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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) – Career Booster 

All your Career Booster Questions answered in 1 place! 

The Career Booster Programme – Your Questions Answered

Career Booster provide additional sessions to the curriculum which will enhance and support students’ employability, professional and commercial awareness and provide students/graduates with additional relevant skills and commercial insight/experience to compete in the graduate job market.  Workshops are ‘hands-on’ and interactive workshops providing students with the opportunity to apply ‘theory to practice’.   

The Career Booster Programme is open to any student in the Faculty of Management, Law and Social Science students who does not have timetabled teaching.   

Timetabled teaching has priority but students are welcome to attend sessions that don’t clash with timetabled teaching.   

A range of workshops are offered including personal development, technical skills, and insight to market and sectors that compliment degree programmes.  Career Booster Week enables students to select sessions they feel beneficial to their personal development and career journey. 

A range of 40 to 60 workshops are offered, ranging from 1.5 hours duration to full day sessions.  Some workshops are delivered over more than 1 day to provide a ‘deep dive’ experience.   

The aim of Career Booster is to provide additional sessions to the curriculum which will enhance and support students’ employability, professional and commercial awareness and provide students/graduates with additional relevant skills and commercial insight/experience to compete in the graduate job market.  Workshops are ‘hands-on’ and interactive workshops providing students with the opportunity to apply ‘theory to practice’.   

To fully benefit from attending the workshops we encourage students to fully participate.  For online sessions we request you are in a place to be able to engage with the session and have cameras switched on.  This may be a specific requirement for some workshops.  For on campus and online sessions you may be expected to work independently or in a team on tasks set by the presenter, providing you with an opportunity to develop your skills and apply your learning. 

The programme is a combination of online and on campus sessions.  This will be specified in the booking link and booking form.  Please ensure you check before booking. 

The swipe card system will not record your attendance on Career Booster Weeks.  A hard copy register is being used to confirm your attendance.  This will be located in the room.  It is your responsibility to sign in at the start of the session and sign out at the end of the session.  If your name and details are not listed, please add these to the register.   

Sessions will be booked through the Career Booster website.  The booking links take you to an online booking form.  Please make a note of the session details and save your entry.  It is your responsibility to keep a record of date, time, and location of session.  The Career Booster Team cannot guarantee to send reminders. 

Some of the Career Booster Programme workshops offer certificates for participation.  If you attend 25 hours or more career booster activity and complete the attendance and reflection form and you are registered as attending career booster sessions, your participation will be recognised with a Bradford Employability Award which will appear on your HEAR upon graduation. 

Some of the Career Booster Programme workshops offer certificates for participation.  If you attend 25 hours or more career booster activity and complete the attendance and reflection form and you are registered as attending career booster sessions, your participation will be recognised with a Bradford Employability Award which will appear on your HEAR upon graduation. 

Why are some workshops not offered to all students in the faculty? 

We have a recommended student profile for sessions to provide guidance on suitability and ensure student satisfaction.  Sessions may be limited to some students due to: 

  • Level of prior knowledge/learning required to ensure students can engage with the workshop 
  • Room capacity or access to IT platforms/resources 
  • Content being duplicated in curriculum for some students so guided to choose sessions offering new experiences 

Please email careerbooster@bradford.ac.uk to decline your place reserved so this can be released to another student. 

There are some sessions which are capped for a variety of reasons, including student experience and capacity of rooms with specific technologies.  The Career Booster Team will monitor bookings and will release online meeting details or room details if you have been successful in securing a place.   

If this is an on-campus session you can take the chance and wait to see if there any ‘no shows’ on the day.  If this is an opportunity you will be notified by email.  We cannot guarantee you will secure a place in the workshop but sometimes students can secure ‘on the day’ places if students don’t turn up.   

We try to repeat sessions we know are highly regarded and in demand, however, we cannot guarantee this.  To ensure a vibrant and dynamic programme we provide new sessions every career booster week for students to ensure there is always something for everyone to attend. 

If Activity Week is listed on your timetable and you are a Faculty of Management, Law and Social Sciences student you can attend.  Students in the faculty who are timetabled for teaching can still attend workshops that fit around their timetabled teaching. 

Please email careerbooster@bradford.ac.uk at least 2 working days in advance of your first session. Please put LSP Notification in the subject. Line of the email. Please include:

1) your UB Number

2) titles, dates and times of sessions you are attending

3) what details you would like us to share with the presenter

This will contribute to a Career Booster Programme Bradford Employability Award every year you participate.  The Bradford Employability Award is listed on students Higher Education Achievement Record (HEAR) which is recognised as additional ‘achievement’ to evidence to future employers that students have engaged with developing their professional skills alongside academic study. 

