Pathway to Success

Pathway to Success

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What is it?

Our new Pathway to Success programme allows you to develop your skills in areas which are important to you by attending employer events, skills development workshops and completing online activities and courses.

Pathway to Success has been developed to incorporate the key strengths of our co-curricular activities: the STAR Award, Leadership Academy and Aberdeen Employability Boost Award, which will no longer run.

You can find out more about the programme by watching this short video:

How to participate

To participate in the programme, you will need to complete the 'Pathway to Success' application Pathway first. Once your application has been approved, you will be able to access the main 'Pathway to Success'.

We have created a short video on how to access Pathways to help you.

Alternatively, log into CareerConnect and navigate to Pathways (from the CareerConnect dashboard click on the blue circle labelled "Pathways". 

Who can take part?

This programme is available to all University of Aberdeen students, at all levels and any mode of study, as well as University of Aberdeen graduates.

How do I complete Pathway to Success?

You will be able to choose from a wide variety of events and activities to help you to develop your target skills. You will need to complete at least one activity in each category plus a few others to collect 75 points overall and then complete a final reflective assessment. This document will help you to identify which activities you can participate in to develop certain skills.

Activities on offer are:

  • Employer led workshops (15 points, 1-2 hours)
  • Careers and Employability Service facilitated skills development workshops, e.g. Belbin's Team Roles, #IamRemarkable (10 pts, 1-2 hours)
  • Careers and Employability Service CareerBites e.g. career planning, creating a LinkedIn profile (5 points, 30 minutes)
  • Certified external online self-study via iDEA (5 points)
  • Certified external online self-study via FutureLearn (10 points)
  • Completion of other Careers and Employability Pathways (e.g. CV, interview, ABDNConnect) (10 points)

We anticipate that participating in the Pathway will take approximately 12 hours. Of course, you are welcome to complete further activities if these are of interest to you. There are no limits!

Successful completion of your Pathway to Success will be recognised on your Enhanced Transcript.

If you would like to see what a Pathway to Success journey might look like, we have created three case studies to illustrate this:

                

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Will the STAR Award, Leadership Academy and Employability Boost programmes still run?

No. Pathway to Success has been developed to incorporate the key strengths of our co-curricular activities: the STAR Award, Leadership Academy and Aberdeen Employability Boost Award, which will no longer run.

Do I need to have a specific role (such as Class Rep) to participate in Pathway to Success?

No, you don't need to have a role to take part in Pathway to Success.  It's open to everyone!  If you do have a role, think about the skills that you want to develop and how you can apply these skills to that situation.

What skills can I develop through the Pathway to Success?

As part of your application you will be given the opportunity to audit your confidence in a range of skills, and to identify which skills you wish to develop by participating. This list is based on recent employer surveys and  Pathway to Success activities are mapped against these:

  • Resilience
  • Digital skills
  • Managing and organising yourself and your time
  • Innovation and ideation
  • Commercial awareness
  • Problem-solving and analytical skills
  • Teamwork and Leadership
  • Communication and networking
  • Interpersonal and intercultural awareness
  • Negotiation
  • Confidence and self-awareness
  • Presenting yourself effectively
Who can participate in Pathway to Success?

Pathway to Success is open to everyone regardless of subject or year of study. Students based at both the Aberdeen and Qatar campuses as well as those studying online are eligible to participate.

Will workshops be run in person or online?

There will be a mix of online and in-person workshops and students can choose what suits them. Some in-person workshops will be on campus in Aberdeen and some will be on campus in Qatar.

How do I apply?

To apply for the programme, you need to complete the Pathway to Success: Application pathway on CareerConnect. The application pathway takes around 10 minutes to complete.  You will:

  • be asked why you wish to participate
  • identify up to five skills you wish to develop further
  • rate your current level of confidence in these skills.  We will revisit your confidence in these skills at the end of the programme.

Once your application has been verified you will be given access to the main pathway where you can access the activities and events.

Is there a deadline to apply?

There are no application deadlines. Pathway to Success is always open for students to register at a time that suits them against their personal and academic commitments.  Four exit dates mean that students can manage their journey through Pathway to Success alongside, for example, dissertation or field study pressures.

How do I complete the Pathway to Success?

Once we have approved your application, you will have access to the main Pathway and can start completing activities and collecting points.

You will be able to choose from a wide variety of events and activities to help you to develop your target skills. You will need to complete at least one activity in each category plus a few others to collect 75 points overall.

Activities on offer are:

  • Employer led workshops (15 points, 1-2 hours)
  • Careers and Employability Service facilitated skills development workshops, e.g. Belbin's Team Roles, #IamRemarkable (10 pts, 1-2 hours)
  • Careers and Employability Service CareerBites e.g. career planning, creating a LinkedIn profile (5 points, 30 minutes)
  • Certified external online self-study via iDEA (5 points)
  • Certified external online self-study via FutureLearn (10 points)
  • Completion of other Careers and Employability Pathways (e.g. CV, interview, ABDNConnect) (10 points)

We anticipate that participating in the Pathway will take approximately 12 hours. Of course, you are welcome to complete further activities if these are of interest to you. There are no limits!

Do I need to complete the activities in order?

No, you can complete activities in any order that you like. Once you have completed at least one activity in each level, earning you 55 points, a points confirmation will unlock on your Pathway. You will need to complete further activities to make your total up to 75 points before completing the points confirmation.

How do I know how many points I have earned?

You can check your points by opening up each level and adding up the points from each:

How do I access FutureLearn courses?

This document will tell you which FutureLearn courses you can complete as part of Pathway to Success and which skills these will develop for you.

Make sure you log into FutureLearn using the University of Aberdeen landing page. If you do not, you may be charged for courses.

Which iDEA badges should I complete?

This document will tell you which iDEA badges you can complete as part of Pathway to Success and which skills these will develop for you.

Access the iDEA platform at: www.idea.org.uk.

How long will I have to complete the Pathway to Success?

There is no one assessment deadline for Pathway to Success. Instead, you can submit your assessment at any time and we will mark any submissions in line with four "exit dates" throughout the academic year. This should help you to plan your time and complete Pathway to Success alongside co-curricular commitments, academic study, volunteering and part-time job commitments.

In 2022/23, the four exit dates are:

  1. Week 20: 16 December 2022
  2. Week 32: 10 March 2023
  3. Week 41: 12 May 2023
  4. Week 52: 28 July 2023 (not suitable for students graduating in Summer 2023!)
Will my completion of the Pathway to Success be recognised on my Enhanced Transcript?

Yes, once we have approved your assessment, you will have successfully completed Pathway to Success and this will be added to your Enhanced Transcript. (NB: Research postgraduate students do not currently receive an Enhanced Transcript.)