Career development

Find out about:

  • Unlocking potential
  • How to market yourself
  • Workshops which you can mix and match.

 

Unlocking potential

Consider and clarify your motivators, interests, skills, capabilities and competences

Description

This programme will provide an opportunity to explore what drives and motivates you in the world of work, the full range of your strengths, capabilities and achievements and how these can guide your assessment of opportunities. This exploration will be facilitated by a range of exercises and discussion


This programme consists of:

What do I want?

This offers you the opportunity to look at what 'gets me going' and what 'floats my boat' - What interests and motivates me? What are the drivers and values that underpin these? What fulfils me? What would be my ideal? Edgar Schein's 'Career Anchors' will form a significant element of this work, supported by further tools for review.


Evaluating my strengths

This is an opportunity to take stock of the full range of your strengths, qualities, skills and abilities as well as your achievements. Typically, we underestimate all of these and thus the potential that they represent.

These exercises and discussions will offer you the opportunity to map out a more comprehensive 'picture' of yourself, (from which it would be possible to develop a strong personal profile and CV).


What are the possibilities?

This section gives you the opportunity to explore how you might most effectively move in the direction you wish. The exercises and discussion in this section focus upon key questions such as: 'What is helping me to move in the direction of my goals?' 'What is hindering me achieve what I want?' and, most importantly, 'How can I best make things work for me?'

The work within the three sections will enable you gain:

  • A greater self-awareness as a sound base for making career and job decisions
  • A structured, comprehensive knowledge of your potential on which to base job and career horizons
  • The basis of an action plan to move in the direction you wish
  • Key information to help mould a strong personal profile

Who is this programme suitable for?

All staff.

Marketing yourself

Present your potential to best effect on paper, online and in person - from creating a CV through to performing at your best in assessment and selection processes

Each section below contains information about workshops, individual support and online resources that are available to you. All workshops are modular in format and can be mixed and matched to suit your individual needs.

Preparing your personal profile, CV and application

Success involves not only being fully aware of and conveying your strengths, qualities, skills, and achievements effectively in writing but equally in demonstrating how they will enable you to achieve in the work you are seeking.

Through the activities in this section you will be able to:

  • Construct a personal profile
  • Develop your CV/ Application to align with posts you seek out and are applying for.

Searching for jobs and opportunities

As technology advances and the world of work changes, means of searching for jobs and career opportunities develop.
Activities and events in this section will provide you with the opportunity to discover the options and learn how to access and exploit these tools and methods in the most productive ways.

You will have opportunities to:

  • Evaluate a range of methods and tools for effective job search
  • Build and develop a LinkedIn profile

Preparing for assessment and selection

Assessment and selection methods have developed over time, both in terms of the face to face interview and with the use of other methods to assess competence and potential.

The activities in this section will look at both the face to face interview and other methods frequently used. It will enable you to explore the range of assessment and selection methods that you may encounter and prepare you to engage with these practices effectively.

You will know how to:

  • Understand the purpose of and prepare appropriately for a range of assessment activities used in selection (e.g. presentations, in tray exercises, questionnaires, role play, telephone interviews)
  • Prepare for and engage in face to face interviews in a confident manner  
  • Promote yourself effectively in both interview and other assessment situations

Further development and reinforcement of skills is available through online resources, comprising of articles, tutorials, videos, podcasts, webinars etc.

Workshops

Our workshops are modular in format and can be mixed and matched to suit your individual needs

  • Applying for a new role: constructing effective CVs and application forms

    Half day workshops in all campuses.

    Event outline

    This event is designed to offer individuals the opportunity to focus upon their strengths and achievements to date and how they can convey these most effectively when applying for new roles in the form of a CV or application form.

    Event objectives

    • Build awareness and confidence to enable you to apply for different or similar roles 
    • Develop your CV 
    • Explore the skills required to successfully complete an application form.

    Who should attend?

    Staff who are interested in updating their CVs and applying for new roles.

    This workshop is one of six modules related to 'Marketing Yourself'. You can choose to attend all, or can mix and match according to your individual needs.

    Event facilitators

    Learning & Development Facilitators.

    Learning & Development also offers a CV and Application Form Review service - contact us if you would like more information.

    Booking a place

    Please complete the online Event Booking Form to reserve your place. If you would like further information about this workshop, please contact a member of the Learning and Development Team.

  • Building your LinkedIn profile

    Increase your visibility online and build your professional brand.

    Event outline

    As technology advances and engagement in social media increases, social networks have become more important in finding a new role. An increasing number of organisations and recruiters use LinkedIn to search for potential candidates. If you don't have a LinkedIn profile, or your profile is weak, you won't be found. As they say, "you have to be in it to win it!"  

    This practical, bite-sized workshop will enable you to build or improve your LinkedIn profile to become an effective searchable tool for recruitment opportunities.

    Who should attend?

    Anyone who would like to build or improve their LinkedIn profile.

    Event outcomes

    By the end of this bite-sized workshop you will be able to:

    • Build your LinkedIn profile to promote yourself to prospective employers and recruitment agencies 
    • Raise your online visibility and credibility through your LinkedIn activity
    • Use LinkedIn for job searches
    • Use LinkedIn to develop a network of contacts and keep up to date with your specialist area

    Prerequisites

    All participants are required to have a LinkedIn user name and password in advance of this workshop. Please bring this with you for the practical session.

