Career Management

Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Career Management

  • Host University

    Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona

  • Location

    Barcelona, Spain

  • Area of Study

    Business Administration, Entrepreneurship, Management

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Advanced level of English Tech savvy

    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview


    This course aims to enable students to find their place in the labor market by developing the appropriate competencies and promoting the right attitudes and behavior at work. This ongoing process embraces some subprocesses such as self-awareness, career exploration, career planning, continuous learning, and managing networking. The program takes a holistic view of the individual within a dynamic economy. Managing life trajectories in a global world demands agility, creativity, tech-savvy, teamwork, emotional intelligence, cultural awareness, flexibility, analytical skills, and critical thinking. Those are some of the competencies which will be developed along this course. In the context of Business, students will work on their personal marketing plan and their blogs. Therefore, participants will learn how to make a marketing plan to place themselves into the labor market through efficient personal branding techniques. The methodology promotes introspection, analytical and critical thinking, giving and receiving feedback from classmates and the professor, and teamwork. This is a course all students should take to clarify their career choices and to develop their resources to accomplish both their personal and professional goals.

    Learning Outcomes 

    1. Develop creative potential.
    2.  Appraise the personal and professional profile with the help of team members, acquaintances, and friends.
    3. Define the objectives within the life-trajectories paradigm making the right choices, solving problems, and developing critical thinking.
    4.  Formulate a marketing plan enhancing the tech-savvy aspect.
    5.  Develop the skills to handle job interviews with success.
    6. Differentiate your brand in every promotional tool: résumé, bio, video curriculum, cover letters, blogs, and social networks.
    7. Manage their networking to build bonds.
    8. Explore the market and the occupation trends related to each participant’s choice.
    9. Improve emotional intelligence in uncertain, diverse, flexible, and cross-cultural environments.
    10. Become a responsible leader or entrepreneur with ethics, excellence, initiative, influence, accountability, tolerance to frustration, and optimism; using communication as the basic tool.

    Teaching Methodology

    This course is student-centered and designed to engage them in learning about career development and global competence, with an emphasis upon reflection on learning “in action” while studying abroad. Instructional methods include lectures, in-class discussions,experiential exercises, case studies, technical notes and readings, questionnaires, multimedia resources, role-plays, guest speakers, and active class participation.

    The course combines techniques from organizational psychology, coaching, and mentoring.

    The instructor will work closely which each student.

    The professor enhances networking within the classroom as an essential tool for the student’s professional development.

    Grading includes a self-assessment to be done during the last day of class in a face-to-face performance appraisal interview with the professor, filling out a form uploaded in SAM, and a hard copy delivered by the instructor.

    Assessment Criteria 

    The instructor will use numerous differentiated assessment forms to calculate students’ final grades for this course. For the record, these are listed and weighted below. The content, criteria, and specific requirements for each assessment category will be explained in greater detail in class. In addition, your work and behavior in this course must fully conform to the regulations of the UAB Academic Policy to which you are subject.

    • Work in class*20%
    • Blog (learning journey) 20%
    • Final Presentation 60%


    Recommended reading:

    • Buckingham, M., & Goodall, A. (2019). Nine lies about work. Boston, MA, 2019, 142.
    • Buckingham, M., & Goodall, A. (2019). The feedback fallacy. Harvard Business Review, 97(2), 92-101.
    • Burkus, D. (2018). Friend of a Friend...: Understanding the Hidden Networks that Can Transform Your Life and Your Career. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
    • Clark, D. (2021). The Long Game: How to be a Long-term Thinker in a Short-term World. Harvard Business Press.
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    • Gregersen, H. (2018). Questions are the Answer: A Breakthrough Approach to Your Most Vexing Problems at Work and in Life. HarperCollins.
    • McGrath, R. (2019). Seeing Around Corners: How to Spot Inflection Points in Business Before They Happen. Houghton Mifflin.
    • Phillips, C. (2018). Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges. Career Planning and Adult Development Journal, 34(3), 44.
    • Scott, A. (2018). Planning for a 100-Year Life. Sinek, S. (2019). Find your why. Gramedia Pustaka Utama.
    • Watkins, M. D. (2019). Master Your Next Move, with a New Introduction: The Essential Companion to" The First 90 Days". Harvard Business Press.

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