Career Development Module
The Career Development Module is an optional module available on many courses at the university. Whilst the University offers the opportunity to use the module to support learners in primary, secondary and special educational needs schools with student tutoring or develop knowledge and skills using your existing part-time work, the Students' Union offers a third option. You can undertake the module by volunteering through the Students' Union in the local community or on campus (as a Rep for example), or by using your position such as President, Secretary, Treasurer or Welfare Officer to accredit the module. Click here to download a clearer map of how to navigate your decision with this module.
If you already volunteer through the Students' Union – either within the Union’s volunteering opportunities or with external charities – this route will help you to recognise and analyse the graduate skills that you use. To take part, you must be volunteering in a placement approved by the Students' Union before you start the module, and you must confirm your choice of placement with your personal tutor or degree programme director.
Please note: before applying for CDM, you must contact us first to check eligibility of your volunteer/committee role and the availability left on the module; you will not automatically be given a place on the module because you meet the criteria and we must be aware of your interest before application.
During the module, you'll attend timetabled seminars, lectures, workshops and individual tutorials throughout the year. These support you in setting goals to work towards during your placement and develop your knowledge and skills.
You'll spend a minimum of 70 hours at your placement – either a half or full day each week, spread over semester 1 and 2. Placement visits are managed to fit around your academic and other commitments, and to give you time to plan and prepare for each module assessment.
How can I get involved?
To help you find a volunteering placement, here are the following ways in which you can take on the CDM through the Students' Union:
OPTION 1: Pre-Arranged Placements:
Browse our placements here or browse placements by organisation or category. Not seeing anything you like? Our list of placements is constantly being updated so keep checking back to see if anything new takes your fancy.
OPTION 2: Find your own Volunteering Placement:
Student placements are not limited to what we have to offer in our pre-arranged placements; you are more than welcome to source your own placement with an organisation directly. If so, please explain the CDM role to prospective charities, the information on this page may assist you with this. Once you have gained agreement on a placement please email firstname.lastname@example.org to inform us of the organisation, your role and the name of the person who will be acting as your supervisor as we will need to check some paperwork with them.
OPTION 3: Use existing positions with clubs, societies, as a Student Rep or within student media:
Please note: before applying for CDM, you must contact us first to check eligibility of your volunteer/committee role and the availability left on the module; you will not automatically be given a place on the module because you meet the criteria and we must be aware of your interest before application. Once you have contacted us (Liz Gulliver) and your eligibility/the availability has been confirmed, then you will be able to apply for the module.
If you are already volunteering, eg as a rep, or in a committee role such as President, Secretary, Treasurer or Welfare Officer in a club/society, etc, and then email Liz Gulliver at the Students' Union to confirm your current placement. Spaces are limited, so the earlier you apply the better. Whilst the module is more targeted towards Lead Committee roles (Presidents, Secretaries, Welfare Officers & Treasurers of clubs and societies), students who are sharing roles or who hold other prominent roles within their club, society or student group may be eligible but will need to put forward a proposal and have this agreed by the CDM team at NUSU. You can do this by emailing Liz Gulliver.
The module looks at 4 key graduate skill areas: Planning & Organising, Communication, Teamwork and Personal Enterprise. The module aims to help you develop these skills through practical application during your 70 hour placement. To find out more about the CDM, check out the information below.
Frequently Asked Questions
Need help? Feeling unsure about anything regarding the volunteering route of CDM? Please come and see Liz Gulliver in the NUSU Activities Office or email email@example.com. If you have a question regarding any of the other routes or would like more information on the methods of assessment for any of the routes, please contact the Careers department.