One of the modules I am compelled to study this semester has the rather grand name “Communication Skills and Professional Issues“. With a title like that I dreaded that it would be some god-awful social interaction test or something totally unrelated to the course – well something along the lines of A Level General Studies anyway…
I was pleasantly surprised. The first half of the module is taken up with guest lectures from IT professionals. So far we have had speakers from IBM and Fujitsu and some smaller companies as well as a very interesting talk on computer forensics from a former police officer turned forensic investigator. A couple of talks were also given by someone from the careers department of the University about writing a CV and giving presentations.
The assessment part of the module comes 50% from an essay examining an area of computing – the title of mine is “Is the Internet good for Democracy?” and 40% from a 40 minute team presentation and 30 page report. Our chosen subject is “How has the Internet changed social interaction”. The remaining 10% is given for submitting a CV and covering letter applying for a job along with a job ad of your choice. This got me searching for jobs adverts and there are a lot out there. Think I will choose something like this at BestBuy or this at an unspecified eCommerce firm. Online content/promotion without being too code based.
I am able to make the CV from a one I wrote about a year ago when I figured it would be useful to have one and from my LinkedIn page (really makes creating a CV simple!). Hard to work out what stuff to include that isn’t official paid work though – for example the websites I have created/run. They certainly are experience but I need to decide which are relevant. Perhaps more of a covering letter thing.
Looked over a covering letter belonging to a friend earlier today so that should give me some ideas of what to include. There are plenty of resources available online to find out about what is expected in a CV/covering letter so fingers crossed it will not take too long to get the best part of 10% of the module done.
A return to daily blogging? Probably not.