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A note from a Career Ahead Student

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Career Ahead Award offered at the University of Cumbria has been created for students to really think about the skills we have developed previously and what type of work we want to enter in to. It is there to make students think about their life after university. What job would you like to enter into and what do you need to do to achieve this? It has three tiers to it – Bronze, Silver and Gold. Each one bounces off the previous and gives you an insight into the person you are and the things you have done in your life that have created transferable skills. Starting at Bronze, you just need to have a think about your skills in life and try your hand at some career planning, Silver is about creating a tailored CV for the job you wish to enter and Gold is you actually applying for this position! It is easily accessed through Blackboard and has tutorials guiding you though all three awards with the added benefit (which can be put on your CV!) of certificates to confirm completion of each. You can do this at any time and in any year, so give it a go!

Anna Mistry – Third Year English BA (Hons)

 

If you are interested in completing the Career Ahead award, you can find out more at http://www.cumbria.ac.uk/careerahead

Extracurricular activities and why you should do them

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In the Career Ahead award it asks you to participate in and reflect on extracurricular activities. They are important. Not just as part of student life but going forward. So… this is my huge list of why you should partake in them.

  • Getting out and trying new things is good for you, even if you decide that a particular activity isn’t for you!
  • Meet people and networking. You never know what sort of interesting people you might meet: a new friend, someone who you may end up working with, a date for your house mate
  • Self-development, you are showing people that you spend time on yourself – you’re independent, you’re willing to learn and you’re open minded
  • Developing employable attributes and strengths like leadership, self-motivation and perseverance
  • Evidence for your attributes and strengths that can be used on a CV or interview situations that will be different and more interesting to those who don’t do extracurricular activities
  • They can generate great anecdotes for social occasions or can be used in presentations and interviews
  • Gain more knowledge, you never know when it might come in useful – even if it is in a pub quiz
  • Keep fit/active with sports and learn key-skills like team work
  • A change from day to day life
  • See the world, travel
  • Getting creative, help your mind develop new ways of thinking
  • Improve yourself, if you can already do something do it better – like a different style of cuisine or become more proficient at a language
  • An outlet for stress
  • Keep your brain sharp – metal agility keeps you young
  • Campaign and have your say with political and action groups
  • Get the feel-good-factor by raising money for a charity/charities you feel passionate about
  • Getting to know people in your community and local neighbourhood
  • Volunteer – it’ll make you feel great about yourself and the things that can be achieved
  • Extracurricular activitiesRight, here is my favourite reason to do Extracurricular Activities… This is a reasonably old picture of Sergey Brine and Larry Page, who are two guys that meet at university because one of them was a Student Ambassador. They went on to found Google.

 

 

Written by Sarah Burrough, available for all your guest blogging needs!

TEDx is coming to the University of Cumbria!

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TEDx, an independently organised TED event, is coming to Carlisle for one night only!

Tickets available on the UoC TEDx website here.

 

The Theme

For the first ever University of Cumbria TEDx event the theme ‘Progression’ has been chosen, this ties in nicely with university life and can have a broad interpretation. Expect talks on career progression, the progression of ideas and much more. The event speakers really have had some great ideas on what progression means to them and the world.

 

The Speakers:

  • Andy Beeforth – Chief Executive Cumbria Community foundation
  • Jacqui Filkins – Honoury Fellow, advisor to EU on health matters – Sustainability Strategies.
  • Brenda Crossley – Graduate – Aging & Adapting With Technology.
  • Nathan Roberts – Zoo Keeper – Conservation and Effective Communication.
  • Phillip Wilson – Musician. Making Music Accessible For All.
  • Annie Weir – Self-published creative writing graduate – Age Is Not A Barrier.

Developing a great line-up for this event has been tough, there are just so many talented people with great ideas! There will be something for everyone with six super talented speakers all with unique ideas to share from varied backgrounds. Be sure to check out the event blog here for updates on speakers with details about them and their talks.

 

When

Thursday 5th May 2016 at 18.30 until 21.30

 

Where

The event will be held in the University of Cumbria’s Fusehill Street campus close to the centre of Carlisle in the Learning Gateway Lecture Theatre.