At the end of each career booster session, you attend you must complete the Attendance and Reflection Form to ensure your hours of participation are counted.  The cumulative hours you submit on the Attendance and Reflection Form will count towards your Career Booster Programme Bradford Employability Award which will be listed in your HEAR.  The Attendance and Reflection Form submission is checked against attendance registers and online meeting reports.  If a form is submitted for a session which has not been attended the attendance hours will not be awarded. 

The deadline to complete the forms will be Sunday 27 February 23:45 GMT.   

Your Career Booster Bradford Employability Award and HEAR questions answered

The HEAR is a comprehensive, electronic record of a student’s achievement which is built up as they progress through their student life.  It includes both academic and extra-curricular achievements and therefore captures and acknowledges the broader student experience. A student's final HEAR includes information about their programme of study, for example, modules and results, degree awarded, as well as any other University-recognised achievements. 

Upon graduation, students can share their HEAR to support further study and/or job applications. 

More information on the HEAR:  https://unibradfordac.sharepoint.com/sites/hear-intranet/SitePages/What-is-HEAR-.aspx  

Students at Bradford are encouraged to make the most of their time as a student here and undertake activities outside the classroom so that they graduate with ‘more than a degree’. 

The University of Bradford has a wide range of endorsed activities that could help build students' knowledge, skills and experience and be included in their final HEAR.  These are known as the Bradford Employability Awards. 

The Career Booster Programme and Career Booster Ambassador is a recognised Bradford Employability Award. 

More information on Bradford Employability Award: https://unibradfordac.sharepoint.com/sites/hear-intranet/SitePages/Endorsed%20Activities.aspx 

This is a recognition of 25 hours or more of designated Career Booster activity in any 1 academic year by the Faculty of Management, Law and Social Sciences.  This will apply whether your academic year starts in January or October.  Please note that the hours accrued do not cumulate over more than 1 academic year.   

More information on the Career Booster Programme Bradford Employability Award:   

https://unibradfordac.sharepoint.com/sites/hear-intranet/Shared%20Documents/HEAR-Achievements-Activities-List_july2021.pdf#nameddest=Career_Booster_Programme_FMLSS 

 

More information on the Career Booster Ambassador Bradford Employability Award: 

https://unibradfordac.sharepoint.com/sites/hear-intranet/Shared%20Documents/HEAR-Achievements-Activities-List_july2021.pdf#nameddest=Career_Booster_Ambassador 

This Career Booster Programme and this Bradford Employability Award is exclusive to Faculty of Management, Law and Social Science students, who are studying undergraduate or postgraduate taught students.  Bradford Employability Awards are not available to postgraduate research students as this profile of students do not graduate with a Higher Education Achievement Record (HEAR).  This doesn’t exclude postgraduate research students from participating and attending the Career Booster Programme. 

Only participation in the faculty’s designated Career Booster Programme activities will count towards the Career Booster HEAR.   

Bookings for Career Booster Programme https://www.bradford.ac.uk/mlss/careerbooster/  

 

No. You need to do 25 hours or more of Career Booster activity in 1 academic year. The hours accrued do not cumulate over more than 1 academic year. 

 

Each academic year is a ‘new year’ and the hours accrued in previous years are not interchangeable/carried over to the current year. If your academic year starts in January your hours will count from February Career Booster followed by October Career Booster Week and if you are a September academic year start your first Career Booster Week will be October, followed by February.  

No. We have 2 dedicated weeks in any 1 academic year where participation counts toward the 25 hours.  For a January start the first Career Booster Week will be February followed by the October Career Booster Week, and for those students starting in September, the first Career Booster Week will be October, followed by the February Career Booster Week. Every student will have the opportunity to participate in 2 Career Booster Weeks, whether they are a January starter or September starter. 

Yes.  Students can attend as many hours as they like in the Career Booster Weeks.   

Yes, you could graduate from an undergraduate degree with 3 Career Booster Bradford Employability Awards, 1 for every academic year you complete your 25 hours or more of participation. These will be listed in your HEAR. 

You will need to complete the ‘Attendance and Reflection Form’ at the end of every session you attend in the Career Booster Week, regardless of whether you attend an on campus or an online session. This form will be shared during the delivery of the session but can also be accessed from the FoMLSS Career Booster Programme Group on MS Teams and on the Career Booster website.  Forms submitted are checked against hard copy registers for on campus sessions and attendance reports for online sessions. Only attendance and reflection forms which can be supported by actual attendance will be accepted as record of learning for the Career Booster Bradford Employability Award. 

