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Trinity Employability Award - Social Action (Migration) 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, the Irish Refugee Council and IOM - The UN Migration Agency, who are enacting meaningful change in the field of migration.

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.

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

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 partners in the field of migration, IRC and IOM- The UN Migration Agency.

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 workshop delivered online by our partners in the field of migration

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 organisation. Facilitated by industry experts, our partners offer workshops to develop both soft and technical skills in a range of informative and engaging topics 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

Social Action employer workshops

  • These workshops will take place on 10th and 12th November 2020
  • Eligible students will be invited to register via MyCareer
  • You must attend the two available employer workshops
  • If you decide to progress to Level 3, you will have the option of competing for the prizes offered by the participating employers

The Irish Refugee Council

Where Refugees and Irish Society Meet
10th November 2020 10.00am to 12.00pm

Challenges refugees face are many. To effectively respond to each individual’s needs and to affect meaningful change to their situation in Ireland it is important not only to care for them as individuals but to be able to apply legal frameworks that allow them to have their status recognised as quickly as possible so that they can move on with their live. This workshop will include an introduction to Irish civil society, the Irish asylum process, interactive session where participants will have the opportunity to analyse individual casework queries and a panel discussion of Irish Refugee Council staff who will provide insight into different pathways to careers in this sector.

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

  • Understand the basic landscape of Irish civil society from the perspective of someone seeking to enter a career in this sector
  • Understand and recall the principle features of the Irish international protection process
  • Analyse an individual refugee’s experience
  • Apply your understanding of the protection process to their situation
  • Understand the skills needed by a professional NGO worker to provide advice and support in this sector

IOM - The UN Migration Agency

International Migration - A Dilemma
12th November 2020 9.30am to 12.30pm

Migration is one of the global challenges of our time. This interactive workshop will facilitate participants to apply their skills to human trafficking and family reunification experiences. Participants will also get an overview of other areas of IOM’s operations including family resettlement case work and recruitment as well as an opportunity to meet with professionals on international missions.

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

  • Understand the landscape of elements of international migration from the perspective of someone seeking to enter a career in this sector
  • Understand the indicators of trafficking and identifying a victim and the National Referral Mechanism (NRM)
  • Apply your understanding of the NRM to the case of a hypothetical victim
  • Discuss a family reunification case management scenario

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 Social Action 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 Social Action 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 Service 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.

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

CV review

You must attend an Employability Award CV review session with a Careers Service CV reviewer between 30th August - 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 Social Action Pathway - Level 2 submission form by5.00pm 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.

Reflective exercise

You should use the resources at Trinity’s Guided Reflection Tool to reflect on how you've developed the Trinity Graduate Attributes to date through your participation in the Award.

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 Social Action 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 assessment at a sufficient standard to progress.

To achieve this Award standard you must:

  • Compete in a Level 3 assessment provided by our social action partner employers

The aim of this assessment is to apply for an internship opportunity with one of our partner employers. During the application process you will be able to draw on the Trinity Graduate Attributes you have developed throughout the Award.

  • Eligible students will be invited to participate in an employer-led application process which will take place in 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
  • 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 Social Action Pathway on attending the final ceremony
  • The two successful students will be given formal recognition at the Award ceremony and 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

Assessment Guidelines

Please find job secriptions of the two internship positions available below:

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.

Tuesday, 20th October 2020

Applications open

Please apply here

12 noon, Wednesday 28th October 2020

Applications close

Thursday, 29th 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 & 12th November 2020

Level 1

Social Action employer workshops online

Attend the two available employer workshops - 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

Week commencing 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 Wednesday, 28th October 2020

To apply to the Trinity Employability Award you can complete the Trinity Employability Award - Social Action 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 - Social Action Pathway is open to students in the JS and SS year of their programme in all disciplines in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, not including students of the School of Business who are instead eligible to apply for the Professional Services Pathway.
  • 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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