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Trinity Employability Award - Pharma Pathway

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 extra-curricular 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 employers MSD Dunboyne Biologics who are leading pharmaceutical employers fostering innovation in their field.

The award will allow you to develop new skills, reflect on your learning and help you gain a competitive edge in the workplace. The workshops will give you the opportunity to increase your understanding of the sector and the skills valued by employers, as well as an opportunity to apply your learning to work-related situations.

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.

For more information you can view a recording of the 2020 Employability Award Info Session

Eligible programmes

Faculty of Engineering, Mathematics and Science

  • Biochemistry
  • Bioengineering
  • Immunology
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Medicine

Faculty of Health Sciences

  • Human Health and Disease
  • Pharmacy

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 Michaelmas Term.

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 in the pharmaceutical industry, MSD Dunboyne Biologics.

Full participation in all activities at each level of the Award is expected. Under the current restrictions surrounding COVID-19 every effort will be made to faciliate and support students engaging with 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 10 hours of extra-curricular activities - see list of approved activities below
  • Attend one “Make It Count” career readiness and employability workshop delivered online by the Trinity Careers Service
  • Attend one skills workshop delivered online by our partner in the pharmaceutical industry

Workshop descriptions

The workshop offered by our partner employer will be an opportunity to get a first hand insight into the ethos, workplace culture, and creativity of their company. Facilitated by industry experts, the workshop will develop both soft and technical skills in a range of innovative subjects in their sector.

"Make it Count"– 1.25 hour career readiness and employability workshop at Trinity

This online 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
  • Enhance your ability to use reflective practice in your academic and personal development

Pharmaceutical industry employer workshop

  • This workshop will take place on 10th November 2020
  • Eligible students will be invited to register via MyCareer
  • If you decide to progress to Level 3, you will have the option of competing for the prize placement with MSD

MSD Dunboyne Biologics Workshop:Agile ways of working, Digital Program & Lean Management

Tuesday, 10th November 2.00pm to 4.00pm

Students will be introduced to our site by a member of the senior leadership team. The workshop will commence with our MSD Dunboyne ways of working which are based around our agile team design. At MSD Dunboyne we live our values through our COMMIT culture and our enterprise approach are central to our ways of working. Agile teams and digital program are key strategic objectives for us as a site. This will be followed by an interactive session detailing our Digital 4.0 strategy, where the students will get the opportunity to interact with our data analysis tools. The second half of the workshop will include introduction to and an explanation of lean management, an overview of lean tools utilised by MSD Dunboyne and their benefits.

By the end of this workshop students will be able to:

  • Differentiate between agile ways of working and the more traditional working environments
  • Interpret data analytics and its applicability to the Biopharma industry
  • Understand the importance of key performance indicators and why they are vital for business performance
  • Understand the concept of lean management and the tools available
  • Identify with the importance of lean management implementation to improve business performance
  • Extra-curricular activities

    You must complete a minimum of 10 hours of extra-curricular activity to complete Level 1 of this Award. All references must be submitted by 13th November 2020.

    Eligible activities

    Your extra-curricular activities must:

    • Take place between 1st June 2020 and 13th November 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 be with 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 organisation
    • 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

    Submission guidelines

    To submit your reference please download the Trinity 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 Pharma Pathway - Level 1 submission form. 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 emma@csc.tcd.ie to act as your referee
    • If you are the club captain you can contact DUCAC at ducac@tcd.ie 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' for the Pharma pathway 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 session with one of our Careers team CV reviewers
    • Complete a reflective careers assessment demonstrating your development of the Trinity Graduate Attributes

    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.

    Once accepted onto the Trinity Employability Award you will be able to book Employability Award CV review sessions in MyCareer which will take place regularly. CV review sessions attended between 30th August - 25th November 2020 are eligible.

    All students who successfully complete this level will receive a 'Trinity Employability Award' certificate for the Pharma pathway on attending the final ceremony.

    CV review

    You must attend a CV review session with a Careers Service CV reviewer between 30th August and 25th November 2020.

    You will have the opportunity to have a 15 minute online meeting with one of our CV reviewers who will review your CV and give you feedback. This may involve a general review or more specific advice on tailoring your CV towards a particular career area. It is important to note that reviewers will not be able to address non-CV queries e.g. visa eligibility. You need to book a session on MyCareer and bring along your CV at your allotted time.

    Reflective careers assessment

    The reflective careers assessment must be submitted through the Pharma Pathway - Level 2 submission form by 5.00pm on 25th November 2020.

