The essay is reflective but the delivery must be academic and professional – avoid the temptation to reduce ‘reflection’ to a conversation.
A portfolio which contains:
Your graduate destination - What? Why? etc. Seek guidance to ensure it is a graduate level role. If you are looking at post graduate vocational training – such as teacher training, social work – then you need to look for the ‘qualified role’ and look at the steps to the qualified role. If you want to be a Social worker – what client group? If you want to be a nurse? Which area of nursing?
Role analysis – history, trends, etc. NOT a history of the job role but an awareness of the current issues facing professionals in the role – for example police and child trafficking, Education and special needs etc
A current job description and person specification of your ideal job – Appendix 1 DO NOT UPLOAD A LINK AS THE JOB MAY HAVE GONE BY THE TIME OF SUBMISSION)
Reflection – what you already have – skills and experience and what you will need to get in order to meet the person specification. Having identified any gaps in our skills / experience create a PDP (below)
Personal Development Plan – this must be in a grid format, with 5 objectives, each objective must be SMART. The PDP is your plan to achieve the objectives required in the job description you have used.
CV and covering letter as if you were seeking employment – these must be academic and professional and create a linkedin account that must be included on your CV
References – min 10 (but only 3 are websites