Your portfolio should be structured according to the headings below.
A reminder also that the portfolio assessment has been designed to be flexible, enabling you to tailor the content according to your preferred ‘Future Path’ and also your own short, medium and long-term career plans (e.g., a placement year, summer internship, graduate development programme, a promotion with your current employer, self-employment / enterprise, joining your family’s business, postgraduate study, etc.).
Planning your Future Path (40% weighting, 1400 words)
Using a range of relevant literature (both academic and professional sources), identify and discuss a ‘Future Path’ you are interested in pursuing, evaluating the contribution of this Future Path in the context of your short, medium and long term career plans. This is worth 40% of your overall portfolio grade and should be 1,400 words.
Provide a clear introduction to your planned ‘Future Path’. You are also welcome to highlight if you are focusing on the UK, your home country or elsewhere. This section should be 300 – 400 words.
Joining your family’s business / taking over your family’s business
A brief profile of your family’s business and clear description of the role you will undertake.
Main features of the wider industry/sector, e.g., competitors, customers, products/services/brands, international reach (where applicable); current trends and recent changes.
My family got few businesses in Italy specifically in Rome we got business in various sectors for Example: Grocery shops, Restaurants and Construction Business. You can use your imagination to write this part. Write that I will be the owner when my dad will decide to retire that I have plan to expand our business in other city in Italy. Our competitors are the other merchant stuff like this. About the customers and products, you can create what to write. Obviously write something that is credible.
Discuss and evaluate how this ‘Future Path’ contributes to your short, medium and long term career plans. You should include a copy of your completed Career Planning template with a supporting discussion around your specific short, medium and long term plans. Your discussion should incorporate a combination of professional body viewpoints, published academic studies (journal papers) and other relevant, credible material. This section should be 600 – 700 words.
Provide a concise conclusion, indicating your ‘next steps’ and an alternative ‘Future Path’ you may consider if necessary (i.e., a ‘Plan B’). This section should be around 400 words. For plan B I will join in a normal office job or join in UK Police.
Please remember this is an academic portfolio so it is important that you to use a variety of data and literature to gain a higher grade. Note: Your portfolio will be assessed not only for content but also for language, presentation and Harvard referencing; this is built into the marking criteria.
Your Employability Profile (40% weighting, 1600 words)
The second part of your portfolio requires you to select four development experiences from the module this term. You should provide a structured reflection based on each of these experiences, in terms of how these experiences have supported you in working towards your chosen Future Path. It is expected that your reflections are supported with relevant academic sources. This is worth 40% of your overall portfolio grade and should be 1600 words (400 words per reflection).
As this portfolio is personal and reflective, you are welcome to choose any four development experiences, meaning you can focus your Employability Profile according to your intended Future Path and career plans. We recommend that you select experiences that have had the greatest impact on your personal and professional development this term.
Please also note it is expected that you directly relate your reflective discussions to your intended Future Path. For example, if you plan to start your own business and you choose ‘relationship management’ as one of your four development experiences, you should highlight how learning about relationship management and developmental networks will support you in your future role as a business owner.
However, the main focus of your reflections must be the INDU1166 activities as outlined in Table 1 below; reference to additional related experiences is supplementary.
You can use the following as a guide for structuring your reflective statements, these should be 400 words each. You are welcome to use a reflective model to structure your reflections if you wish, e.g., Gibbs or Kolb. However, this is not compulsory.
Brief description of the chosen development experience;
Why did you choose this experience?;
What has been the impact of this experience on your pursuit of your chosen Future Path?
How will you use your learning moving forward?