    To complete this assessment you must:

    1) Submit an image that represents development of a Trinity Graduate Attribute while you were participating in the Award (including extra-curricular experience from 1st June 2020) alongside a paragraph of descriptive text (100 words minimum)

    2) Submit the Trinity Guided Reflection Tool reflecting on your development of the Trinity Graduate Attributes while participating in the Award. You can focus on whichever aspect of the award programme you feel there has been most development for you i.e. Make It Count workshop, employer workshop, extra-curricular activity, etc.

    Overview

    Considering the four Trinity Graduate Attributes, you must submit an image which you have created which illustrates your development of one of these attributes while participating in the Award alongside a paragraph (100 words minimum) describing how the image illustates this development. You must also submit a report reflecting on your experience using Trinity’s Guided Reflection Tool . 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 the Trinity Graduate Attributes
    • Creatively demonstrate the learning described through a related image

    Image

    You can consider the following questions as a starting point for your submission of the image and accompanying paragraph (100 words minmum):

    • 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.

    Submission guidelines

    To submit your assessment please upload your image, compose the accompanying reflective description of image and upload Trinity’s Guided Reflection Tool to the Pharma Pathway - Level 2 submission form.

    Your overall submission should:

    • Illustrate your development of the Trinity Graduate Attributes
    • Reflect on your experience of these attributes over the course of the Award
    • Identify which aspects of the Award contributed to your learning e.g. a workshop, and element of your extra-curricular activity

    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:

    • Compete in a Level 3 assessment provided MSD

    The aim of this assessment is to enable you to apply one of the Trinity Graduate Attributes to a professional standard. Eligible students will invited to register on MyCareer for the employer-led assessment which will take place on Monday, 7th December 2020.

    • You must read and understand the requirements for your selected assessment in advance of registering and commit to completing all components in a timely and professional manner
    • The employer will select one student who will receive a prize which will be given formal recognition at the Award ceremony and invited to speak on stage (circumstances permitting). If you are successful in being shortlisted for an overall prize you must prepare a 2 minute speech reflecting on your experience developing your Trinity Graduate Attributes through participating in the Award
    • The winning student from the MSD assessment will receive €500 and a paid placement with MSD Dunboyne Biologics

    Students who successfully complete the Level 3 assessment will receive feedback from MSD on request and will receive a 'Trinity Employability Award Plus' certificate for the Pharma pathway on attending the final ceremony.

    Employer assessments

    MSD has partnered with the Trinity Careers Service to determine an appropriate assessment (e.g. case study) and prize for their chosen winner. Level 3 assessments will be hosted by MSD.

    Assessment Guidelines Assessment Date/Time

    MSD Dunboyne Biologics - Level 3 Assessment

    Submission by 30th November 2020

    Presentation for shortlisted candidates
    7th December 2020

    Award timeline

    All activity and communication from Trinity Careers Service in relation to the Trinity Employability Award will be through MyCareer. Full participation in all activities at each level of the Award is expected. Under the current restrictions surrounding COVID-19 every effort will be made to faciliate and support students engaging with the Award.

    Thursday 1st October 2020

    Applications open

    Please apply here

    Monday 12th October 2020

    Applications close

    Thursday 15th October 2020 Applicants informed of the outcome of their application

    9th November 2020

    Level 1

    "Make it Count" career readiness and employability workshop at Trinity

    Students will be automatically registered via MyCareer

    10th November 2020

    Level 1

    Pharmaceutical industry employer workshop online

    Students will be automatically registered via MyCareer

    By 13th November 2020

    Level 1

    Submit a reference for 10 hours of extra-curricular activity completed between 1st June 2020 and 13th November 2020

     

    By 25th November 2020

    Level 2

    Submit reflective careers assessment

    30th August - 25th November 2020

    Level 2

    Attend an Employability Award CV review session with a Careers Service CV reviewer

    Book an available session on MyCareer before 25th November 2020

    7th December 2020

    Level 3

    Compete in an employer led assessment

    16th December 2020

    All levels

    Online Award Ceremony

    Attendance at the award ceremony is required to celebrate all levels of participation in the award and for presentation of certificates and prizes.

    Applications

    Applications close Monday 12th October 2020

    To apply to the Trinity Employability Award you can complete the Trinity Employability Award - Pharma Pathway application form. Choose your preferred Award pathway to submit an application including a max. 250 word statement on why you want to participate in this pathway.

    • Trinity Employability Award - Pharma pathway is open to undergraduate students in JS and SS years in the eligible disciplines listed above
    • 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

    Further information

    If you have any questions about the Award after reading the above material, you can send them by email to employability@tcd.ie and we will reply as soon as possible.

    You should also engage with Trinity Careers Service on social media for updates on this award and other activities:

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