Open Educational Resources for Career Development and Career Development Professionals
Below is a useful list of OERs for our sector. If you enjoy undertaking structured free online learning via OERs, you might be interested in the accredited OU module, YXM130, Make your learning count. I teach on this module, so I will be upfront here about that point first of all! I really value that the module gives the opportunity for learners to reflect on and draw together their OER learning. It's a simple introductory level module that can act as a refresher if you've not studied for a while or can act as a good bridge into study - so of value to both you and your clients. It starts annually in October. If you live in Scotland and earn under £25k, you can apply for a part-time fee grant and study the module for free.
FutureLearn: Create a Professional Online Appearance
Using social media to create and manage your online appearance.
OpenLearn: Skills for Study
A useful collection of study skills focused OERs, for those starting higher level study for the first time, or returning after a break.
OpenLearn: Developing career resilience
OpenLearn: Careers education and guidance
This course considers the complexity of social justice as applied to education and reflects on the different purposes of, and value ascribed to, education in different countries and cultures. It discusses different conceptions of 'justice' and the distinction between equity and equality.
OpenLearn Developing high trust work relationships
Learn about trust in the organisational context. Course covers: developing high trust work relationships, introduces the concept of trust, what it means to you and how it may affect your organisation.
OpenLearn Challenging ideas in mental health
Challenging ideas in mental health, invites you to think differently about life's dilemmas by taking account of the views of all concerned, especially people experiencing mental distress. It explores ideas and practice in mental health, and will appeal to a wide range of people.
OpenLearn Facilitating group discussions
Gain an insight into facilitating meetings and discussions in the workplace. In this free course, Facilitating group discussions, you will look at some of the behaviours effective facilitators exhibit. Informative and engaging videos will introduce you to examples of facilitation in practice.
An introductory course for anyone considering changing jobs, wondering how to move up the ladder or return to work after a break, and those who might be looking to aspire to better things.
This link will take you direct to the courses on Career Development. These are very short courses (often taking just one hour) that may be a good starting point to engage a client with OERs.
Three Online Learning modules developed to support the continuing professional development of those working in careers education, information, advice and guidance in their understanding and use of labour market information and intelligence.
ACAS: Learning Online
Another course you might wish to recommend to clients - if you do, it's wise to complete it yourself first, to see what it covers.
FutureLearn: Caring for Vulnerable Children (University of Strathclyde)
Other Useful Websites
Skills Development Scotland
The Career Development Institute (The CDI)
The Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Service (AGCAS)