Skip to 0 minutes and 11 secondsHello, welcome to this Future Learn course, Prepare for Career Success at University. My name's Helen Kempster, and I'm a senior careers consultant here at Goldmisths University of London, which is part of the careers group. I'll be your educator on this course, and I'm really looking forward to hearing all your contributions throughout the course and taking part in discussions with you. As a careers consultant I've got a lot of experience working with prospective university students, current students, and graduates to help them realize their potential. Throughout this course I'll be sharing the expertise with you, but I'm also really interested to hear from you your experiences, your contributions to discussions. And also to help you support each other with your career goals.

Skip to 0 minutes and 48 secondsThe aim of this course is to help you prepare for university and also start thinking about your future career. I know that when you're choosing a university and a course, you're not just thinking about the course, you're thinking about the future prospects as well. Where might that course take you, what sort of job options might be available to you? This course will help you think about that and also really to help you make the most of the opportunities that you'll have whilst you're studying at university.

Skip to 1 minute and 21 secondsSo why have I created this course? As a careers consultant in a university, I know how important it is to start thinking about your career and developing your skills while you're still studying. But it's not just me the thinks that, employers think so too. In 2015, the Confederation of British Industry carried out a survey with a range of employers and they asked them what the most important factors were when they were recruiting graduates. By far, the most important factor, which 89% of employers said was the most important, were the attitudes and aptitudes that that graduate had for work. What that means is the employability skills that they had.

Skip to 1 minute and 56 secondsThings like being able to work in a team, communicate with other people, or organize their time. This factor, the attitudes and aptitudes for work, was considered more important than the university that the graduate had studied, what subject they studied, the result that they gained in their degree, or what work experience specifically they had. So through this course, we're going to help you think about how you can develop these attitudes and aptitudes that will help you to gain career success when you graduate from university. This course takes place over three weeks. Each week we'll aim to answer a different question. In week one, the question is, who am I?

Skip to 2 minutes and 31 secondsYou'll explore your skills, values, and interests, and think about how these might relate to future career. Understanding this about yourself is a really important first step in thinking about your future path. In week two the question we'll aim to answer is, how can I get myself ready for the future? We'll think about the importance of employability and skill development and talk about how important university is in helping you to prepare and develop those skills. An important part of week two is putting together an action plan, which will help you consider how to achieve your goals in the future. In week three the question we'll look at is where am I heading?

Skip to 3 minutes and 6 secondsWe'll look at the graduate labor market and the job options that might be available to you once you finish university. We'll think about how you can research your career options and where you can get further support with making those choices. Finally, we'll look at the models of decision making so that you can figure out how to make the best decision for you. Throughout the course, as the educator I'll be providing you with some of the key ideas and concepts that we're going to look up. It's also really important that you engage with the course too through the discussions, forums, and other activities.

Skip to 3 minutes and 33 secondsYou'll also get the chance to engage with your peers who are taking the course alongside you and support each other. Now let's look at a bit more detail about what we'll cover in this first week. We'll start off by looking at the concept of a career. We all think we know what we mean when we use the word "career," but what does it actually mean to you? And how might how you think of a career impact on how you think about your future plans? We'll then look at your skills, values, and interests. So we're thinking about what you enjoy, what's important to you, and what you're good at, and how this might help you develop in future.

Skip to 4 minutes and 1 secondFinally, we'll move on to look at what a university is for in this context and how it can help you to develop your skills. I really hope you enjoy the course. And I'm really looking forward to going on this learning journey with you.

Welcome to the course

I’m Helen Kempster, Senior Careers Consultant at Goldsmiths, University of London and Lead Educator on this course.

In this video, I’ll be introducing you to the course and its aims and explain what you can expect to learn from the course.

Each week we will be considering one key question and providing some tools and strategies to help you develop a plan:

  • Week 1: Who am I?
  • Week 2: How can I get myself ready for the future?
  • Week 3: Where am I heading?

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Prepare for Career Success at University

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