Career and Workplace Skills Series

The Career and Workplace Skills Series covers a range of topics to help you develop:

  • Practical career-planning skills
  • 21st century workplace skills 
  • Understanding of recruitment processes used by Employers

Who should Attend?
All students are welcome to attend.

How are the Sessions delivered?
Sessions will be delivered online via Zoom.

Is there a Certificate of Achievement?
Participants who complete 5 Career and Workplace Skills Sessions in total throughout the year (including the mandatory session ‘What is Employability? Attract Employers With the DCU Graduate Attributes) will receive a certificate of achievement.

Please Note:
Silver Engage Award participants must upload this certificate to their portfolio in order to be eligible for the award. See more information on creating your Silver Engage portfolio here.

Mentorship Programme Participants (second years) must attend at least three of these sessions between Semester 1 and Semester 2. 

Semester 2 Sessions

CV Skills: How to write an effective CV
Thursday 28 Jan, 1-1.50pm
Registration will open on Monday via MyCareer Portal

  • Understand format and layout
  • Develop relevant content
  • Tailoring your CV for specific roles
  • What makes an outstanding CV
  • What employers want from a CV

 

Building Your Personal Brand 1
Tuesday 2 Feb, 1-1.50pm

Registration is now open via MyCareer Portal
This session will help you to build your confidence with the virtual working environment. Join the Careers Service and Gay White, Chartered Work and Organisational Psychologist at the session which will cover:

  • What is Professionalism; Why is it important
  • Online etiquette
  • Navigating the new world of work
  • Your sense of well-being working virtually
  • How to handle the transition from ‘home’ to the ‘virtual office’

 

Building your Personal brand 2
Tuesday 9 Feb, 1-1.50pm

Registration is now open via MyCareer Portal
Join the Careers Service and Jameson / Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard at the session which will cover:

  • Constructing your image – enhancing your personal brand using social media
  • Networking on social media
  • What makes a good profile
  • How social media can help you with your career progression

 

Interview Skills
Wednesday 24 Feb, 1-1.50pm

Registration is now open via MyCareer Portal
Join the Careers Service and Colgate Palmolive at the session which will cover:

  • Format of an interview
  • How to answer interview questions
  • Tips on Online interviewing

 

    How to handle Assessment Centres
    Tuesday 2 March, 1-1.50pm
    Registration is now open via MyCareer Portal

    Assessment Centres are increasingly being used by employers as part of the recruitment and selection process.  Join the Carees Service and Vodafone at the session.

    • What is an Assessment Centre
    • Why employers use an Assessment Centre as part of the recruitment process
    • What employers assess and typical activities, e.g., in-trays exercise, presentations, group discussions and interviews.
    • How to prepare effectively for a virtual assessment centre

     

    What is employability? Attract employers with DCU Graduate Attributes
    Tuesday 9 March, 1-1.50pm

    Registration will open shortly via MyCareer Portal

    This is a repeat of the session that was held in Semester 1.

    • You have graduate attributes - learn where, what and how to identify them
    • Employers want attributes, learn how to use this to your advantage
    • Powerful CVs and interviews using graduate attributes

    Please note: For those taking the Silver Engage Award, this session on Graduate Attributes is mandatory.

     

    Workplace Skills
    Tuesday 16 March, 1-1.50pm

    A panel discussion with employers to discuss key workplace skills employers seek in interns and graduates including teamwork, effective communication, problem solving, resilience, giving and receiving feedback and leadership potential. Employers will discuss why these skills are important, how you can develop these skills during your time at DCU and how you can give examples of these skills on your CVs, application forms, and at interviews.
    Register via MyCareer Portal.

     

    Early Career Progression
    Thursday 25th March, 1-1.50pm

    A panel discussion with employers to hear their perspective on what makes a good first impression once you join an organisation; explore how you progress as an intern or graduate recruit within a company, what factors contribute to this progression, the graduate mindset and, your role with career progression and promotion in an organisation and the employer’s role.
    Register via MyCareer Portal.

    Semester 1 Sessions

    Designing Your Career
    Wed 16th Nov, 1pm-1.30pm

    • Building a successful career, introduction to a model for career planning
    • Navigate your career, learn techniques to help you succeed 
    • Well-being and careers, how to incorporate well-being into your working life

     

    Identify your Strengths
    Wed 25th Nov, 1pm-1.30pm

    All of us have natural strengths that we can leverage to help succeed in life from career discovery, to personal and professional development to contributions to the workplace and society.

    • What are strengths
    • Identify strengths you want to use with your career planning
    • Identify ways in which to develop your skills and strengths further
    • Utilize strengths to be successful beyond university
    • How to use your strengths when you are searching for internships or jobs

     

    Wed 2nd December

    What is employability? Attract employers with DCU Graduate Attributes
    Wed 2nd Dec, 1pm-1.45pm

    • You have graduate attributes - learn where, what and how to identify them
    • Employers want attributes, learn how to use this to your advantage
    • Powerful CVs and interviews using graduate attributes
    • This session will be repeated in Semester 2.