Trinity Employability Award in partnership with Intel (for JS students)
The Trinity Employability Award provides an invaluable opportunity to increase your career readiness by helping you articulate the Trinity Graduate Attributes and competencies achieved as part of your academic programme, as well as through co-curricular and extracurricular activity. This Award will equip you with a set of specific employability skills to help you succeed in the workplace. You will have the opportunity to engage with our partner employer Intel who are actively fostering innovation in their field.
Combined with a focus on the Trinity Graduate Attributes, the Award will enable you to develop skills, reflect on your learnings, and gain a competitive edge in the workplace. The series of workshops will give you the opportunity to use problem-solving methodologies and apply your learning to work-related situations. They will further enhance your personal and professional development through experiential learning, critical-thinking and help to ensure you develop the attributes you need to excel in your career. This highly flexible Award has three levels of engagement for you to choose from allowing you to tailor your participation. You can decide to progress to Level 1(Participate), Level 2(Complete), and Level 3 (Compete). Each level achieved will further enhance your employability through this innovative programme.
All students participating must achieve the minimum requirements of Level 1 to be eligible for a certificate of participation. Students can then opt to complete additional activities to be eligible for higher levels of the award and potential prizes. To be eligible for Level 2 or Level 3 you must have completed the requirements for the previous level(s) - these must all be completed in a single academic year.
All students who successfully complete a level of the Award will receive a certificate and will be invited to the award ceremony presented by Trinity Careers Service and our partner Intel. Please note that full participation in all activities compulsory at each level of the Award. Students who do not complete required workshops or assessments for any reason will not be eligible to receive a certificate for that level of the Award. Dates and availability requirements for each level of the Award are outlined in the Award timeline.
Level 1 - Participate
This is the foundational level of the award. To achieve this award standard you must:
- Complete a minimum of 30 hours of extra-curricular activities - see list of approved activities below
- Attend one “Make It Count” career readiness and employability workshop delivered by the Trinity Careers Service
- Attend one full day on "Model Based Problem Solving" delivered by Intel
- Attend one 4 hour workshop on either "Decision Making with Data or "LEAN Management" delivered by Intel
"Make it Count"– 2.5 hour career readiness and employability workshop at Trinity
This workshop will include a detailed overview of the different aspects of the Trinity Employability Award and will be an opportunity to ask questions and meet other students progressing through the Award.
By participating in this workshop you will:
- Learn how to reflect on, identify and articulate your skills and attributes, and apply critical thinking strategies to extra-curricular experiences, setting goals and reflecting on competencies and skills you develop
- Learn the core competencies employers look for when recruiting
- Learn how to outline your employability skills in written applications and at interview
The workshops at Intel, though engineering orientated, will benefit students from all disciplines in how they solve problems, find leaner methods of working and use data to find the correct solution.
These workshops will take place in October 2019 and January 2020. Students participating in the Award will be able to choose between two workshop options for the January session through the Trinity Employability Award Pathway module in MyCareer.
Model-Based Problem Solving (MBPS) – 5 hour workshop at Intel
- Learn to understand the business need for problem solvers because as technology becomes more complex, companies need increasingly skilled problem solvers
- Learn Problem Solving Tools and Problem Solving Processes
- Learn how to segment problems, ask the right questions, interpret the data and identify solutions using the Model Based Problem Solving Process
- Learn to practice problem statement writing, segmentation and model building on a live example
LEAN – 4 hour workshop at Intel
- Learn to appreciate the importance of LEAN as a basic requirement in all industries
- Learn how LEAN methodologies help you to prioritise tasks correctly and reduce ‘unnecessary work’ so that you can work efficiently
- Learn the importance of LEAN in an industry environment whilst competing against the clock to build your own model-car using theoretical principles
Decision Making with Data – 4 hour workshop at Intel
- Workshop will introduce you to different types of data, data distributions and visualizations
- The workshop will enable participants to make decisions based on data, set the hypothesis and answer the right question
- From a practical element, there will be opportunities to succeed at dice, launch a mini catapult and manufacture beads to demonstrate industry concepts and see them in action
You must complete a minimum of 30 hours of extra-curricular activity to complete Level 1 of this Award. All references must be submitted by 22nd January 2020.
