October 2020 Virtual Programme

What is it?

The Aberdeen Employability Boost Award is a programme of live workshops, Mini Career Courses, employer-led sector insight sessions and a series of self-assessment exercises. By participating you will:

  • learn key skills and attributes sought by employers
  • understand how to stand out in job applications
  • maximise your employability
  • gain an Award to evidence your development on your CV and LinkedIn profile

Regardless of your year of study, participating in the Aberdeen Employability Boost Award will set you on the path to career success. From learning about virtual recruitment practices and career planning to sessions on resilience and the importance of commercial awareness, the Aberdeen Employability Boost Award will inspire confidence and recognise your commitment to professional development. The Award is an accredited element of the Level 1 Scottish Innovative Student Award (SISA). For further information on the Scottish Innovative Student Award, please visit www.sie.ac.uk/sisa.

How to participate

The Award is run through CareerConnect Pathways. You need to join the pathway to start the Award and this will be available from Sunday 27th September. Once you have joined the Pathway, you will be able to commence the activities towards the Award from Thursday 1st October 2020.

You start with the Bronze pathway and need to complete 3 levels. You will then gain access to the Silver Pathway and to achieve this you must complete a further 3 levels. Finally, you will be given access to the Gold Pathway to complete a final 3 levels.

Events and activities for Week beginning Monday 28th September

Thursday 1st October

  • Live chat with Careers Adviser for School of Law, 11.00am-12.00noon
  • Live chat with Careers Adviser for School of Social Sciences, 2.00pm-3.00pm
  • Career eBite on "Prepare for the Law fair", 3.30pm-4.00pm

Friday 2nd October

  • Connect, Inspire, Succeed Series: "What is Personal Branding?", 10.00am-11.00am
  • Live chat with Careers Adviser for School of Engineering, 11.00am-12.00noon
  • Live chat with Careers Adviser for Business School (Aberdeen), 2.00pm-3.00pm
Events and activities for Week beginning Monday 5th October

Monday 5th October

  • Law Traineeship and Work Experience Fair, 10.00am-12noon and 1.00pm-3.00pm

Tuesday 6th October

  • Live chat with Careers Adviser for School of Education, 10.30am-11.30am
  • TARGETjobs Virtual Careers Fair, 12noon-6.00pm
  • Live chat with Careers Adviser for Business School (Qatar), 2.00pm-3.00pm (Qatar time)
  • Live chat with Careers Adviser for School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition (MMSN), 2.00pm-3.00pm

Wednesday 7th October

  • Live chat with Careers Adviser for School of Natural and Computing Sciences (NCS), 10.00am-11.00am
  • Live chat with Careers Adviser for School of Biological Sciences, 11.00am-12noon
  • Career eBite: "Career Planning", 12.30pm-1.00pm
  • Live chat with Careers Adviser for School of Divinity, History and Philosophy (DHP), 2.00pm-3.00pm 

Thursday 8th October

  • Live chat with Careers Adviser for School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture (LLMVC), 10.30am-11.30am
  • Live chat with Careers Adviser for School of Geosciences, 2.00pm-3.00pm
  • Career eBite: "Finding Work Experience and Virtual Internships", 3.30pm-4.00pm

Friday 9th October

  • Career eBite: "Creating CVs", 10.00am-10.30am
  • Live chat with Careers Adviser for School Psychology, 11.00am-12.00noon
  • Career eBite: "Beyond Boost - the Co-curriculum", 2.00pm-3.00pm

 

Events and activities for week beginning Monday 12th October

Monday 12th October

  • Career eBite: "Applying for a Postgraduate Masters", 10.00am-10.30am
  • Connect, Inspire, Succeed Series: "Environment sector insights: Alumni", 9.00am-10.00am 
  • Connect, Inspire, Succeed Series: "Law sector insights: Employers", 10.00am-11.00am 
  • Connect, Inspire, Succeed Series: "Energy sector insights", 1.30pm-2.30pm and 3.00pm-4.00pm