University of Cumbria, Fusehill Street, Carlisle, CA1 2HH

 

Tickets

A ticket must be purchased to ensure attendance. Just to make it even harder to resist temptation you will get a free beer and a burger with each ticket. Now that’s food for thought…

Tickets are £8.49 per person (including booking fees)

Tickets available on the UoC TEDx website here.

 

 

About TEDx, x = independently organized event
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

Find out more on the TED website.

New to TED? Here’s 11 must see TED talks.

 

This event is being organised by Ben Parker (University of Cumbria Events Management Student)

 

Career Ahead Showcase Week!

Next week is ‘Career Ahead Showcase Week’ in Lancaster, from 16th-20th March.

Don’t miss out on your chance to find out about teaching, nursing, volunteering, summer work and part-time jobs, as well as graduate internships and a range of other graduate employment opportunities! Check out our programme of events below!

The week timetable

An Introduction to Career Ahead

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What is Career Ahead?

It’s an employability award run by the University of Cumbria which enables you to develop your employability skills to get a good job when you graduate. You complete the award in your own time online through PebblePad, and it is a way to evidence your extra-curricular activity while at University.

Why should I complete the Career Ahead award?

Employers want graduates with good employability skills. They don’t just look at your degree; they want to find the candidate with the best skills for the job. According to High Flyers: “new graduates who’ve not had any work experience during their time at university have little or no chance of landing a well-paid job”. Career Ahead allows you to evidence the skills you already have, develop those skills that you want to develop, crate effective employability tools such as cv and cover letter writing skills, interview skills and allows access to free workshops, both face-to-face and online. In short, Career Ahead enables you to be job ready when you graduate.

So what do I have to do?

The award is broken down into three elements: Bronze, Silver and Gold. Bronze relates to personal development – completing a skills audit and a reflective diary to identify your career goals and skills gaps. Silver relates to skills development – you develop four employability skills, and undertake 100 hours of extra-curricular activity, as well as two online employability workshops. You also create a reflective diary of your progress in your web folio. Gold relates to career management and enables you to search for the job you want, create a targeted CV and cover letter or application form, and develop your web folio to evidence all your activity. Once you have completed and passed all 3 elements you will also have the chance to take part in a mock interview with an employer.

What workshops are available?

Some of the options include leadership, teambuilding, applications and CVs, interview skills, personal branding and mentoring.

What do I get at the end of the course?

Upon completion you will receive a University of Cumbria certificate, as well as having your web-folio evidencing your progress, skills and experience. Most importantly though you will have gained the skills you need to get the job you want!

What next?

Once you have completed the bronze silver and gold elements you can undertake the platinum award – you will complete and extra 50 hours of extra-curricular activity, mentor a bronze or silver student, as well as submitting a reflective diary of your progress. You will also get the chance to organise an event, share a skill, complete a placement or start up your own student enterprise!

Interested?

If you would like to find out more you can take a look at the Career Ahead areas on Blackboard – the University’s BlackBoard site – click on Jobs & Careers at the top of the page when you log in, then click on the Career Ahead tab.
You can also email careerahead@cumbria.ac.uk to ask advice, find out more and to register onto the award.

 

New Career Ahead templates now available!

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The Careers Team have launched a range of new templates which will allow you to easily access the Career Ahead Award.

In order to make sure that all students can easily access the Career Ahead Award and improve their career prospects, the Careers Team are creating a range of new templates which you can download and fill in in Microsoft Word. All you have to do once you have completed the relevant section of the award is to send your submission to careerahead@cumbria.ac.uk.

The Bronze Award is available to complete now – why not start your Career Ahead award today?

Be Career Ahead today for a brighter tomorrow!

The Career Ahead award is only available to current University of Cumbria students, please ensure you include your student number on your submission so we can verify your status as a student. It doesn’t matter what year you are currently in, you can work at a pace to suit you! Fit your award in around your studies and other commitments – or why not work on it over the summer?