At the end of each career booster session you attend you must complete the Attendance and Reflection Form to ensure your hours of participation are counted towards your Career Booster Bradford Employability Award.  The cumulative hours will contribute to the award of the Career Booster Programme Bradford Employability Award if you meet the minimum of 25 hours participation. 

Everything you need to know about developing your skills by participating

You will develop a range of skills which will support your personal and professional development.  These experiences will be unique to you and therefore provide you with evidence for your CV, job applications and competency interview questions.   

Find out more about skills employers look for and how this supports you:  https://www.bradford.ac.uk/careers/develop-skills/  

Definitely a big fat YES! The whole purpose of the Career Booster Programme is to offer students the opportunity to develop their employability skills and enabling graduates to successfully compete in the graduate job market or to secure post graduate study/research.  The Career Booster Bradford Employability Award will demonstrate that you have engaged in a programme beyond the degree programme of study but also provide an opportunity to evidence skills developed through participating in workshops.     

Find out more on employability skills and how these can support your development:  

https://www.bradford.ac.uk/careers/develop-skills/

Career Booster Ambassadors

Support as an ambassador is highly regarded.  Upon submission of a reflective portfolio of your work supporting the promotion and delivery of the Career Booster week you will be awarded the Career Booster Ambassador Bradford Employability Award which will be recorded on the Higher Education Achievement Record (HEAR).  It is important to keep a record of all your engagement supporting the promotion and delivery of Career Booster Week.   

More information on the HEAR and a Bradford Employability Award:  https://unibradfordac.sharepoint.com/sites/hear-intranet  

You will have a good opportunity to develop your network with students beyond your immediate degree programme so a great chance to make new friends.  The role also develops your communication and network with the academic and professional team.  In addition, you will have the opportunity to have a unique experience and develop your employability skills beyond a student participant role which is brilliant evidence and ‘USP’s for a future employer and developing your personal brand.   

Specifically, you will be asked to: 

  1. Upload your welcome profile slide
  2. Upload a file on what you contributed as a Career Booster Ambassador including screenshots of activity, social media, photos prepared and considering challenges you faced, how you overcame these challenges and what you reflected on from these activities. 
  3. Detail what you have enjoyed most about being a Career Booster Ambassador 
  4. The employability skills you developed because of being a Career Booster Ambassador 
  5. Prepare 2 STAR statements (Situation, Task, Action Result) which support the development of your employability skills in the Career Booster Ambassador role 
  6. Consider the impact of the Career Booster role and your student experience 

Yes! You can be a Career Booster Ambassador and be a student participant in the workshops so it’s a win/win!  If you participate and complete the necessary records you could receive 2 Bradford Employability Awards in 1 year – the Programme Award and the Ambassador Award.   

The Career Booster Ambassador Bradford Employability Award is not linked to participating in a set number of hours BUT you must complete enough hours to secure enough insight and evidence to incorporate into a reflective portfolio.

Announcements are made through module and programmes on Canvas courses.   

Being a Career Booster Ambassador is an unpaid role.  There are no expectations about what level of contribution students make or hours worked by the Ambassador.  However, we ask that you have ‘enough’ of an insight and experience to be able to submit the Career Booster Ambassador Activity and Reflection Report which results in being awarded the Career Booster Ambassador Bradford Employability Award, listed on the HEAR. 

Technical Accessibility

Forms are not to be completed at the start or part way through the session.  These are to be completed at the end of the session.  Forms are to be completed for every session you attend.   

It is important you answer all questions and evidence your learning from the sessions.    

This form can only be accessed using your student Bradford email address.  Please ensure you are using *******@bradford.ac.uk  

Also note that the forms only allow for 1 entry per student per session so you can only submit 1 form.   

Please ensure you select the correct drop downs for the title of the session attended and number of HEAR hours the session carries. 

Please follow the detailed steps on the below link.  There are screen shot pictures to follow so easy to follow!  Take special note that when you get to selecting the SSO icon and confirming the authorised email address that you need to enter *****@bradford-ac-uk and NOT *****@bradford.ac.uk

Further instructions on accessing Zoom as a Bradford Student is as below:

https://unibradfordac.sharepoint.com/sites/it-services-intranet/SitePages/zoom.aspx

 

For further instructions on accessing Microsoft Teams as a Bradford Student, please follow the detailed steps on this link:

https://unibradfordac.sharepoint.com/sites/it-services-intranet/SitePages/teams-for-students.aspx 

If you are struggling with IT related issues please contact IT Services/Log a ticket for support. Further instructions on contacting IT Services can be found on the link below:

https://unibradfordac.sharepoint.com/sites/it-services-intranet/SitePages/contact-us.aspx or contact 01274 233333