Career Development Sessions
Below is a list of typical workshop sessions. Staff can also adapt for bespoke requirements.
Looking for Part-time Work?
This workshop will explore how to seek out part-time job opportunities either on or off campus. We will focus on where to source advertised jobs, as well as how to make the most of social media, speculative applications and recruitment agencies to help you find the right opportunity. Part-time work not only provides financial benefits but can also develop key employability skills and widen your network of contacts.
Considering Postgraduate Study?
This workshop will look at the value of postgraduate study, the different types of postgraduate study routes available (taught and research), where to find opportunities, application procedures and sources of funding.
This interactive workshop is a great opportunity to understand how employers use Psychometric tests to get a sense of your personality and abilities. These tests are increasingly used as part of online applications to determine your suitability before your application is progressed further. The tests give employers an insight into why you chose to apply to them and allow you to demonstrate key competencies they seek such as communication, decision-making or problem-solving and team working.
Job hunting that works
Find out about the range of places where jobs are advertised, from part-time to graduate level opportunities. Many jobs are never actually advertised in the traditional sense, and are obtained through networking or social media. This workshop will look at how you can use creative job search techniques to tap into the ‘hidden’ jobs market, including useful social media websites.
How Social Media and LinkedIn can aid your Career and Job Search
Social media’s here and here to stay! Find out how the effective use of social media can help you to find opportunities and keep up you to date with the latest news in the sector you are interested in, whilst also developing your professional (online) identity. Get an insight into how to use platforms such as Twitter, Blogs, Flickr and in particular LinkedIn, to name a few in this interactive workshop.
This is a practical workshop looking at how to put together a strong application. The session will cover content, layout and how to sell your skills in an application, whether on paper or online. We will cover applications for part-time work as well graduate level jobs and application tips for postgraduate study.
Preparing for Job interviews
This participative workshop will look at how you can best prepare for job interviews. We will offer suggestions on how to research employers and organisations, and how to handle difficult interview questions. If you worry about interviews and need help to build up your confidence with practical exercises, this workshop is for you.
Preparing for an assessment centre
Do you want to find out more about what happens at an assessment centre. A variety of recruiters are increasingly using more sophisticated recruitment activities including group tasks, presentations psychometric tests and in-tray exercises. Come along to find out more about what to expect if you are invited to an assessment day.
This workshop will focus on the different types of CVs, content and layout.
How do you stand out from the crowd in a competitive job market? Personal branding links your passions, key personal attributes and strengths with your value to an employer. Learn how to highlight your unique selling points and tick the right boxes with prospective employers.
Myers Briggs personality profiling
Are you a big picture person or do you prefer detail? How do you make decisions? Ever wonder why you struggle with routine and are more productive when a deadline is looming? This session will introduce the Myers Briggs Type Indicator, a personality profiling tool that is used in organisations worldwide to improve the effectiveness of communication, team working, decision making and problem solving. It is a powerful tool to help you understand yourself, the impact you have on others and how different personality styles and preferences can work together in complementary ways.
Emotional Intelligence is the ability to assess and control your emotions and to recognise emotions of others and be able to adapt to use this knowledge to be a success in your career or social life. Emotional Intelligence is a key ability that all employers look for in graduates and a high level of EQ is essential in achieving a successful career. The practical beginner session will introduce you to the concepts of EQ.
Selling your skills
If you want to apply for a job or placement, or want to update your CV, you need to know what your skills and strengths are so that you can talk about them to employers. Find out how to do this more effectively.
Do you know what you want to do in the future? Whether you are someone who has a clear idea or not, this session will give you practical ideas about what next steps you can take to move forward and maximise your chances of securing a fulfilling career in the future.