Birkbeck Careers and Employability programme bring a series of events and seminars designed to support our students who recognise themselves as having a disability. Across six weeks we'll be addressing some important topics and aiming to remove obstacles from ambitious careers with expertise provided from within Birkbeck and from some of our specialised partners.
Alongside the programme we are also conducting research to establish where we can better support both or students and our partner employers where disability is potentially a factor in launching a career. This is being conducted by Harveen Chugh (*bio below) of VIS-3 and we are looking for students to volunteer to meet students to meet Harveen and assist in this research & if you'd like to take part in that research please let us know.
The programme for the event is as follows and where possible we'd like to encourage students to attend as many sessions as possible to get the most from it.
Introductory Session - 16th Feb - 3-5pm - 43 Gordon Square, Room GOR B03
Opening event to talk students through the programme, its origins and its aims. This will include a full introduction to the Careers and Employability Service from one of the team. A short presentation from the disability & wellbeing services on their offer to students. Introduction to Harveen and the research element of the programme whereby students will have a chance to sign up for interviews. Followed by a meet & greet/networking opportunity for all attendees.
Confidence Building/Thinking Positively – 22nd Feb - 3-5pm - MAL B04
A session on the impact of positive thinking and the change that you can experience from changing perspectives. Coupled with a series of self-reflective exercises and group tasks aiming at boosting students confidence.
Disclosure & Identifying the Right Employer with Employ-Ability - 1st March - 3-5pm - MAL B34
Employ-Ability are a charity organisation who support applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment processes of some high profile and aspirational businesses. Including; Google, Goldman Sachs, Shell, JP Morgan, The British Council & Morgan Stanley
Welfare & Self-Management at Work – 9th March - 3-5pm- 43 Gordon Square, Room GOR B03
Looking at the aspects of work which can influence leaving and how to manage these better with a focus on how disability can play a role in this. Including the practical aspects of dealing with management and HR processes along with the more holistic welfare aspects of stress.
Making Applications & Writing CVs - 15th March - 3-5pm - MAL B34
A session to look at the pitfalls of application forms and how to best approach them. Also a chance to discuss the best practice surrounding CVs.
Change 100 – 23nd March - 3-5pm - MAL G15
Change100 brings together the UK’s top employers and talented disabled students and graduates to offer three months of paid work experience.
Since its launch in 2014, Change100 has partnered with over 50 employers across the UK to host interns including Barclays, the BBC, Skanska, Lloyds and Taylor Wimpey.
Birkbeck Careers and Employability Workshops are interactive sessions and we encourage you to come prepared to ask questions and share your thoughts on the topics at hand. We'd also suggest checking out the associated resources on the Careers Portal which you can access through your MyBirkbeck profile.
Please not that these workshops are exclusively for Birkbeck Students & Graduates.