Developing skills for employment
We launched our Career Booster programme three years ago as an exclusive and valuable opportunity available to everyone studying with us throughout the duration of their course. The programme is designed to equip you with the necessary skills and graduate attributes to be job-ready when seeking employment with leading innovative organisations.
What is Career Booster?
The Career Booster Programme offers you access to over 60 workshops, masterclasses, webinars, presentations, lectures or panel sessions. These include the opportunity to gain certificates in:
- The European Computer Driving License (ECDL) - the benchmark for digital literacy
- Sage 50 Accounting and Sage 50 Payroll - training that will allow you to develop leading accounting and payroll software skills
- Project Manager Professional certificates - giving you the edge when seeking to become a Certified Project Manager
- Big Data analysis and reporting skills - using Software and Services (SAS) that will lead to certification.
In addition, the programme will also include activities to promote teamwork, confidence, communication and many other skills sought by employers.
How can Career Booster help you?
Developing a portfolio of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Certificates will demonstrate to employers that you are not only ambitious but also take responsibility for your own professional development.
This is a really unique programme that equips you to be job-ready when seeking employment with leading innovative organisations. Alongside your qualification, demonstrating that you have developed the soft skills employers are looking for can mean that your CV stands from the 70-plus applications currently received by leading organisations for each of their graduate level vacancies.
In a competitive job market Career Booster provides the ‘edge’ that you need.
We’re talking about, for example, being able to use Sage™ Accounting, Advanced Excel and SAS Data Analytics. We’re giving our students the chance to learn these in-demand practical skills with the programme as well as the more soft interpersonal attributes such as teamworking, problem solving and negotiating. Professor Vishanth Weerakkody, Deputy Dean of the Faculty
When is the Career Booster Programme delivered?
Out of the 12 weeks of a typical academic term, one full week is dedicated to focusing on developing employability skills through the Career Booster Programme, with most of the training being delivered by industry-based external experts.
In 2019/20, in excess of 120 workshops were offered with 2,429 places attended by students in the faculty amounting to 7,530 career booster hours being completed. 107 students secured the Career Booster HEAR by attending 25 hours or more of Career Booster activity, which will be recognised on their transcript on graduation.
Our next Career Booster Programme will be delivered in October 2020. For further information you can visit Career Booster Programme page.