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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 Pfizer and Takeda who are leading pharmaceutical employers driving innovation in Ireland and globally.

Combined with a focus on the Trinity Graduate Attributes, the award will give you the skills to develop, reflect on your learnings, to discover the qualities and skills that pharmaceutical companies look for in their staff and to learn about the career opportunities available to you after graduation.The series of workshops will give you the opportunity to enrich your understanding in areas valued by leading employers and apply your learning to work-related situations. They will further enhance your personal and professional development through a focus on technical disciplines and skills for life. 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.

Eligible programmes

Faculty of Engineering, Mathematics and Science

  • Biochemistry
  • Bioengineering
  • Chemistry
  • Chemistry with Molecular Modelling
  • Immunology
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Microbiology

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 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 partners in the pharmaceutical industry- Pfizer and Takeda.

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 two workshops delivered by our industry partners

Workshop descriptions

"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

Pharma employer workshops

These workshops will take place in either week commencing 21st October 2019 (Michaelmas Term Reading Week) or week commencing 13th January 2020 (the week before Week 1 of Hilary Term). Dates for these workshops are TBC.

There will be four workshops on offer overall - two from each employer, Pfizer and Takeda, at their respective sites. Each employer will offer a soft skill and a technical skill workshop. These workshops will give you the opportunity to see inside leading pharmaceutical companies in Ireland today, expand your knowledge of transferable skills and progress your personal and professional development.

Details are currently available for the two soft skill workshops on offer in 2019/20. Details on the technical skills workshops will be available soon, both will take place in week commencing 13th Janury 2020.

Takeda Workshop 1: “Workplace of the Future” – Agile ways of working and Digital Program

Friday 25th October 2019

Workshop will commence with a tour of our new, innovative, biologics manufacturing facility by our Trinity alumni, and a chance to meet some members of our site leadership team.  We will then move into our Innovation HUB, which is located at the centre of our facility, where students will be introduced to our Dunboyne ways of working which is around our agile team design. 


At Takeda 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.  To get an insight, students will be brought through how we run the business and how we change the business through our Tier boards.  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. 

  • By the end of this workshop students will be able to:
  • Understand the purpose of Takeda’s agile ways of working
  • 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 career paths taken by Trinity Alumni and the career opportunities in Takeda Dunboyne Biologics.

Pfizer Workshop 1: Leadership development

Week commencing 13th January 2020

This workshop will give you the opportunity to develop and experience some of the critical skills and competencies that are seen as key to leadership roles within Pfizer. It will give you a unique opportunity to gain insight into how leadership at all levels contributes to the success of the world's leading biopharmaceutical company, while advancing your own personal development.

 

Extra-curricular activities

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.

Eligible activities

Your extra-curricular 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

Submission guidelines

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 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 Professional Services 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
  • 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.

On completing Level 1 of the Award you will be able to book into an Employability Award CV review session on MyCareer. These sessions will provisionally take place between 27th January -14th February 2020, dates TBC.

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 for the Professional Services Pathway on attending the final ceremony.

CV review

You must attend an Employability Award CV review session in the Careers Service, provisionally between 27th January -14th February 2020, dates TBC.

You will have the opportunity to have a 10 minute meeting with an experienced reviewer 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. You need to book into one of the slots available on MyCareer in advance and come at your allotted time with a printed copy of your CV.

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.

Submission guidelines

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:

  • Compete in a Level 3 assessment provided, adminstered and assessed by one of our partner employers

Further information on the assessment opportunities will be available in due course.

Winning students will be receive an employer prize and be invited to speak at the Award ceremony. All students who successfully complete the Level 3 assessment will receive feedback from the employer on request and will receive a 'Trinity Employability Award Plus' certificate at the final ceremony.

Award timeline

All activity and communication from Trinity Careers Service in relation to the Trinity Employability Award will be through MyCareer.

Friday 20th September 2019

Applications open

Log in to MyCareer and select the Pathways module to apply

12 noon, Monday 7th October 2019

Applications close

Friday 11th October 2019 Applicants informed of the outcome of their application

Monday 21st October 2019

Level 1

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

Students will be automatically registered via MyCareer

Either week commencing 21st October 2019 (Michaelmas Term Reading Week) or week commencing 13th January 2020 (the week before Week 1 of Hilary Term

Employer Workshops

By 22nd January 2020

Level 1

Submit a reference for 30 hours of extra-curricular activity completed between 2nd June 2019 - 22nd January 2020

 

By 14th February 2020

Level 2

Submit reflective careers assessment

between 27th January -14th February 2020

Level 2

Attend an Employability Award CV review session

Hilary Term 2020

Level 3

Compete in an employer led assessment

10th March 2020

All levels

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

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.

  • Trinity Employability Award - Pharma Pathway is open to undergraduate students in JS and SS year of selected programmes
  • 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.

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