your manager or your team mate potentially bad news? What would be your worries or concerns?

    2. What would it feel like to receive the bad news? What would you be thinking now about your colleague and their level of professionalism?

  5. Feel free to share any other thoughts you have.

  6. When you have completed your reflection, post it to your your work area in Google Classroom

  7. Mark as done

Brag Diary Coursework | (Watch, Listen, Read, Write)

  1. Watch this video by Gargi Sharma (26 mins) where she discusses the importance of ‘bragging’ about yourself and celebrating your achievements.

  2. After watching, reflect on the presentation in your learning journal by answering the following questions:

    a. Gargi Shama talks about society as a mertitocracy and the myth of meritocracy. Think about your working life up to this point. Did you go about your work expecting or believing that if you work hard you will be rewarded? With a new or better job/ a promotion/ more money/ awards and recognition? b. If you belived this, has your expectation been met? c. If yes, what did you do to get your hard work to be recognised? d. If no, why wasn't your hard work recognised? e. Next, think about the present day and training to become a developer. How can you start to make your work visible? What has happened over the past week, 2 weeks, 3 weeks, 4 weeks- 8 weeks since you started Fundamentals that you are proud of? Write a list.

  3. After you have written your pride list, refer back to the Competencies List here:

  4. Decide which competency each achievement you have listed relates to.

  5. Write it next to your competancy.

  6. Post your list of achievements and competencies to your ork area in Google Classroom

  7. Mark as done.

Prepare this for your next PD Buddy group meeting

  1. Choose one of your achievements and have try at using the STAR method to tell the story Use this guide:

  2. Write out your story and present it in your Buddy group.

Diversity and Inclusion | (Read, Write, Speak, Watch)

  1. Watch this video on Unconscious Bias

  2. Watch this Video on Microaggressions

  3. Write a reflection in your Learning Journal answering the following questions: (do not copy any answers from the presentation or online searches. Write what is your interpretation and understanding)

    1. What do you mean by diversity and inclusion?

    2. Why is diversity important?

    3. What does Microaggression mean?

  4. Post your reflective journal in your work area on Google Classroom

  5. Mark as done

In order to be successful in a diverse space, it's important to know and understand why you behave in certain ways or say certain things. The Implicit Association Test (IAT) developed by Harvard University researchers can help you raise awareness of your unconscious biases. And you can use the results to encourage your self-reflection about particular groups of people.

You can either choose to do Part A or Part B:

  • Part A- Take the Implicit Association Test

    1. Decide if you want to participate by taking one of the Implicit Assocaition Tests. By taking the test you are contributing to scientific research. You do not have to share the results with anyone else.

      The purpose of the IAT is to uncover biases that you may not be aware of. The results of the test may be upsetting to some people.

    2. If you do want to participate, click on 'Take a test' and read all the Preliminary Information:

    3. After reading, if you want to continue then click the words 'I wish to proceed' at the bottom of the page.

    4. On the next page you have a list of 14 IAT tests.

      Start with the 'Gender- Career IAT'

      You can do as many IAT's as you like.

    5. Read the instructions carefully (more information about how to do the test is here):

    6. After you have taken the IAT:

      Take a screenshot of the confirmation you have taken the IAT. You do not have to show your result. Upload to your student area in Google Classroom.

    7. Note down in your learning journal any group or groups you may have a bias toward.

      • Getting to know people and having positive interactions will help you could start to rethink how you view this group.

      • Write how you would want start a conversation with a member of this group.

    8. Mark as done in Google Classroom

    9. Extend your learning: If you like you can also discuss with another trainee or your buddy group.

  • Part B- Research Implicit Bias

    • Read and summarise a scientific or popular press article about implicit bias

      • Find an article on Implict Bias.

      • It should be from either a scientific or popular press article.

      • Make sure you are getting your information from a reliable source.

      • Write a summary of the article in your Learning Journal.

      • Then write what you learned from the article.

      • Post your reflective summary in your work area in Google Classroom

      • Mark as done

Honeycomb feedback -

  1. Go onto the Honeycomb platform and select the Maximising My Time’ cell

  2. Review the learning content for the essential habits by clicking on - View Learning Content

  3. After reviewing the learning content complete your self assessment

  4. Post a screenshot in your student area on Goolge Classroom showing your self assessment has been completed.

  5. Mark as done

Managing Your Time

You have already had a go at creating a study schedule. How many of you are still using it? We know it takes practice to form a habit so here is another opportunity for you. This activity will give you practice using Google sheets to create and maintain a schedule. Go to the link and do the course on Google Applied Digital Skills. Completed the quiz at the end of the course. We will be able to see your responses. Extensions: Choose one or more of the extensions to further enhance your study schedule.

CV writing workbook (Workbook activity due in 2 weeks) (Completed CV due in 4 weeks)

Most people do not have a good CV the 1st time around. Using the CV workbook will break down what you need to think about in order to create a good CV. You will need to have your draft CV ready for review with you Career mentor when you meet after the next Employability Day.

Start crafting your CV by working through this CV workbook. You can use one of the job adverts from the Job application session as your example or a job you find on your own.

Sample Job advert Company A:

Sample Job advert Company B:

Cv Workbook:

‌Post your completed workbook activities on Google Classroom

Post your completed draft CV in Google classroom

Tips for getting your first dev role (Due in 1 week)

Read: Parul Singh (She/Her) on LinkedIn: Tips for getting your first dev role

Write in your learning journal what 2 tips you think will be most useful for you. Answer why they will be useful for your job search and what actions you will start taking to use these tips.

Post your journal entry on Google Classroom

Listen to Podcast on Coursera (Due in 1 week)

Coursera Blog - In 2020, Should You Learn Python or Javascript First?

Write in your learning journal: What advice do they give about finding a job? What things would be useful for you to do?

Post your journal entry on Google Classroom

Competencies for progressing from Junior to Mid Level Developer at the FT‌ (Due in 1 week)

When you start looking for job you will have to show development and progress over time. Once you get your first role as a Junior you will need to continue to grow and develop in your role.

Read the following example from The Financial Times on Engineering competencies. They are used as informatation in discussions about career progression between an engineer and their line manager. They define what an engineer is expected to be doing at a particular level. Engineers are expected to be considering whether they’re meeting competencies from the levels before their current one.

In your learning journal write what you notice about the different areas of competencies.

Are they only looking at technical ability or something else?

Are there any competencies related to what you have been learning on this course?

Now that you . know the expectations employers have for their staff to develop, what can you take away that you can start doing now?

Post your journal entry on Google Classroom

Build your personal profile (1st blog due in 1 week, 2nd blog in 2 weeks, 3rd blog in 3 weeks, 4th blog in 4 weeks)

At this point in the course building your personal brand and profile should be your aim.

Decide which 3 Social Media platforms are the most important for you to focus on right now.

  1. Create an account (if needed) for the 3 platforms you chose

  2. Write a blog post on something you learned this week. One suggestion is to write a blog aimed at the person you were 3-6 months ago. Make sure that person can understand what you are writing about.

  3. Send your first blog post to a peer and have them review it to see if the information is useful.

  4. Ask them for comments and 2 ways you can improve your post before you post to the world.

  5. Post it on your chosen Social Media sites and continue this process least once a week. Remember to keep the blog post short at first to prevent writers block and anxiety about posting.

  6. Promote your blog on the sites you feel are most important!

  7. Post a screenshot of your posted blog and upload to Google Classroom

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