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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, and PwC who are actively fostering innovation in their field.

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 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.

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 Hilary 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 partners in the professional services - Deloitte, EY and PwC.

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 two skills workshops delivered online 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"– 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

Professional Services employer workshops

These workshops will take place during the week commencing 15th March 2021. Eligible students will be invited to register via MyCareer.

  • You must attend two of the available employer workshops - do not register for additional sessions
  • 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

Blockchain Development Journey Mapping
16th March 2021, 10.00-12.00PM

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

Leadership and Purpose in a Virtual World
16th March, 2.00 - 5.00PM

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 in a virtual environment? 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 in the new virtual world
  • Understand our Purpose at EY

PwC

The Future of the World of Work
15 March 2021 2.00-4.00PM

Throughout the workshop students will be able to gain a great insight into the impact that COVID has impacted business and how companies can prepare their people in the future. Our digital team will take the students through the approach PwC has taken to continue to progress in the future. By the end of this workshop, students will be able to:

  • Understand context, trends, and planning approaches for the future of Work
  • Learn about 'PwC & Digital' - what PwC has implemented to plan for the future
  • Learn digital tips & tricks - these tips and tricks can be used both in college and as students progress into post-graduate life.

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 12.00PM, 18th March 2021.

Eligible activities

Your extra-curricular activities must:

  • Take place between 1st June 2020 and 18th March 2021
  • 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 Professional Services 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 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 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.

On completing Level 1 of the Award you will be able to book Employability Award CV review sessions in MyCareer which will take place in the week commencing 22nd March 2021.

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 in the week commencing 22nd March 2021.

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 will be booked automatically into the CV Review session and will be able to check your allotted time on MyCareer

Reflective careers assessment

The reflective careers assessment must be submitted through the Professional Services Pathway - Level 2 submission form by 12.00PM, 25th March 2021.

There are three submission requirements for this reflective assessment:

  1. A reflective report on your experience of participating on the Award (including extra-curricular experience) using Trinity’s Guided Reflection Tool . The aim of this assessment is to enable you to articulate your development of the Trinity Graduate Attributes with a focus on how you achieved the attributes by engaging with the Award. Guidance on how to complete this reflection tool can be found here.
  2. An image which you have created which illustrates your development of one of these attributes by participating in the Award.
  3. A paragraph (100 words minimum) to accompany the image, describing how it illustrates this development.

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.

You can consider the following questions as a starting point for your submission of the image and accompanying paragraph:

  • 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?

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

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 Professional Services 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

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:

  • Complete a practice video interview via Shortlist.me. This can be completed and submitted anytime before 9th April 2021.
  • Compete in a Level 3 assessment provided by one of our professional services partner employers

Practice video interview

You must complete and submit a practice video interview. This can be done anytime before 9th April. As a Trinity student you have exclusive access to Shortlist.me video interviewing software. This allows you to practice the type of pre-recorded, one-way video interviews that employers are increasingly using as a screening method, before inviting candidates to a live interview.

Employer assessments

The aim of this assessment is to enable you to apply one of the Trinity Graduate Attributes to a professional standard. Eligible students may be invited to send a written report or to make a presentation directly to a participating employer. These employer-led assessments will take place in the week commencing 5th April 2021.

  • You must submit to an employer whose workshop you attended during Level 1
  • You can submit one Level 3 assessment only
  • Please check the deadlines of the written submissions and/or presentations carefully
  • You must read and understand the requirements for your selected assessment in advance of sending your submission and commit to completing all components in a timely and professional manner
  • Each employer will select one student to receive a prize who will be given formal recognition at the Award ceremony and invited to speak for a couple of minutes. 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 of €500

Students who successfully complete the Level 3 assessment can 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.

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 will be hosted by employers.

Assessment Guidelines Assessment Date/Time

Deloitte - Assessment Description

Deloitte - Learning Outcomes and Assessment Rubric

1PM, 7th April 2021

EY - Assessment Description

EY - Learning Outcomes and Assessment Rubric

1PM, 6th April 2021

PwC - Assessment

PwC - Learning Outcomes and Rubric

8th April 2021

Award timeline

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.

Monday 8th February 2021

Applications open

Please apply here

Thursday 18th February 2021
12.00PM

Applications close

Monday 22nd February 2021 Applicants informed of the outcome of their application

15th March 2021
10.00AM - 11.15AM

Level 1

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

Students will be registered automatically via MyCareer

Week commencing 15th March 2021

Level 1

Professional Services employer workshops hosted by employers online

Attend two of the available employer workshops. Students will be registered automatically via MyCareer

By 12.00PM, 18th March 2021

Level 1

Submit the reference template for 10 hours of extra-curricular activity completed between 1st June 2020 and 18th March 2021 via the Professional Services Pathway - Level 1 Submission Form

Week commencing 22nd March 2021

Level 2

Attend an Employability Award CV review session with a Professional Services employer

Attend one of the available CV review sessions - registration via MyCareer

By 12PM, 25th March 2021

Level 2

Submit reflective careers assessment via Professional Services Pathway - Level 2 submission form

Before 9th April 2021

Level 3

Complete a practice video interview via Shortlist.me

Week commencing 5th April 2021

Level 3

Compete in an employer led assessment

14th April 2021
1.00 - 2.00PM

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 Thursday 18th February 2021

To apply to the Trinity Employability Award you can complete the Trinity Employability Award - Professional Services Pathway application form including a max. 250 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
  • 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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