What are career management skills?

All universities in some form provide career management skills in the form of careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) to their students, and this is also an expectation of the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, who have a code of practice on the provision of CEIAG.

At Stirling this service is delivered by the Careers and Employability Service, whose mission statement is By providing high quality careers information, education and guidance, the Careers and Employability Service at the University of Stirling endeavours to empower clients to make informed career decisions and develop life long career management skills.’ They aim to achieve this by providing a professional, high quality, careers education, information and guidance service to students, graduates and pre-university entrants. This will be met by working collaboratively with employers and the University.

All students and graduates are free to access the wide range of services available, for example one to one guidance, finding employment, attendance at workshops and events, credit bearing modules in career management skills and/or work experience or utilising the wide ranging information resources. 

The CES works extensively with employers and opportunity providers to promote Stirling and its students and to generate opportunities. Within the institution, CES works with academic colleagues to provide input on career management skills within and alongside the curriculum.

Career Development Centre’s approach to working with Schools

The Career Development Centre works in partnership with Divisions and Schools across the year groups using a variety of interventions to inform and support students in their career and employability journey. In parallel with the CDC’s year round service to all students they have developed a specific year group focus which is aligned to best practice in careers education, information, advice and guidance. 

Key messages

Getting the most out of university: Maximise your  student  experience

Aims

  • Emphasis on maximising the student experience
  • Confidence building
  • To encourage students to use the Career Development Centre and the Jobshop

Core activities

10-15 min induction talk (autumn semester)

Key messages

Getting the most out of university: Developing your CV

Aims

  • To encourage students to gain relevant work experience
  • Identifying and articulating skills set (transferable skills)
  • To encourage students to start thinking ahead to future career planning

Core activities

10-15 min introductory talk on how the Career Development Centre can help (spring semester)

Key messages

Finding the right career path for me

Aims

  • Understanding graduate attributes
  • Career planning
  • Gaining relevant work experience
  • Core activities

Core activities

1 hour career planning workshop  (spring semester)

Key messages

Your Career: Taking Action

Aims

  • Focus on job hunting
  • Application/ interview skills
  • Options and career planning

Core activities

10-15 min introductory talk on how the Career Development Centre can help final year students (autumn semester)

Key messages

Your Career: Taking Action

Aims

We respond directly to Postgraduate student needs as they visit the Career Development Centre, and offer workshops in divisions and programmes as appropriate.

Core activities

Bespoke to division needs

Why is it important?

There is an essential connection between CEIAG and the development of employability and career management skills in preparing students to successfully manage the transition from University and their longer term career development.

As the labour market becomes more uncertain and varied the range of opportunities taken up by graduates is broader, and individual career patterns are increasingly varied and unpredictable. As a result it is more important than ever for students and graduates to take ownership for managing their own career development throughout their working lives. The career management skills that students and graduates need to have to enable them to effectively manage their careers include being able to reflect and review, to have the ability to consider and make decisions, and to know how to create and take opportunities.

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