Research and Practice (Lecture 6)

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What Graduate Employers Want

Good Communication

  • How clearly you convey your idea
  • Ability to listen to others
  • Build rapport (make communication with each other)
  • Persuade and negotiate

Effective Leadership and Management

  • The potential to motivate and direct others in order to achieve common objectives

Planning and Research Skills

  • Come up with a suitable strategy and plan of action
  • Seek out relevant information from various sources
  • Analyse, interpret and report these findings

Teamwork and Interpersonal Skills

  • Your individual contribution towards achieving common goals

Self-management

  • Successfully directing your work towards objectives
  • Prioritising your duties
  • Working well under pressure
  • Managing your time effectively (time management)
  • Flexible, resilient and can be trusted
  • Taking on new learning and challenges
  • Reflecting (look at yourself and think about it)

Relevant Work Experience

  • Be resourceful in gaining the type of experience that employers are after
  • In some sectors, such as media and the arts, it is necessary to network and make speculative job applications
  • Benefits: develop skills, familiarity with behaviour in the workplace, make contact, build a portfolio of evidence to support application

Business Sense

  • Help to make profit

Enhancing your blog

  • Prepare examples as evidence of your skills/competencies
  • Show you can reflect on your personal and professional development – another key employability skill
  • Close your skills gap
  • Watch your digital footprint
  • Research roles and organizations very carefully
  • A positive attitude is essential. Employers often say they hire for attitude and train for skill.

Demonstrating your skills

  • CV: personal profile
  • Your blog
  • CV: key skills/key strengths/core skills
  • Cover letter
  • LinkedIn
  • Interview

Go to Career Portal and look for some career advice.

Research and Practice (Lecture 5)

Media Independent Research

Subject Databases: find journal articles (i.e. academic magazine), which can be useful for research

screen-shot-2015-04-08-at-14-39-36Locate: search for books/journals which can borrow from library or read online (login to “my account” to renew books)

Centre for Academic Writing (CAW)

  • Check for title/structure of essays and dissertations
  • Proofread
  • Help for reference

Google Scholar: access to scholarly materials

Research and Practice (Lecture 4)

Mobile Technology

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Media Loan Shop

Steps: Book by category → MLS equipment → Choose equipment → Add to basket → Create booking → Select time (only loan for 24hrs,  include weekend on Friday) → Terms and conditions → Verify booking → Submit

* Forward the email to Ady if you want to book longer than 24hrs

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  • Adobe: Premiere Clips/ Spark Post/ Spark Page/ Spark Video/ Photoshop
  • Photo editing: Meitu

Research and Practice (Lecture 2)

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What is good practice of note taking?

  • Write down key points/interesting points (do not try to write everything → waste time)
  • Write down your own ideas (something you agree/disagree or something you do not understand)
  • Allows for doing research after class
  • Use your own method to take notes, e.g. drawing, images, diagrams (good for brainstorm)
  • Audio recording (allows for review after class)
  • Post on PDP to keep all things organise
  • share with others out of the classroom
  • Tags on PDP (clear, easy to find and organised)

Why?

  • can go back for review
  • digital record can avoid loss of information

Research and Practice (Lecture 1)

We have to think about a research topic and the research process as well. Finally we come up with three presentation methods.

Discuss a topic → What is it about? → How to present?

Topic: How the social media change people’s life? (the way to connect with people, how to get information)

Research Process: questionnaire, readings (books, journals), interview (focus group), search online

Presentation Methods: video (short film)/ magazine/ PPT → These are three possible methods, but we think that we need to depend on our research result to decide which method we are going to use.

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Feedback:

  1. topic should avoid too wide (like a cake, we cannot eat the whole cake once a time, so we need to cut it into pieces)signature-cakes-cakebatterconfetti

– Definition

– What social media?

– Change whose life?

2. influence/ effect/ impact/ significance