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Short introduction to key concepts around Broadening Horizons outlining concepts around self-reflection, creativity and job awareness activities. Aimed to test interest in running a bespoke full 1......

Short introduction to key concepts around Broadening Horizons outlining concepts around self-reflection, creativity and job awareness activities. Aimed to test interest in running a bespoke full 1 day or 2 day programme at Salford.

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  • Each 'Thinking Hat' is a different style of thinking. These are explained below: White Hat: With this thinking hat you focus on the data available. Look at the information you have, and see what you can learn from it. Look for gaps in your knowledge, and either try to fill them or take account of them. This is where you analyze past trends, and try to extrapolate from historical data. Red Hat: 'Wearing' the red hat, you look at problems using intuition, gut reaction, and emotion. Also try to think how other people will react emotionally. Try to understand the responses of people who do not fully know your reasoning. Black Hat: Using black hat thinking, look at all the bad points of the decision. Look at it cautiously and defensively. Try to see why it might not work. This is important because it highlights the weak points in a plan. It allows you to eliminate them, alter them, or prepare contingency plans to counter them. Black Hat thinking helps to make your plans 'tougher' and more resilient. It can also help you to spot fatal flaws and risks before you embark on a course of action. Black Hat thinking is one of the real benefits of this technique, as many successful people get so used to thinking positively that often they cannot see problems in advance. This leaves them under-prepared for difficulties. Yellow Hat: The yellow hat helps you to think positively. It is the optimistic viewpoint that helps you to see all the benefits of the decision and the value in it. Yellow Hat thinking helps you to keep going when everything looks gloomy and difficult. Green Hat: The Green Hat stands for creativity. This is where you can develop creative solutions to a problem. It is a freewheeling way of thinking, in which there is little criticism of ideas. A whole range of creativity tools can help you here. Blue Hat: The Blue Hat stands for process control. This is the hat worn by people chairing meetings. When running into difficulties because ideas are running dry, they may direct activity into Green Hat thinking. When contingency plans are needed, they will ask for Black Hat thinking, etc. A variant of this technique is to look at problems from the point of view of different professionals (e.g. doctors, architects, sales directors, etc.) or different custo
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  • 1. Broadening Horizons taster Fiona Christie - Senior careers consultant Max Rawlings - HR development consultant
  • 2.
    • To provide a taster of the Broadening horizons career development programme designed by Vitae.
    • To focus on elements around understanding yourself and understanding the market
    • To consider key components around “self”: creativity, career anchors, achievements and challenges
    • To reflect on jobs and the job market
    • To identify next steps
    Aims
  • 3. Where are you heading? Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0) http://www.flickr.com/photos/kawaii77/152237763/
  • 4. Creative thinking Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0) http://www.flickr.com/photos/smemon/4436909284 /
  • 5. Ideas that surprise you
    • In 3s – tell each other what your research area interest is and come up with a topic that could connect each of these topics.
  • 6.
    • Technical/Functional Competence
    • General Management Competence
    • Autonomy/Independence
    • Security/Stability
    • Entrepreneurial Creativity
    • Service/Dedication to a Cause
    • Pure Challenge
    • Lifestyle
    Reflect on yourself: Schein’s Career anchors http://www.your-career-change.com/career-anchors.html
  • 7. Reflect on yourself: Windmills programme http://www.windmillsonline.co.uk /
  • 8. Ask yourself about your achievements and challenges Draw timeline of your life Your key achievements: what do you find most rewarding How do you react to challenges? What do you consider a failure ? Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-ND 2.0) http://www.flickr.com/photos/shaylor/5040702
  • 9. Job analysis A-Z – what appeals?
    • Advertising account manager
    • Advisory teacher
    • Air traffic controller
    • Analytical chemist
    • Antiques dealer
    • Applications developer
    • Arboriculturist
    • Archivist
    • Art therapist
    • Arts administrator
    • Automotive engineer
    • Water quality scientist
    • Web developer
    • Welfare rights adviser
    • Wellsite geologist
    • Wine and spirits retailer
    • Writer
    • Youth hostel manager
    • Youth worker
    • Zookeeper
    http://ww2.prospects.ac.uk/cms/ShowPage/Home_page/Explore_types_of_jobs/p!elmjX
  • 10. Avoid job title trap: What job is this?
    • Commercial and business acumen
    • the ability to work in a team;
    • interpersonal and communication (both oral and written) skills;
    • creativity and innovation;
    • problem-solving ability;
    • Numerical and analytical skills;
    • flexibility;
    • the ability to cope with pressure and challenges.
  • 11. Avoid job title trap: What job is this?
    • strong written and oral communication skills;
    • a keen interest in news, current affairs, business and people;
    • accurate spelling, grammar and punctuation;
    • good organisation skills and the ability to work under pressure to tight deadlines;
    • an ability to grasp complex issues quickly and explain them in simple, concise language;
    • resilience, determination, flexibility, persistence and motivation.
  • 12. Widening Horizons activity
  • 13. Where next?
    • We are hoping to run the programme here at Salford. Let us know if you are interested...
    • http://pgblog.careers.salford.ac.uk/
    • http://www.vitae.ac.uk/researchers
    • http://www.prospects.ac.uk/index.htm