The Bradford Employability Award – Active Career Planner
Taking part in the award will mean that you will:
commence a series of planned career and professional development activities over one academic year.
learn how to set career goals and implement actions to help achieve those goals.
devise high-quality career development documents that will help you in implementing your plans, for example, CVs, portfolios, personal statements and competency statements on application forms.
gain support and feedback on your career planning activities with opportunities for one-to-one career guidance/coaching to help you clarify your career goals as well as improve your CV and other supporting materials.
How will signing up for the Active Career Planner Award help me?
These are just some of the benefits:
Development of a range of employability* skills – participants should further develop skills in communication, listening, negotiation, planning, time management, networking and commercial awareness as well as overall confidence.
*employability is defined as 'a set of achievements – skills, understandings and personal attributes – that makes graduates more likely to gain employment and be successful in their chosen occupations, which benefits themselves, the workforce, the community and the economy’
Your meetings with a Career Consultant and other advisers can provide practical support in essential areas such as interviews and assessment centres preparation, developing effective presentation skills both on paper (CV, covering letters) and in the practice of one-to-one communication.
Confidence and Self Awareness – meetings with a Career Consultant and/or other Advisers will give you professional support you need to conduct a job search with confidence or make effective postgraduate study applications. With regular, constructive feedback the career guidance/coaching process will enable you to become more self-aware and to know your strengths, your aspirations and your areas for improvement.
Networking – through participating in careers and jobs fairs, meeting potential employers and developing your online profile through LinkedIn, you will develop confidence and experience in networking, helping you to become aware of opportunities in the hidden job market.
How does it work?
Take a look at the menu of activities, below, and you'll see that many of the ways you can get involved with Careers are listed, along with an allotted points score for each activity.
You'll need 50 points to complete the award, and some of these points must be made up of core activities. You can do them in any order over the academic year.
To get started, you'll need to attend one of our induction sessions:
- Keep checking our webinars page for scheduled induction sessions
These sessions will start you off with 5 points towards your total.
You can also register your interest via this form.
See our FAQs below for more details.
Active Career Planner - Menu of Activities v2 Dec 2020
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DOTS and the Active Career Planner award
The outline of the principles that underpin Active Career Planner is based on the ‘DOTS’ model (a four stage model of career planning originally developed by Bill Law and Tony Watts of the National Institute for Careers Education and Counselling). It has 4 stages which are:
- D: Decision Making / Learning
- O: Opportunity Awareness
- T: Transition Learning
- S: Self Awareness
However, this is not a logical order to achieve the aims of your career planning. Before making a career decision you first need to raise your self-awareness, then look for information about opportunities available to you; decide between the opportunities and then based on the decisions, you then use the right tactics to gain the job. Hence the more logical order is as follows (SODT):
This explains how you as a student would first need to reflect upon and identify your values, beliefs about the workplace, your interests, your special aptitudes and strengths, as well as any areas you need to develop.
This should help you work out broadly (researching) what kind of occupations or sectors could suit your interests, knowledge and particular skills.
Decisions Making / Learning
You will need to make a decision based on the options available and your own situation, resources and preferences. You could do this with the help of a Career Consultant.
Once you have made a decision about your future pathway, you will need to develop materials such as CVs and personal supporting statements to present to potential employers, or if pursuing postgraduate study, this university and other universities you wish to consider. These will help you prepare for and make the transition from your current study programme at university to a job role or higher level study programme.
Application and sign up
To take part, you will need to attend and participate in one of the Active Career Planner launch introductory webinars. Attendance and participation in the Introductory webinar will count towards 5 points. At the webinar, you will be given all the information you need to decide if the award is right for you and be able to participate in the various activities and engagement as per the menu of activities.
Keep checking our webinars page for scheduled induction sessions
You can also register your interest via this form.