Your extracurricular activities must:
- Take place between 2nd June 2019 and 22nd January 2020
- Be verifiable by a third-party with responsibility for the activity e.g. a supervisor, manager, team captain, instructor
- Be outside the requirements of your core academic curriculum
You can combine hours from multiple activities to reach the requirement. The activities do not need to take place in Trinity to be eligible.
Activities which meet the requirement include:
- Participating on the committee of a student society which is registered with Trinity's Central Societies Committee (CSC)
- Attending classes, training, competitions or participating on the committee of a sports club registered with Dublin University Central Athletic Club (DUCAC)
- Volunteering with a registered charity or as part of a Trinity initiative, e.g. S2S mentoring, VDP homework club
- Participating in Trinity's Students Union (TCDSU) e.g. faculty convenor or class representative
- Participating in Enterprise activities.g. business challenge, SMF, Launchbox, Launchpad
- Participating in an society, sports club, or activity outside of Trinity similar to those listed above as part of an official group or organsiation
- Internships which are not undertaken as part of your core academic curriculum
- Part-time work e.g. customer service, retail or any other similar paid employment
Activities which do not meet the requirement:
- Activities undertaken by yourself which cannot be verified e.g. personal exercise, online content creation, travelling
- Activities verified by a family member who does not have an official capacity within the organisation or group with which you are involved
To submit your reference please download the Employability Award Level 1 Reference Template and ask your referee to complete it. Add your name to the end of the file name and upload it to the relevant activity in the Trinity Employability Award Pathway module in MyCareer. You can also upload an original reference your referee has provided which must include all the information in the recommended template to be accepted. Referees will be contacted to verify your involvement on a randomly selected basis.
- If your involvement is with a society/sports club in Trinity the society chair/club captain to act as your referee
- If you are the society chair you can contact Emma Matthews at email@example.com to act as your referee
- If you are the club captain you can contact Aidan Kavanagh at firstname.lastname@example.org to act as your referee
- If your involvement is in the Trinity Students' Union you can contact your faculty convener or the TCDSU Education Officer to act as referee
All students who successfully complete this level will receive a 'Certificate of Completion' on attending the final ceremony. You can choose to deepen your learning and compete for prizes by taking part in the assessments in Levels 2 (Complete) and Level 3 (Compete).
Level 2 - Complete
This is the intermediate level of the Award. To achieve this Award standard you must:
- Complete a CV review with the Trinity Careers Service
- Complete a reflective careers assessment demonstrating your development of a Trinity Graduate Attribute
The aim of these assessments is to enable you to reflect on, integrate, and articulate the learning you have achieved from participating in this programme. These components will be assessed by the Trinity Careers Service.
The reflective careers assessment must be submitted through the MyCareer Employability Award pathway module by 14th February 2020. All students who successfully complete this level will receive a 'Trinity Employability Award' certificate on attending the final ceremony.
You must attend a CV review drop-in clinic at the Trinity Careers Service between 14th October 2019 -14th February 2020. Your attendance will be recorded by the Trinity Careers Service as evidence of you meeting this criteria. See MyCareer for details of upcoming Drop-In CV Clinics.
Reflective careers assessment
You must submit a written reflection on your development of one of the four Trinity Graduate Attributes through participating in the Trinity Employability Award. The word count for the reflection is 250 words and accompanied by an image which you have created which demonstrates that learning.The aim of this assessment is to enable you to articulate your development with a focus on how you achieved this by engaging with the Award.
At the end of this assessment you will be able to:
- Critically reflect on the extent to which you have developed one of the Trinity Graduate Attributes
- Creatively demonstrate the learning described through a related image
You can consider the following questions as a starting point for your submission:
- How have you achieved your chosen Trinity Graduate Attribute by participating in the Award?
- Which aspects of the Award helped you achieve it?
- Why is it important and what does it mean to you?
- Why did you choose the image?
- What do you see in it?
- How does this image represent or synthesise your learning from the programme?
- What does it say about you and your learning?
Your submission will be assessed by the Trinity Careers Service using the Trinity Employability Award Level 2 Assessment Rubric.
To submit your assessment please download the Employability Award Level 2 Assessment Template and complete it. Add your name to the end of the file name and upload it to the relevant activity in the Trinity Employability Award Pathway module in MyCareer.
