How does AA for Master's work?
AA is an online course which means you can participate at times that suit you and work at your own pace. Within each module is a series of units. We suggest you start with ‘Introduction to AA’ and ‘Lifelong Learning’ as these are designed to help you understand how AA works and settle into postgraduate study. After starting a module, we recommend that you complete the units in order, but the course is designed to be flexible to your needs so if you'd rather just dip into certain units, you can do this too.
Many large UK organisations and PhD programmes will recruit between October and December so you may want to do some of the very practical modules on how to do your CV and interviews to line up with this timeline.
The AA Avatars
The content in AA has been developed to be interactive and engaging. Alongside you as students, taking the course are a set of digital personae, or the AA Avatars. These are representations of Imperial students (they are not real) that have been created to help describe elements of the course. These avatars identify skills, apply for jobs, and start work as they progress through AA. Click here to meet them.
Throughout AA we encourage you to reflect on the experiences you have and keep a log of these in your Plan: Me. This is the decision-making tool, used by the Careers Service, which incorporates skills development and reflection to help you track your progress as you move through the course. To try out the course and learn more about the process of reflection try the first few slides of the ‘Reflection’ unit.
Half of the AA short course gives you practical tips on how to navigate the job hunting and interview processes. As well as the personae we give you content to explore such as the activities you might expect at an Assessment Centre, or activities like the Interview Question Generator. These are just extracts from the course, so enrol now to find out more.