    If you are new to LinkedIn, it will help you to complete the Up and Running with LinkedIn learning module available from lynda.com before you attend this session.

    Event facilitator

    UCA Learning & Development Facilitators

    Booking a place

    Please complete the online Event Booking Form to reserve your place. If you would like further information about this workshop, please contact a member of the Learning and Development Team.

    Your Transition Toolkit online resources page contains further articles, webinars and videos associated with LinkedIn and other social media.

  • Effective job searching

    Avoiding the Herd! 60 minutes of your time will save you endless hours of trawling through different job sites to find appropriate jobs to suit you.

    Event outline

    As technology advances and the world of work changes, means of searching for jobs and career opportunities develop. Job searching can be a frustrating and prolonged, painful procedure and for many people, it can feel as though they are getting no return for the hours of research and preparation which they have put into their job search.

    This bite-sized workshop explores the most and least fruitful approaches to job searching and provides tips and techniques for using job boards.

    Event objectives

    By the end of this workshop, you should be able to:

    • Identify effective approaches to finding a new job
    • Locate and use the most appropriate job boards to find suitable vacancies

    Who should attend

    Any member of staff who is interested in searching for a new job

    This workshop is one of six modules related to 'Marketing Yourself'. You can choose to attend all, or can mix and match according to your individual needs.

    Event facilitator

    Learning & Development Facilitators

    The Transition Toolkit page contains further articles, webinars and videos.

    Booking a place

    Please complete the online Event Booking Form to reserve your place. If you would like further information about this workshop, please contact a member of the Learning and Development Team.

  • Exploring assessment and selection methods

    A familiarisation with alternative selection techniques that are used in the modern workplace.

    Event outline

    Assessment and selection methods have developed over time, both in terms of the face to face interviews and with the use of other methods to assess competence and potential. These include role plays, psychometric testing, in-tray exercises, skills tests, presentations, teaching demonstrations and group exercises.   

    This bite-sized workshop will enable you to explore the range of assessment and selection methods that you may encounter and prepare you to engage with these practices effectively.

    Event objectives

    By the end of this workshop, you should be able to:

    • Be familiar with a range of different assessment and selection methods
    • Prepare effectively for assessment and selection

    Who should attend

    Any member of staff who is preparing for an assessment and selection process. 

    This workshop dovetails with Preparing for Selection: Interview Techniques and Presentations: Preparing and Presenting and forms the first part of a day devoted to preparing for selection processes. This workshop is also one of six modules related to 'Marketing Yourself'. You can choose to attend all, or can mix and match according to your individual needs.

    Event facilitator

    UCA Learning & Development Facilitators.

    The Your Transition Toolkit contains further articles, webinars and videos associated with selection processes.

    Booking a place

    Please complete the online Event Booking Form to reserve your place. If you would like further information about this workshop, please contact a member of the Learning and Development Team.

  • Presentations: preparing and presenting

    Develop professional presentation techniques as part of an assessment and selection process

    Event outline

    One of the most common activities in assessment and selection processes is a presentation. You may be given a topic to prepare in advance or expected to prepare something on the day, again within a time limit. How you structure an idea, how you communicate this to your audience and how you present yourself are part of the assessment.

    Whenever you give a presentation, it's important that your message is clear, your ideas are transparent, your delivery is confident, and the overall impression is professional. This bite-sized workshop will give you practical tips and techniques in planning a presentation and presenting as part of an assessment and selection process.

    Who should attend?

    Anyone who is required to give a presentation as part of a selection process.

    Event outcomes

    By the end of this bite-sized workshop you will be able to:

    • Use a step by step approach to structure a professional presentation
    • Apply the 'rule of three' to presentation format and delivery
    • Develop techniques for presenting with confidence

    Event facilitator

    UCA Learning & Development Facilitators.

    This workshop dovetails with Preparing for Selection: Exploring Assessment and Selection Methods and Preparing for Selection: Interview Techniques, and forms the second part of a day devoted to preparing for selection processes.

    This workshop is one of six related to 'Marketing Yourself'. You can attend all or can mix and match according to your individual needs.  

    The Your Transition Toolkit page contains further articles, webinars and videos associated with selection processes.

  • Interview techniques

    Bite-size workshops at all campuses

    Event outline

    This bite-size event focuses on the practicalities for preparing for interviews. Attending this event will provide opportunities for participants to practice interview questions in a 'safe' environment and use strategies for handling nerves and difficult moments.

    Event objectives

    • Prepare for interviews with confidence
    • Promote your skills and unique talents
    • Respond to interview questions in a positive and effective manner.

    Who should attend?

    Staff who are preparing for being interviewed as part of an assessment and selection process

    This workshop is one of six modules related to 'Marketing Yourself'. You can choose to attend all, or can mix and match according to your individual needs.

    Event facilitators

    UCA Learning & Development Facilitators.

    Please contact the Learning & Development team if you would like to attend these workshops but are unable to attend on this date.

    Learning & Development also offers a CV and Application Form Review service - contact us if you would like more information.

    Booking a place

    Please complete the online Event Booking Form to reserve your place. If you would like further information about this event, please contact a member of the Learning and Development Team.

Got a question?

Call the Learning and Development Team on 01252 891471 or email them at ldev@ucreative.ac.uk