The Employability Forum is aimed at Plymouth University staff with each workshop focusing on a different topic as outlined below.
Staff are invited to book attendance via the above link - please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Supporting the personal development of female students (22 February)
The Careers & Employability Service have invested in the Sprint programme, a four-day personal development programme for undergraduate and postgraduate women aimed at raising aspiration, confidence and motivation and improving decision making and career opportunities.
This workshop will introduce you to Sprint, and explore the benefits and the challenges of delivering a programme aimed specifically at undergraduate women only. We will share what we discovered from our pilot programme with STEM undergraduates in November 2016, and you will hear from some of the Sprint participants about the impact of the programme for them.
A student perspective on extra-curricular enterprise impact (29 March)
The purpose of this workshop is to analyse Plymouth University’s provision of student support in developing their entrepreneurial knowledge, skills and experience outside of the taught curriculum. Co-curricular and extra-curricular activities and opportunities that develop students’ entrepreneurial and employability skills are increasingly important in developing graduates that fulfil the needs of the highly competitive employment market. Students need to be equipped with wide-ranging entrepreneurial skills and experiences. Due to the crucial role small- and medium-sized businesses play in the health of the UK economy, providing graduates with the skills to start-up their own business or act entrepreneurially within a business is increasingly valuable.
We will hear directly from current students and recent graduates that have been involved in extra-curricular and entrepreneurial opportunities available through the University, the impact that has had on their student experience, employability, and entrepreneurial skills and what this means to them. Extra-curricular enterprise activities have been identified as beneficial in supporting in class learning and encouraging student’s enterprise knowledge, skills and experience.
The University approach will be provided, where several different departments join together to provide a journey from awareness of entrepreneurship right through to setting up and running a business. We will present data on the levels of engagement with each aspect of our entrepreneurial extra-curricular activity, barriers to engagement, and the latest survey of student and graduate start-ups in our business incubator. The session will conclude with lessons learned and the way forward.
Alumni engagement in the curriculum (26 April)
This interactive workshop will showcase alumni engagement best practice from within the University. From industrial panels, to maintaining links with alumni, guest lectures and alumni interviewing students about projects in their capacity as external experts, alumni engagement is an integral part of these programmes.
Learn how recent collaboration with the Alumni Engagement Team has enabled the Civil Engineering team to leverage even greater value from alumni engagement through case studies to support student recruitment. Hear feedback from students and alumni who have been part of the programme of engagement, which demonstrates the benefits of alumni engagement in the curriculum. Finally, benefit from hearing from the Alumni Engagement Team and Careers & Employability Service who will share top tips on how to get started with alumni engagement. Explore the support available for engaging alumni in your delivery, from the Plymouth Connect online platform to case studies and communications with alumni.