Tuesday 13th October

  • Scottish Graduate Fair (virtual) 2020, 10.00am-4.00pm
  • Career eBite: "LinkedIn: Getting started with building your professional profile", 11.30am-12.00noon
  • Career eBite: "Finding graduate jobs", 2.30pm-3.00pm

Wednesday 14th October

  • Connect, Inspire, Succeed Series: "Digital sector insights", 10.30am-11.30am and 12noon-1.00pm - CANCELLED. 
  • Career eBite: "Successful applications", 2.00pm-2.30pm
  • Connect, Inspire, Succeed Series: "Building Resilience", 3.00pm-4.00pm

Thursday 15th October

  • Connect, Inspire, Succeed Series: "Networking made easy", 10.00am-11.00am
  • Career eBite: "Making appropriate connections and job searching with LinkedIn", 11.30am-12noon

Friday 16th October

  • Career eBite: "Preparing Covering letters", 10.00am-10.30am
  • Connect, Inspire, Succeed Series: "Finance sector insights", 1.00pm-2.00pm and 2.30pm-3.30pm
Events and activities for week beginning Monday 19th October

Monday 19th October

  • Connect, Inspire, Succeed Series: "Environment sector insights: Employers", 10.00am-11.00am 
  • Connect, Inspire, Succeed Series: "Law sector insights: Alumni",  11.30am-12.30pm 
  • Career eBite: "Creating CVs", 2.00pm-2.30pm
  • Connect, Inspire, Succeed Series: "What is Commercial Awareness?", 3.00pm-4.00pm

QATAR TIME: Connect, Inspire, Succeed Series: "What are enterprising and entrepreneurial skills?", 3.00-4.00pm 

Tuesday 20th October

  • Career eBite: "Finding work experience", 11.00am-11.30am
  • Connect, Inspire, Succeed Series: "Virtual recruitment practices", 12.00noon-1.00pm
  • Connect, Inspire, Succeed Series: "Assessment centres", 2.30pm-3.30pm

Wednesday 21st October

  • Career eBite: "Finding graduate jobs", 11.00am-11.30am
  • Connect, Inspire, Succeed Series: "Life Sciences sector insights", 1.00pm-2.00pm and 2.30pm-3.30pm

Thursday 22nd October

  • Live chat with Careers Adviser for School of Law, 10.00am-11.00am
  • Career eBite: "Preparing Covering letters", 12.00noon-12.30pm
  • Live chat with Careers Adviser for School of Biological Sciences, 2.00pm-3.00pm
  • Career eBite: "Applying for Postgraduate Masters", 3.30pm-4.00pm

Friday 23rd October

  • Connect, Inspire, Succeed Series: "What are enterprising and entrepreneurial skills?", 11.00am-12.00noon
  • Career eBite: "Career planning", 2.00pm-2.30pm
  • Live chat with Careers Adviser for School of Education, 3.00pm-4.00pm
Events and activities for week beginning Monday 26th October

Monday 26th October

  • Career eBite: "Successful applications", 10.00am-10.30am
  • Live chat with Careers Adviser for School of Geosciences, 11.00am-12.00noon
  • Live chat with Careers Adviser for School of Divinity, History and Philosophy (DHP), 2.00pm-3.00pm

QATAR TIME: Connect, Inspire, Succeed Series: "What is Personal Branding?", 4.00pm-5.00pm (Qatar time)

Tuesday 27th October

  • Live chat with Careers Adviser for School of Social Science, 10.00am-11.00am
  • Live chat with Careers Adviser for School of Psychology, 2.00pm-3.00pm
  • Career eBite: "LinkedIn: Getting started with building your professional profile", 3.30pm-4.00pm

Wednesday 28th October

  • Live chat with Careers Adviser for School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture (LLMVC), 11.00am-12.00noon
  • Live chat with Careers Adviser for School of Engineering, 3.30pm-4.30pm

QATAR TIME: Connect, Inspire, Succeed Series: "Qatar Business and Finance sector insights", 4.00pm-5.00pm 

