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.
Faculty of Engineering, Mathematics and Science
- Chemistry with Molecular Modelling
- Medicinal Chemistry
Faculty of Health Sciences
- Human Health and Disease
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
"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
- Enhance your ability to use reflective practice in your academic and personal development using Trinity's Guided Reflection Tool
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).
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. Students must attend any eligible combination of two workshops. 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.
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.
Takeda Workshop 2: Lean Management
Friday 17th January 2020
Workshop will take place in our Innovation HUB, which is located at the centre of our facility. Students will be introduced to our site by a member of the senior leadership team. Followed by an introduction to lean management, an overview of lean tools utilised by Takeda Dunboyne and their benefits. Workshop will end with an interactive problem-solving activity.
By the end of this workshop students will be able to:
- Understand the concept of Lean Management
- Differentiate between the various lean management tools
- Develop your problem-solving skills
- Understand the importance of lean management and how it improves business performance
- Understand the career paths taken by TCD Alumni and the career opportunities in Takeda Dunboyne Biologics
Pfizer Workshop 1: Integrated Manufacturing Excellence (IMEX) Journey
Tuesday 14th January 2020
The overarching goal of IMEX is about achieving World Class Manufacturing in Pfizer. In this workshop, you will learn about:
- IMEX process which integrates, accelerates and magnifies delivery and impact in Pfizer Global Supply
- Continuous Improvement process and Innovation within the IMEX operating standards
- The IMEX ‘Ecosystem’ which integrates core operational processes to deliver world class performance
Pfizer Workshop 2: Supportive Leadership
Wednesday 15th January 2020
A Supportive Leader is someone who demonstrates behaviors that lead to a work place where your best employees thrive and your organisation reaches its goals and desired outcomes.
This workshop will help you to understand some of the core principles and methods of being a supportive leader.
- Understand effective communication in a professional environment
- Understand how to become more self aware
- Understand what a ‘high support high challenge’ environment is for a leader.
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 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 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
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 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 email@example.com to act as your referee
- If you are the club captain you can contact DUCAC 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' 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
- 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.
All students who successfully complete this level will receive a 'Trinity Employability Award' certificate for the Pharma Pathway on attending the final ceremony.
You must attend a CV review drop-in clinic at the Trinity Careers Service between 2nd September 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
The reflective careers assessment must be submitted through the Level 2 Submission Form by 14th February 2020.
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?
You are encouraged to use Trinity’s Guided Reflection Tool to develop your CV and explore your development of the Trinity Graduate Attributes.
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 Level 2 Submission Form.
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, administered and assessed by one of our partner employers
The aim of this assessment is to enable you to apply one of the Trinity Graduate Attributes to a professional standard. Eligible students will be invited in Hilary Term to register on MyCareer for an employer-led assessment which will take place between 2nd - 6th March 2020.
- You must register with an employer whose workshop you attended during Level 1 and were originally registered for
- You can register for one Level 3 assessment only
- Some employers have an initial stage to their assessment which has an earlier deadline
- 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
- Each 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. 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
- Each employer will offer a prize to the winning student. Details of this prize will be available in due course.
The winning student from the Takeda assessment will recieve €500 and a paid placement in Takeda's Dunboyne facility for Summer 2020.
Students who successfully complete the Level 3 assessment will receive feedback from the participating employer on request and will receive a 'Trinity Employability Award Plus' certificate for the Pharma Pathway on attending the final ceremony.
|Assessment Guidelines||Assessment Date/Time|
|Week commencing 2nd March 2020
Date and Venue TBC
Tuesday 3rd March 2020
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.
All activity and communication from Trinity Careers Service in relation to the Trinity Employability Award will be through MyCareer. Please note that full participation in all activities is compulsory at each level of the Award.
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
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||
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
|between 27th January -14th February 2020||
Attend an Employability Award CV review session
|w/c 2nd March 2020||
Compete in an employer led assessment
10th March 2020
Attendance at the award ceremony is required to celebrate all levels of participation in the award and for presentation of certificates and prizes.
Applications are closed for 2019/20.
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
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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