Why reflection matters to you. This mentoring experience can be something good you do for others, or it can be a journey that you take for yourself…as well.
ttp://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/clms/research/employabilityI have been asked by CLMS to give a conference presentation from a practitioners point of view during the above event. I have met with Paul Conville and Reka Plugor to discuss the session in terms of audience and scope.http://www.scribd.com/fullscreen/90813744?access_key=key-11an73pol7ed8d9i4lfh
Spend 2 minutes talking to the people on your table/ your neighbour, what do you already know about employability awards within HEIs. If the answer is nothing, give the second question some thought.
Where did they come from? Employability Awards have been around for about 10 years. Leicester was among some of the earliest to be established, along with York and Exeter. Over 100 institutions have a version of an employability award.These days, the motivation of institutions to establish awards is generally to help student address the two questions above. 1) What do employers want…..unpacking the world of work including recruitment processes and also 2) helping students to be able to articulate the skills and experiences they are having at University to a future employer. This motivation obviously comes from a fixation on DLHE statistics and employability league table position. Having said that, many Awards also manage to have a career guidance/ career management aspect, and in the case of the Leicester Award a focus on lifewide learning and developing reflective habits. Some sound bites for our Alumni.
At the University of Leicester, the award exists entirely in the extra-curricular space. It is the universities way of helping students to develop capabilities by providing extra-curricular experiences combined with the opportunities to reflect and experiment. Sometimes this is through a ‘real’ experience such as a volunteering placement, or workign as a course rep and often it is through a simulation such as a business game or challenge. The Leicester Award was originally developed using Kolbs experiential learning cycle as a basis. Students are having experiences, we just help them to focus on what they want to develop through these experiences.
Cross institutional: The Students Union, Widening Participation, Volunteering, Employer Liaison, Business and Enterprise, and the Careers Service. We have over 600 students successfully engaged with the award this year, 1000 next year.Students can engage through many different experiences, as you can see here, Via our enterprise training programmes, by being a mentor, volunteering in classrooms etc.
The core to all of these experiences is the reflective process they are asked to go through.
The main innovation from this year was the introduction of reflective blog. We have asked them to blog using wordpress because we are hoping to help them to develop reflective habits that they will take on through life. It also provides a personal development narrative which help us with career guidanceCollating relevant evidence..enabling reflection.
It also helps them to understand themselves
Using the form provided consider the skills you already have, and also the skills you might be able to develop or improve through mentoring?
“The highest reward for a person’s toil is not what they get for it, but what they become by it”. John Ruskin
The Leicester Award for Employability Skills• What we are doing at Leicester• Experiential learning and reflection• Q and A• (If we get time) the wider picture AGCAS survey
What do you already know?• Leicester Award for Employability• Birmingham PSA• Nottingham Advantage• York AwardWhat do you think of the term employability skills?
Concrete Experience Active Reflective Experimentation Observation Abstract ConceptualisationReference: Kolb D.A. (1984) Experiential Learning experience as a source of learning and development, New Jersey: Prentice Hall
Core Unit Experiential Context Capabilities audit Extracurricular activityDevelopment plan Supportive training Reflective blog Final oral presentationCareer management task
Why do this? What experience do you have of working in teams? Team working Networking IT Skills IT Skills Communication IT SkillsTeam working Team working Team working Team working Networking Work Communication Team working Placement
“The strong link between narrative and meaningmaking has the potential to extend the impact ofreflective practice beyond the development of practicalskills and knowledge into a deeper examination ofprofessional purpose and identity”.Winter, D (2012). Narrative techniques in reflective practice. Journal of the NationalInstitute for Career Education and Counselling, 28, 21-29
Reflective blogging focus groups• Motivation through personalisation, and frequency of use.• The use of a structured approach to the posts.• Reinforcement of skills learnt, by reflection.• Continued specific use after the award.• Behaviour change
“I think it made me realise that I had, had experiences, I thinklike without it,…if I hadn’t reflected on what I had done as acaptain, I think I would have just thought ‘I lead a walk’, whereas actually, I lead a walk, I had to plan everything before it, andto plan it I had to organise my time efficiently and then…sowhen we were on the walk we got lost, so I had to solve thatproblem, and someone was taken ill and I had to decide what todo with them, and then, this car park was closed, so I had toflexible and go somewhere else….so I think if I hadn’t beenwriting about what I had done, it wouldn’t have clicked with methat I had had a vast experience from it”Leicester Award Student
“Reflection enables individuals to make sense of theirlived experiences through examining such experiencesin context”Eby, M. (2000) Understanding professional development. In Brechin, A., Brown, H. andEby, M. (eds) Critical Practice in Health and Social Care pp. 48–72.London: Sage.
Reflection• What themes have emerged from todays conference that are relevant to your work?• How would you describe your relationship with employability, and why? a) A quest b) A confrontation/challenge c) An exploration d) Other• Any questions?
Keep in Touchwww.UoLLeicesteraward.wordpress.comZara HooleyLeicester Award CoordinatorCareer ServiceUniversity of LeicesterZH34@le.ac.ukTwitter @ZaraHooley
AGCAS Task group2010/11 survey headlines67 institutions responded67% Awards run by Careers Service61% had less than 250 students participating50% of the awards were endorsed by employers