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Thames Valley Branch Autumn Conference – Strategic career navigation through uncertain times

CIPD Thames Valley Branch

Thursday, 6 October 2016 from 16:00 to 20:00 (BST)

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Ticket Type Sales End Price * Fee Quantity
Member (PAID) 6 Oct 2016 £45.00 £0.00
Non-Member (PAID) 6 Oct 2016 £65.00 £0.00
Team member 6 Oct 2016 Free £0.00
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4pm for 4.30pm start


Your career can be a smooth path through calm waters, feel like a stagnant pool devoid of sunlight or a rocky ride across with dangerous surf and undercurrents dragging you down. Throughout your career, it is likely to change, but what is important is to know what career horizon you are heading towards, to be the skipper of your own boat, check the weather forecast before you set sail and to carry a compass and other up to date essential equipment to cover all eventualities. 


We live in an unprecedented time of change in the world of work. Uncertainty abounds, which makes it hard to plan but means that it’s important to have a plan B (and C). Staying in harbour and doing nothing is not wise. You may fall overboard and need a lifebelt, or the wind may change direction suddenly making you need to tack in a different direction. 


It has never been more important for you to take responsibility for your own career, and to make informed career choices from a strong foundation of self-awareness supported by the confidence to effectively to “brand” and market yourself.


Historically, many employees have abdicated responsibility for their career to their employer. In a highly competitive world, particularly if you opt to leave the corporate world and become self-employed, there is a growing need to differentiate yourself with a clear personal brand.


The tide is certainly turning. If futurists and economists are to be believed, by 2020, half of workers will be self-employed, many of us will have a portfolio career, and be competing and bidding for projects via Trip Advisor sites, with ratings for all to see. Employers will have a smaller permanent head count, with fierce competition for the relatively secure rewards this brings. What is your career strategy and plan to navigate these unchartered waters? Have you even had a chance to look at the forecast and start thinking about what you might need?


The Thames Valley CIPD Branch Autumn conference will look at ‘Strategic career navigation through uncertain times’. Join us on Thursday 6 October in Reading to hear about new approaches to career management, find out about the support available from CIPD for HR careers and use this opportunity to reflect about your career to date and consider what may come next. Strategic yet practical in approach, there will be plenty of opportunities to network with peers and share experiences. This event is aimed at mid to senior level HR, L&D, OD and Talent professionals who are either considering how to best develop their own career or who are involved in advising on or managing talent in HR and business teams.  





Our speakers:

Lindsay Allen, Vice-Chair of Thames Valley CIPD Branch and Senior Consultant - People and Organisation, PwC, will be hosting the event and sharing her perspective on trends affecting HR careers.

Sarah Koppen, CPD and Career Solutions lead at CIPD will share the career resources in the CIPD Career Hub and CPD that members benefit from. 

James Parsons of Untapped Talent will share his career model ‘An intelligent career model for the 21st century’, a framework to think about who you are, what you want and how to get it in your career.

Rachel Brushfield of Energise - The Talent Liberation Company, will run a Masterclass in practical career planning, including emerging work trends, career audit exercises, small group discussion and brainstorming. A goody bag with useful tips will be provided for guests. The event will end with time for reflection and action planning.



A finger buffet and refreshments are included in the ticket price of £45 (including VAT). If you’d like to come along, why not take advantage of our “early bird” rate of £35 (including VAT) – available if you book your place by 15 September 2016. Please note that the ticket price for non-CIPD members is £50 for an “early bird” booking or £65 after 15 September (including VAT). Receipts can be provided on request.

Only a limited number of places are available so early booking is recommended. 





Clouds are on the horizon... be sure to take action now to secure your place, use this opportunity to reflect and plan, so you can be in the best possible position to navigate the waters ahead.





Professional photography and video production may be taking place at the event, and these images may be used on future promotional materials for CIPD. Please note that by attending the event, you are giving your consent for your image to be used on any CIPD promotional materials.



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What refreshments will be on offer?

A light buffet, tea and coffee will be provided.

What is the refund policy?

If you cancel your place before 5pm on Thursday 22nd September you will receive a full refund. Any cancellations received after this time will not qualify for a refund.

Do you have questions about Thames Valley Branch Autumn Conference – Strategic career navigation through uncertain times? Contact CIPD Thames Valley Branch

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The Conference Centre
100 Longwater Avenue
Green Park
RG2 6GP Reading
United Kingdom

Thursday, 6 October 2016 from 16:00 to 20:00 (BST)

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CIPD Thames Valley Branch

Thames Valley Branch is one of the largest CIPD branches in the country with over 4,300 members across Oxfordshire, Berkshire and North Hampshire.

We aim to support, inform and inspire everyone who has an interest in people management in the Thames Valley area. We offer an integrated programme of events throughout the year designed to meet the needs of our members, from students to senior practitioners, which provides opportunities for networking and continuous professional development. We offer specialist events and conferences focusing on specific groups of members and/or key HR and Development topics. We have two Special Interest Groups (SIGs): one for Independent Consultants, and one for members with an interest in Coaching and Mentoring.

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