The careers team are holding Q & A sessions on Tuesday 6 May in Carlisle and on Wednesday 7 May in Lancaster, so if you have any questions or need help completing any part of the award, come along and have a chat with the careers team!

More information about the Career Ahead Employability Award is available on the website.

U Stand Out – UCSU Event this week!

U STAND OUT – UCSU OPPORTUNITIES CONFERENCE

The Careers team will be at the U Stand Out event this week, offering workshops on CVs and Applications, and Personal Branding. There is also the opportunity to meet local employers, and to find out what employers look for in graduates. You could chat to them about graduate opportunities and placements as well!

The current job market is extremely competitive, and having a good degree is not necessarily enough to secure employment. Our U Stand Out conference is all about bringing you opportunities to think ahead, and build an impressive portfolio that will make you stand out in front of potential employers. We’re offering a variety of workshops which will allow you to meet employers, build your leadership skills, start thinking about personal branding and much more.

CARLISLE – Wednesday 26th February, Learning Gateway, Fusehill Street, 10am – 4pm.

View the full event line up HERE.

LANCASTER – Friday 28th February, Alexandra Building, 10am – 4pm.

View the full event line up HERE.

Please pre-book your desired workshop sessions HERE. This will secure a place as although spaces may still be available on the day, this cannot be guaranteed as rooms have limited capacity.

There will also be a variety of exhibitors offering you exciting opportunities which will help enhance your CV and boost your employability.

 

(This article is from the UCSU page here: http://www.ucsu.me/ustandout)

A busy week ahead for the careers team!!

This week is going to be pretty busy in the careers team – there’s the U Stand Out event that the UCSU are running, that’s on Wednesday in Carlisle and Friday in Lancaster. There are also the CV Drop-ins, those are Wednesday morning in Lancaster and Thursday afternoon in Carlisle. And! There is also a Career Ahead workshop taking place in both Carlisle and Lancaster on Tuesday evening!

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Phew! We’ll need a holiday after all that! 

I’m planning a post all about the U Stand Out event later this week, so watch this space for that – there’s going to be loads of workshops, stands and events running throughout the day.

Today I just wanted to remind you all about the Career Ahead award. You may remember that back in December I published ‘An Introduction to Career Ahead‘, and also an interview with one of our Career Ahead students, Sam (who now writes a monthly post for us – first Monday of the month so watch out for it!!).

The workshop that is running this week is a quick overview of the award, what you need to do etc, as well as a little bit about graduate skills. We will also be able to show you how to sign up on PebblePad (it’s really easy – promise!), and show you where you can find everything on there and on Blackboard too!

The Career Ahead workshops are on Tuesday evening, 4.15 to 5.15 at both Lancaster and Fusehill Street campuses. The Lancaster workshop will be in room HB9 and the Fusehill Street workshop will be in room LG102. Feel free to bring along anyone you think might be interested too!

An interview with Sam, a Career Ahead student

Did Monday’s Career Ahead post interest you? Want to find out what the course is like? We interviewed Sam Curran, a final year teaching student here at the University of Cumbria – he tells us all about the award and how it has helped improve his career prospects.

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Hello Sam! Why not tell us a bit about yourself, your course and your ambitions – let us get to know you!
My name is Sam Curran and I am a final year secondary maths teaching student at the University of Cumbria. I am 20 years old and from Darlington in the North East of England. I have quite a cosmopolitan mixture of ancestries: Italian, English, Irish, French, Scottish and Austrian. I enjoy playing football and sports in general and I am an ardent follower of Manchester United. In addition, I also enjoy cycling and reading.  My main ambition in life is just to be happy and fulfilled and have a career of some constitution in education.

What made you decide to undertake the Career Ahead award?
With over half of school leavers now going to University and obtaining a degree, I knew that I had to do something to differentiate myself from the crowd. A degree is a valuable platform for any vocation but the supplementary and extra-curricular activities you do can really show employers a lot about you as a person. This is the main reason that I opted to do Career Ahead, as I knew it would give me that little something extra to improve my employability. However, the multi-faceted nature of the award also appealed to me- it is very personalised and you can gain and develop a plethora of skills when completing the award.

