Aim: The aim of this assignment is to prepare you for the graduate labour market by ensuring you can articulate the skills, knowledge and aptitudes necessary for the specific work placement you will be required to apply for. It will prepare you for making successful applications to employers or clients and establishing yourself firmly for early career development. Use 2 references off the ford.com/careers website. Applying for the finance sector for the Ford placement vacancy. Analysis of Work Placement Vacancy (30%) Using the work placement vacancy available at the end of the document, study the skills and experiences required for this position and compare them to the skills and experiences you already possess. You must outline how you intend to close this gap. NOTE ACTION:a) You must state clearly which skills and experiences are outlined in the advertisement.b) You are required to critically evaluate the skills and experiences this employer is looking for and compare these to your current skills and experiences.c) You must outline your plans to address the gaps between the skills and experiences required for this position and the ones you already possess.No more than two A4 pages for the above 3 points. My skills-Communication skillsTime management skillsteam working skillsMotivational skillscustomer service skillswillingness to improve, self confidence, use of initiativeIT literate and problem solving skillsCompany knowledge and passion Skills not gained-LeadershipCreativity Reflection (50%) A written reflective essay of 300 words on the importance of the goals you have set and your stepping-stones to achieve them. NOTE ACTION:Once you have identified your needs for the specific work placement you should set SMART goals to achieve them.a) 2 short term goals (up to level 6)b) 2 medium term goals (up to your graduation)c) 2 long term goals (up to 2 years post-graduation) Short term goals-Find placement or internship within the accounting/finance sector for the summer.Finish my second year with at least a 2.1.Medium term goals-Progress of different work experiences in-between up to my graduation accounting/finance related.Prepare for ACCA.Long term-Find a graduate job in the accounting sector.Open my own business. Assignment 2: Marking CriteriaWork Placement Vacancy (30 Marks in total) Identify the skills the employer is looking for (5 Marks) Critically evaluate these skills against the skills you already possess (10 Marks) Plan to close the gap between these skillsets (15 Marks) Reflection (50 Marks in total) SMART Goals identified (10 Marks) Clear action plan aligned to the goals (20 Marks) Critical analysis (20 Marks) Job advert: Salary: ?19,500 pro rataLocation: South EastJob start date: Application close date: 14 January 2016Employer:FordJob Type:Work placementSectors:Advertising / Public Relations, Customer Service, Engineering, Human Resources, Computing & IT, Management, Manufacturing and Production, Marketing, Sales, Science & Technology, Environmental, Finance, Buying & MerchandisingDate posted: 19 November 2015Placements with Ford Motor CompanyFord Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn (Michigan, US), manufactures or distributes vehicles across six continents. With about 166,000 employees and about 65 plants worldwide, the UK is one of our most important markets outside the US, where we employ around 13,000 individuals. We are now looking for talented individuals to undertake 12-month paid work placements as part of our business placement program starting early March 2016 in the following areas: Product Development (Engineering)Your placement with Ford will enhance your understanding of how a successful global organisation works. Using cutting-edge technology and techniques for communication and engineering as part of your daily business as well as understanding how Ford utilises its global team to enhance its business. ManufacturingThe Ford Powertrain Operations Manufacturing Engineering team is truly global, you will find yourself working with engineers across the world, but primarily throughout Europe. The work is challenging, interesting and varied and depending on your placement, there may be the opportunity to travel to many European locations. Marketing, Sales & ServiceFord is one of the strongest and most recognised brands in the world. In the UK, we continue to be market leader, having held this position for over 25 years. But we re never complacent and are always looking for new talent with fresh ideas. Marketing, Sales and Service professionals help to create the essential bonds between our company, our Dealers and our customers. ITFrom your first day with us you will be working with IT and business colleagues from all over the world to help build, implement and enhance IT solutions. During your placement you will build on the knowledge and skills gained throughout your degree at University. QualityThe Quality organisation works closely with our Product Development and Manufacturing skill teams who are committed to continuously improving our products. Your placement with Ford will lead to a development in your understanding of how Quality is delivered in a technology driven, global business. To find out more about working at Ford please visit www.ford.co.uk/careers You will need to be able to demonstrate: knowledge and passion about our business and our customers a drive for continuous improvement ability to build strong relationships and be a team player excellent communication skills a can do, find a way, attitude a positive approach and ability to inspire others experience of delivering high quality work to deadlines creativity, initiative, diplomacy, self-motivation and self confidence These opportunities with Ford will enhance your understanding of how a successful global corporation works, gaining an insight into your chosen discipline and developing both personal and professional skills that will be of benefit to you in your future career.