Your overall submission should:
- Illustrate your development of a specific Trinity Graduate Attribute
- Demonstrate a clear link between the themes of your written assessment and your chosen image
Your written assessment should:
- Reflect on your experience of a specific Trinity Graduate Attribute over the course of the Award
- Identify which aspects of the Award contributed to your learning e.g. a workshop, an element of your extra-curricular activity
- Articulate the relevance of your chosen image to the learning you have described
Your image should:
- Creatively demonstrate the experience you have described in your written reflection
- Be an image (photo, illustration, graphic) which you have created or a photo of you taken by a third-party which you have permission to use
- Be created during your participation in the Award
- Have a relevant title
Your image does not necessarily have to be of professional quality but it should be of a technical standard sufficient to display in a professional setting i.e. not blurry, well-lit, high resolution, and jpeg or png file format. Photos cannot be taken on partner employer premises or during Employability Award workshops. Images submitted as part of this assessment may be displayed at the Trinity Employability Award final ceremony and on related websites and social media.
Level 3 - Compete
This is the highest level of the Award. To be eligible to participate in this level of the Award you must successfully complete the previous levels and complete your assessments at a sufficient standard to progress.
To achieve this Award standard you must:
- Submit your reflective assessment and image for consideration and attend an additional in-person assessment administered by Intel
The aim of this assessment is to enable you to further apply the Trinity Graduate attributes you have developed through the programme by engaging with Intel and other students in a competitive setting. Eligible students will be able to register for the Level 3 assessment through the Trinity Employability Award Pathway module in MyCareer. Your submission will be assessed by Intel using the Trinity Employability Award Level 3 Assessment Rubric.
- Students who register will have their Level 2 assessments reviewed by Intel
- Shortlisted candidates will be invited to participate in a further assessment by Intel on the day of the final award ceremony
- Intel will select shortlist a number of students who will be be invited to present on stage later that evening
- If you are shortlisted you will present a 2 minute speech reflecting on your experience developing your Trinity Graduate Attributes through participating in the Award as illustrated by your chosen image
- Intel will select 2 overall winners from the presentation stage who will each receive €1,500 and an Intel-powered device
Your submission will be assessed by Intel using the Trinity Employability Award Level 3 Assessment Rubric. Students who successfully complete the Level 3 assessment will receive feedback from Intel on request and will receive a 'Trinity Employability Award Plus' certificate at the final ceremony.
All activity and communication from Trinity Careers Service in relation to the Trinity Employability Award will be through MyCareer.
Friday 20th September 2019
Log in to MyCareer and select the Pathways module to apply
12 noon, Monday 7th October 2019
|Friday 11th October 2019||Applicants informed of the outcome of their application|
Monday 21st October 2019
"Make it Count" career readiness and employability workshop at Trinity
Attend one session - students will be automatically registered via MyCareer
|Tuesday 22nd October 2019||
"Model Based Problem Solving" (Workshop 1) at Intel
Students will be automatically registered via MyCareer
|Monday 13th January 2020||
"LEAN" (Workshop 2A) or "Decision Making with Data" (Workshop 2B) at Intel
Attend one of the available workshops - registration via MyCareer for eligible students on a first-come, first-served basis
By 22nd January 2020
Submit a reference for 30 hours of extra-curricular activity completed between 2nd June 2019 - 22nd January 2020
|By 14th February 2020||
Submit reflective careers assessment
|2nd September 2019 - 14th February 2020||
Attend a a CV review clinic in the Trinity Careers Service. See MyCareer for details of upcoming Drop-In CV Clinics.
10th March 2020
Compete in an Intel-led assessment
Attendance at the award ceremony is required to celebrate all levels of participation in the award and for presentation of certificates and prizes.
To apply to the Trinity Employability Award you can complete the Trinity Employability Award application form. Choose your preferred Award pathway to submit an application including a max. 150 word statement on why you want to participate in this pathway.
- The Trinity Employability Award is open to students in JS year in a range of programmes in the Engineering, Mathemetics and Sciences (EMS) and Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (AHSS) faculties. You can see the list of eligible programmes here
- Students can apply to more than one Trinity Employability Award pathway for which they are eligible however they can only be selected for one - a separate application is required for each pathway
- Visiting students are not eligible to apply to the Trinity Employability Award
- Places on the award are limited, if more people apply than can be accommodated Trinity Careers Service will allocate places after the closing date to achieve an equitable representation of student demographics
- All application decisions are at the discretion of Trinity Careers Service and are final
If you have any questions about the award after reading the above material, you can send them by email to email@example.com and we will reply as soon as possible.
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