How has the award improved your employability?
The award had a strong vocational focus: it helped me tailor and adapt my skills to suit a job application. I felt more proactive when doing the portfolio- it motivated me with my work and also inspired me to undertake a thorough self-audit of my skills and explore further avenues of professional development such as taking a Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) course. It has given me a multitude of transferable skills such as self-initiative, organisation and interpersonal qualities.

How did the mock interview prepare you for future jobs?
The mock interview aspect of the award was a fantastic simulation of applying for a real job, and it felt very realistic. The assessors gave me some very constructive and helpful feedback on both my portfolio and interview manner and presentation. This will prove invaluable in my search for a job in education as I now have a good idea of the attributes that employers are looking for. Without Career Ahead, I would never have got that opportunity.

What have you learned about yourself?
All throughout my life, I have never had much confidence in myself. I never thought that I was a leader in any respect. However, by documenting all the examples of leadership I had shown in the Career Ahead e-portfolio, it made me realise that I actually was a natural leader; I just never thought that I was. This was quite emotional for me and gave me a big boost of confidence. Putting down all the things I had done made me realise that, whilst I have done a few things, I still need to keep striving to get the best possible life for myself. Furthermore, I realised my ability in English through composing and completing the award. I had always though of myself as being good at maths and nothing else, but I learnt I had some literacy acumen, I had just taken it for granted in the past. This could open some doors for me in life.

I credit Career Ahead for giving me the motivation to carry on through some tough and testing times at University.

Sam is currently offering his proofreading skills to University of Cumbria students. He has proofread professionally for the last 2 years and has edited dissertations, undergraduate essays, masters level work and non-native English speakers’ work.

Please email samcurran@live.co.uk for details of cost and for more information.

An Introduction to Career Ahead

graduation - career ahead

What is Career Ahead?
It’s an employability award run by the University of Cumbria which enables you to develop your employability skills to get a good job when you graduate. You complete the award in your own time online through PebblePad, and it is a way to evidence your extra-curricular activity while at University.

Why should I complete the Career Ahead award?
Employers want graduates with good employability skills. They don’t just look at your degree; they want to find the candidate with the best skills for the job. According to High Flyers (2011): “new graduates who’ve not had any work experience during their time at university have little or no chance of landing a well-paid job”. Career Ahead allows you to evidence the skills you already have, develop those skills that you want to develop, crate effective employability tools such as cv and cover letter writing skills, interview skills and allows access to free workshops, both face-to-face and online. In short, Career Ahead enables you to be job ready when you graduate.

So what do I have to do?
The award is broken down into three elements: Bronze, Silver and Gold. Bronze relates to personal development – completing a skills audit and a reflective diary to identify your career goals and skills gaps. Silver relates to skills development – you develop four employability skills, and undertake 100 hours of extra-curricular activity, as well as two online employability workshops. You also create a reflective diary of your progress in your web folio. Gold relates to career management and enables you to search for the job you want, create a targeted CV and cover letter or application form, and develop your web folio to evidence all your activity. Once you have completed and passed all 3 elements you will also have the chance to take part in a mock interview with an employer.

What workshops are available?
Some of the options include leadership, teambuilding, applications and CVs, interview skills, personal branding and mentoring.

What do I get at the end of the course?
Upon completion you will receive a University of Cumbria certificate, as well as having your web-folio evidencing your progress, skills and experience. Most importantly though you will have gained the skills you need to get the job you want!

What next?
Once you have completed the bronze silver and gold elements you can undertake the platinum award – you will complete and extra 50 hours of extra-curricular activity, mentor a bronze or silver student, as well as submitting a reflective diary of your progress. You will also get the chance to organise an event, share a skill, complete a placement or start up your own student enterprise!

Interested?
If you would like to find out more you can:
Come along to the Introduction to Career Ahead presentation today at the Fusehill Street campus (room LG101) at 4.15 pm.
Take a look at the Career Ahead areas on the University’s website or on BlackBoard (at the top of the page when you log in).
Email mailto: careerahead@cumbria.ac.uk to ask advice, find out more or register onto the award.