About

Your Degree in Computing: Making it Work has been developed as a personal development planning resource specifically for Computing degree students. The project was led by Andrea Duncan, PDP Coordinator, The University of Northampton.


Project Aims and Objectives
The aims of the project were to help computing students make clearer links between their academic study and workplace activities, and to develop self-awareness and self-presentation skills for more effective applications and selection. These Computing-specific materials encourage PDP processes such as skills articulation, reflection on learning, and action-planning within an employability context. The resources support professional development activities and competencies as outlined by the Computing Council and expectations by professional bodies.


Content
The material builds on skills workshops with undergraduate students at levels four and six and has been developed to incorporate greater understanding of employability and skills transferability. Twelve tasks include building skills needed for specific academic assignments, prompts to connect learning in different contexts, and refining personal evidence for use in selection processes. Careers resources are also provided, including graduate case studies as a basis for a careers exploration exercise.