Thursday 29th October

  • Live chat with Careers Adviser for Business School (Aberdeen), 10.00am-11.00am
  • Live chat with Careers Adviser for Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition (MMSN), 12.00noon-1.00pm
  • Live chat with Careers Adviser for Natural and Computing Sciences (NCS), 2.00pm-3.00pm
  • Career eBite: "Making appropriate connections and job searching with LinkedIn", 3.30pm-4.00pm

QATAR TIME: Live chat with Careers Adviser for Business School (Qatar), 1.00pm-2.00pm

Friday 30th October

  • Career eBite: "Applying for the PGDE (Teaching) in Scotland", 10.00am-10.30am
  • Connect, Inspire, Succeed Series: "Diversity and inclusive recruitment", 11.00am-12.00noon - CANCELLED
FAQs
Why can't I see the Silver or Gold Pathways?

Once you have completed the Bronze Boost Award, you will automatically be added to the Silver Boost Pathway and, once you have completed this, you will then automatically be added to the Gold Boost Pathway. You won't see these Pathways until you have completed your current level of Pathway.

In what time zone are event times displayed on CareerConnect?

For Qatar students, appointment and event times are in Qatar time (unless stated otherwise). For all other students, appointment and event times are in UK time (unless stated otherwise).

Can graduates participate in the Employability Boost programme?

Yes, graduates are welcome to participate. You will need to have registered for Graduate access to CareerConnect. Register now

Is there a deadline for completing each of the Pathways?

Yes and no. You can continue to complete some activities as part of the Aberdeen Employability Boost Award but events which count towards your Boost Award run only during October 2020, and then again during February and May 2021. If you haven't quite completed a Pathway in October, you can complete it during the February or May Boost months.

How do I find Pathways on CareerConnect?

From the CareerConnect dashboard click on the blue circle labelled "Pathways". We have created a short video on how to access Pathways to help you.

Do I need to register for the Boost Award?

No, there is no formal registration process. However, you do need to "start" the pathway in CareerConnect (available now). Once you have joined the Pathway, you will be able to commence the activities towards the Award from Thursday 1st October 2020.

Will the Award be included on my Enhanced Transcript?

No, but all levels of the Boost Award are an accredited element of the Level 1 Scottish Innovative Student Award (SISA). For each Pathway you complete you will also receive a digital certificate which can be added to your LinkedIn Profile.

I participated in the May Employability Boost programme. Can I participate in the October programme as well?

Yes, you are welcome to participate in the October programme but please note the different procedures for achieving the Award. See our guide for more information.

I have unlocked a level but I cannot access the activities as they are greyed out.

Please ensure you have clicked 'Submit' on the introduction on the first level.

Will the sessions be recorded?

Most of the live sessions will not be recorded but several of them are repeated during the month. If you cannot attend a session we have other resources (eg Mini Career Courses), which cover the same topics, for which you can gain recognition for completing. For those sessions that will be run by external speakers, we will be recording them but the recording will not be made available until later in the term.

I have submitted an interview on Shortlist.me and received feedback but it does not show as verified on Pathways.

You need to ensure you have clicked 'Submit' on the Shortlist.me activity to allow us to verify your interview has been completed.

I have attended an event but it has not unlocked the next level, do I need to do anything?

Event attendance is verified and updated by us so you do not need to do anything on the Pathway. However, we will not update attendance until after 3pm on the next business day.

I have a question which is not covered by the FAQs. Who can I contact?

Please email careers@abdn.ac.uk.

Access the resources

Click/ tap the button below to find links to Tiny Bite videos, Mini Career Courses and self-assessment exercises for the Employability Boost programme. 

Information and Feedback from the May 2020 Aberdeen Employability Boost Award

Our programme was chosen as a case study for a Universities UK campaign to highlight the support available to graduates in a post-Covid economy.

Thank you to the students and graduates who shared their experience of the Aberdeen Employability Boost Award which can be viewed below.