IA40500 Entrepreneurial Career Plan

Academic Year 2019/2020

Building on the experience gained in the Creative Thinking & Innovation and Entrepreneurial Thinking modules, participants will be given the opportunity to apply their skills and thinking in their chosen professional environment, through career coaching, personal development of skill sets and future planning which will lead to directly deriving value from their field of interest. Participants will develop their own personal career or venture plan which is aimed at creating momentum behind career aspirations and new ventures before the programme is completed.

Participants will be introduced to peer-coaching techniques which will enable them to create self-formed teams to plan, develop and apply their learnings to their chosen fields. Participants must have successfully completed the Creative Thinking & Innovation and Entrepreneurial Thinking modules to access this module.

This module is run as part of the Graduate Certificate in Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Enterprise

UCD Innovation Academy

At the UCD Innovation Academy, we are a group of Educator Practitioners with extensive real-world experience as academics, educators, business and social entrepreneurs, tech thinkers, creative professionals and design thinking practitioners.

We take an action-oriented approach to learning, with a combination of individual, group and class tasks and activities, including discussions, presentations and reflection. All of our teaching is grounded in academic rigor, but our focus is on learning by doing in a real-world context.

**Enrolment in an Innovation Academy module means a commitment to active participation and engagement, which necessitates attendance at all scheduled classes.**


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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module participants should be able to:

• further expand their personal networks
• apply their prior learning to planning for their future careers and ventures
• redevelop their CV and perform to a high standard in interviews
• reflect on both the process and outcome of the skills developed over the previous modules and reflect on failures, improvements and opportunities
• coach each other and create self-formed teams to drive new ventures and projects forwards

Indicative Module Content:

Networking - Finding your community
Resilience and Vulnerability as key entrepreneurial factors
Reimagining your CV
Financial Planning for start ups & Alternative Revenue Streams
Voice & Performance coaching for interviews
How to use LinkedIn so it works for you
Mind your own business - how to survive in the current climate
How to pivot within your sector
The Realistic optimist
Creating an action plan and accountability

With talks from organisations such as:
Microfinance Ireland
Enterprise Ireland
Southside Partnership
UCD Careers Service

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Small Group


Conversation Class


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
All Innovation Academy modules take a learning by doing approach, combining, individual, group and team activities, tasks and projects including presentations, discussion and reflection:

Active/task-based learning
Peer and group work
Reflective learning
Enquiry & problem-based learning
Student presentations
Guest Speakers

Classes will be delivered in the Virtual Classroom using a number of different on-line tools including Brightspace Virtual Classroom and ZOOM, together with other interactive online tools. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
IA40110 - Creativity & Innovation, IA40260 - Entrepreneurial Thinking

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Continuous Assessment: This module requires active engagement, requiring attendance at ALL scheduled classes (80% attendance is required to pass this component) and completion of assigned tasks and presentations. Throughout the Trimester n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale Yes


Assignment: Reflection Report Throughout the Trimester n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale Yes


Presentation: Presentation of Demonstrated Actions and Plan Throughout the Trimester n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale Yes


Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
In-Module Resit Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Peer review activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback will be given to students upon request. This will include feedback based on their participation throughout the module and their deliverables.

Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.  

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