What’s involved?

What’s involved?: Masters in Career & Talent Management

What’s involved in the Masters in Career Management? Find out below:

what's involved in the MA in Career Management

1. The CCS Licensing Questionnaire

This consists of fifteen questions testing your knowledge and learning from the CCS Core Skills Course. Some questions are based on case studies from the course. Success here is a necessary pre-requisite to enrolment with Kingston.

2. An assignment consisting of two questions, each requiring 1200-1500 words

The questions cover:

  • a critical reflection on your own career, and the implications of your experience for providing career support
  • a critical review of ethical issues in providing career support and how they apply to your working context

You will receive feedback on your responses to both the Licensing Questionnaire and the Assignment. The Licensing Questionnaire will be marked by a CCS tutor. The Assignments will be marked by Professor Charles Jackson and Janet Sheath, who is the Academic Supervisor for the Postgraduate Certificate. Janet is Honorary Teaching Fellow at the Department of Organisational Psychology, Birkbeck Collge, University of London. Charles is a Fellow of NICEC (the National Institute for Careers Education and Counselling) and previously worked at the IES (Institute for Employment Studies).

In order to proceed to this stage, you will first need to enrol with Kingston University. Potential students need to get their application forms from Rebecca Deller on r.deller@kingston.ac.uk. The full Kingston University fee for the PG Certificate is currently £2400.

Group Days

1. Preparation Day

This CCS preliminary day will give you the opportunity to:

  • prepare for Assignment work
  • meet your fellow group of students
  • meet Janet Sheath, the academic supervisor, who will run one of the sessions.

2. Two Further Group Days

Held at Kingston University. The aim of these days will be to provide you with an opportunity to receive both academic and practical support and supervision, in a group setting.

The fee for these three days is £450 + VAT, payable to CCS. This also covers the cost of assessing the initial assignment.

The Kingston Certificate Programme

You will need to complete three further assignments to complete the sixty credits required for the PG Certificate in Career and Talent Management. These assignments will be based on a Learning Contract which you agree with your Academic Supervisor:

  1. Two case studies of practice (30 credits): At least one of these case studies should be a description of work with an individual client. The second case study can be either a second case study of work with an individual client, a case study of a group intervention (eg, a career workshop) or other similar career development activity related to career and talent management (eg, the development and introduction of self-help career materials combined with career counselling) for which the student has been responsible. The option of a group of students working in the same organisation presenting a group assignment would also be possible. Guidance would be given on the appropriate format of each case study which would be expected to be between 3000 and 4000 words long. Particular importance would be attached to students providing evidence of reflective practice and an awareness of an ethical dimension to their work.
  2. Course assignment (15 credits): The intention of the final assignment is to provide the student with the opportunity to relate theoretical issues relating to counselling, career development or talent management to their professional practice. Possible activities might be a literature review on a particular topic relevant to their work (eg, the career development of women, professional practice issues, etc), a small scale evaluation of the effectiveness/impact of a career intervention, a reflective journal, etc. The option of a group of students working in the same organisation presenting a group assignment would also be possible. Guidance would be given on the appropriate format of the assignment which would be expected to be between 3000 and 4000 words long. On successful completion of the final assignment, students will be eligible for the PG Certificate in Career and Talent Management.

1. Academic Supervision

  1. Initial half-day briefing for groups of students enrolling on the course. Held at Kingston Business School, this will include briefing on the course assignments, provision of reading lists and other course materials, opportunities to be introduced to the university’s library and computing facilities (eg, Blackboard), and to meet fellow students. Alternative briefing arrangements will also be available for those who cannot attend.
  2. Up to 5 hours academic supervision. This would be delivered primarily by email or telephone on an individual basis. The two Group days (see above) will include some academic, as well as practical, supervision.

2. Academic Assessment

The Academic Supervisor will be responsible for the assessment of the case studies and course assignments.

3. Case Supervision

You will be expected to have a minimum of 50 hours of career counselling experience during the one year of the programme. Supervision is a requirement while you are attending the course. This may be with a CCS supervisor or you may set up an alternative arrangement with a suitably experienced person. Please discuss any arrangements you plan with Rob Nathan. CCS will be running supervision groups, which will give you a further opportunity to interact with your fellow students. This will involve a charge, payable to CCS.

The Diploma and Masters

The Diploma will require the attainment of a further 60 credits, through the completion of four assignments, while the Masters will require students to write a dissertation worth a further 60 credits.

The probable structure for the Diploma will be:

Research Methods for Career Counselling Focus would be on use of qualitative research methods in applied settings with particular emphasis on how such techniques can be used in the development of career counselling/development practice. Paper outlining how to approach the evaluation of a career counselling intervention and use small scale research.
Evaluating Career Counselling Practice Conduct a small scale evaluation of a career counselling/coaching intervention to demonstrate their familiarity with research skills/techniques. Presentation based on a small-scale formative evaluation of a careers counselling intervention.
Career Counselling Practice: techniques/methods/theories Relate theoretical issues in counselling, career development or talent management to their professional practice/work with clients. Paper reviewing how students have applied particular techniques and methods that develop and apply theoretical constructs in their career counselling. Evidence should be based both on literature/research evidence and case studies of work with clients.
Career Development Needs Assessment Conduct a review of career development needs either in an organisational setting or for a particular client/professional group. Presentation based on evidence from needs assessment outlining career development and counselling issues, strategy for intervention and possible interventions to address identified needs.

Students will also be expected to attend four one day skills training workshops, and to have at least six months and 100 hours of supervised career counselling practice.

The Masters in Career and Talent Management is obtained by a supervised dissertation.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

In certain cases, credit allowance can be made for prior relevant UK Certificated or Experiential learning. Each case will be dealt with individually. To discuss your situation, please contact John Forgan at ccp@kingston.ac.uk

Your Next Steps

Attend the CCS Core Skills course

  1. Attend the CCS Core Skills course (see dates)
  2. Request an Application Form from Mandy Treptow: m.treptow@kingston.ac.uk
  3. Tell CCS you wish to register for the next Kingston Preparation Day at Kingston University
  4. Further information is available on the Kingston University website at: http://business.kingston.ac.uk/business-services/services-individuals/work-based-learning/postgraduate-certificate-career