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Trinity Employability Award - Professional Services 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 Deloitte, EY, KPMG, and PwC who are actively fostering innovation in their field.

Combined with a focus on the Trinity Graduate Attributes, the award will give you the skills to develop, reflect on your learnings, and to help you gain a competitive edge in the workplace.  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.

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 professional services - Deloitte, EY, KPMG, and PwC.

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 partners in the professional services

Workshop descriptions

The workshops offered by our partner employers will be an opportunity to get a first hand insight into the ethos, workplace culture, and creativity of their company. Facilitated by industry experts, our partners offer workshops to develop both soft and technical skills in a range of exciting and innovative topics in the professional services sector.

"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

Professional Services employer workshops

These workshops will take place during the week commencing 13th January 2020. Students participating in the Award will be able to register for these workshops through the Trinity Employability Award Pathway module in MyCareer.

  • You must attend two of the eight available employer workshops - do not register for additional sessions
  • You can attend workshops with the same or different employers
  • Workshops are assigned on a first come, first served basis
  • If you decide to progress to Level 3, you will have the option of competing for the prizes offered by employers whose workshops you've attended

Deloitte

Workshop 1: Business Chemistry
Business Chemistry is an approach to strengthening teams and enhancing relationships in a business context. The tool identifies four different types, each characterised by a stable pattern of behaviours and preferences in the workplace. This is an interactive workshop.

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

  • Recognize the preferences and styles of others
  • Develop effective interactions with other types of individuals, as well as combinations of types in team environments
  • Apply a soft skills tool to team projects both at University and in working life.

Workshop 2: Blockchain Development Journey Mapping
You will be taken through a hands-on blockchain consulting workshop. This session will demonstrate the client journey through Blockchain 101, as well as industry-specific case ideation, design, and solution proposition. This will be a fully immersive session.

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

  • Describe blockchain as a disruptive technology
  • Analyse the client perspective
  • Evaluate the Deloitte “Play to Win” strategy framework
  • Summarise a ‘day in the life’ of the Deloitte EMEA Blockchain Centre of Excellence.

EY

Workshop 1: Data Analytics
13 January 2020

EY invite you to take part in an interactive session with our senior management team in Data Analytics. Learn how technology is taking the forefront of the everyday working world.

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

  • Identify your ability to interrupt data
  • Generate solutions to real working world problems
  • Analyse the techniques used to transform information from large data sets into actionable insights

Workshop 2: Leadership and Purpose
17 January 2020

EY invite you to take part in an interactive and immersive session on why Purpose is such an important motivator tool for leadership, and what is the next evolution of Purpose?

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

  • Understand Purpose and their personal Leadership Style
  • Understand what happens when we lack leadership in a given situation and how to prevent this
  • Evaluate and redefine leadership
  • Understand our Purpose at EY

KPMG

Workshop 1: Developing your Professional Brand
15 January 2020 (morning)

This workshop will focus on creating and developing your “professional brand” and will encompass a mix of taught activities and breakout sessions. The workshop will be delivered in conjunction with a leading PR company specialising in Communications, Presentation Skills, and your Brand Identity.

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

  • Understand your Professional Brand: your strengths, skills, and attributes that make your brand unique
  • Apply tips and tricks regarding Communication across the 3 V’s (Verbal, Visual and Vocal)
  • Hone your presentation skills to deliver impactful and meaningful talks

Workshop 2: Innovation
15 January 2020 (afternoon)

The world of work is changing at an unprecedented pace and clients need to innovate, disrupt and transform themselves in order to survive and thrive. Through this interactive workshop, we are going to teach you some tools and techniques that our innovation teams use for our clients on how to ideate and innovate. Using design thinking methodologies, you will work in a team on a real business challenge and go through the innovation process in a very practical setting. Are you up for a challenge? Want to learn skills that will take your employability to the next level? If so, then this workshop is for you.

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

  • Understand the innovation process
  • Apply it to a practical business challenge
  • Design solutions using the innovation process

You will go through the following phases:

  1. Discovery: Learn more about the challenge by defining personas and creating an empathy map
  2. Ideation: Through individual ideation and sharing your team vision, you will work together to come up with a bright new idea
  3. Stress-test the idea: provide and receive initial feedback which will help you to refine or adapt your idea
  4. Build a Business Model: building the details using the Business Model canvas

PwC

Workshop 1: Getting Comfortable with the Uncomfortable
14 January 2020

Challenges cannot be avoided, but we can build up our resilience to them. Everyone can learn to identify, manage and “bounce back” from these challenges more effectively. Resilience is a very important factor in everyday life. Resilient people demonstrate great flexibility, high energy, mental agility and consistently perform at their highest level.

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

  • Identify techniques and skills that contribute to building resilience (including a number of practical exercises)
  • Generate ideas and techniques that contribute to building personal resilience
  • Critically reflect on their ability to be successful in all aspects of their life, in the midst of a high-pressured, fast-paced and continuously changing environment

Workshop 2: Cyber Security and its impact on consumers
16 January 2020

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

  • Gain an understanding of key concepts in fraud and security such as GDPR and consent
  • Determine which of these fraud and security concepts impact on consumers
  • Evaluate how much data consumers are willing to provide in the current climate

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 with one of our professional services partner employers
  • 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 Employability Award CV review sessions in MyCareer which will take place between 27th January -14th February 2020.

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 with a participating professional services employer between 27th January -14th February 2020.

You will have the opportunity to have a 10 minute meeting with one of our participating employers 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 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 by one of our professional services 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 able 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
  • 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 combination of a cash prize of up to €500 and an on-site work-based learning opportunity, e.g. a summer internship, talent academy. Details on the specific prize from each employer is available in their Level 3 briefing document.

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 Professional Services Pathway on attending the final ceremony.

Employer assessments

Each participating employer will partner with the Trinity Careers Service to determine an appropriate assessment (e.g. case study) and prize for their chosen winner. Level 3 assessments may take place on employer premises. Once you have completed Level 2 on the MyCareer pathway you will be able to register for a Level 3 assessment.

The table below will be updated in the near future with further details - once this is available please click on the relevant employer to learn about their Level 3 assessment.

Assessment Guidelines Assessment Date/Time Assessment Registration
Deloitte Wednesday 4th March 2020

Deloitte

EY TBC

EY

PwC Tuesday 3rd March 2020

PwC

KPMG Tuesday 3rd March 2020

KPMG

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

Tuesday 22nd October 2019/
Wednesday 23rd October 2019

Level 1

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

Attend one session - registration via MyCareer for eligible students on a first-come, first-served basis

13th - 17th January 2020

Level 1

Professional Services employer workshops at employer premises

Attend two of eight available workshops - registration via MyCareer for eligible students on a first-come, first-served basis

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

27th January -14th February 2020

Level 2

Attend an Employability Award CV review session with a partner employer

2nd - 6th March 2020

Level 3

Compete in an employer led assessment

18th 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 - Professional Services Pathway is open to undergraduate students in SF, JS and SS years in all full degree 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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