Graduate Plus+

Graduate Plus + is a unique and innovative professional skills programme designed exclusively for final year Arts and Humanities undergraduates, running throughout the autumn semester. Take advantage of the range of workshops available to you to ensure that you are perfectly prepared for graduation and beyond. Graduate Plus+ is:

  • Online - all the sessions will be delivered online. All sessions will be delivered ‘live’ via Big Blue Button on Canvas Conference system
  • Flexible - students can attend any / all session
  • Informative - each session aligns with and is complementary to the Careers & Employability autumn programme of events run centrally
  • Exclusive - you can gain a qualification / certification with each session

Graduate Plus+ sessions are taking place from Wednesday 7 October - Wednesday 18 November at 2pm.

Book your place on Graduate Plus+ now via Target Connect.

Graduate Plus+ session schedule

Personal and Professional Development Planning - Lena Bauchop, Careers and Employability Service - 7 October 2020

Workshop delivered by Careers and Employability Service

Life is a journey and the knowledge of who you are acts like a compass –even if you do not know your precise career goal, you can still set off on a journey of exploration and act purposefully. If you feel you are lacking direction and wanting to develop a sense of meaning in your life, this is the session for you!

A refresher on the psychological benefits of developing a sense of meaning and being able to set your own goals.

  • Identify your key strengths
  • Define your values in your life and the extent to which you are living them.
  • Brainstorm possible career options

Imagine a future self where you have developed a rewarding lifestyle that aligns with your values

Devise a plan with practical and specific steps to move you forward towards your personal and professional goals.



Tech for ‘non-techies’- Hannah Dewar, FDM Group - 14 October 2020

In today’s climate, technology influences almost everything we do. That’s why at FDM Group we are passionate about equipping students & graduates with the skills to shape our digital future.

 This Introductory session will give you an overview of FDM and an insight into what a career within the technology industry would look like. We will also showcase the success stories of graduates that have pursued careers in everything from Software Development to Business Intelligence Development regardless of their degree disciplines!

Following on from this session FDM are pleased to be presenting their Digital Bootcamp- a four part series that will equip you with a varied technical skill-set that includes Excel part 1 and 2, and the programming languages HTML and Python.

Students are invited to take advantage of this free opportunity to develop their digital skills and receive a certificate evidencing the skills acquired that can be added to their CV. Sign-up for these workshops will be via Target Connect.

Virtual Interview Masterclass – Graeme Butler, Enterprise Rent-a Car - 21 October 2020

This short webinar introduces participants to the Target Jobs Undergraduate Employer of the year 2013 & 2016 Enterprise Rent-A-Car, showcasing opportunities across Scotland in fast track general management. 

It also introduces our fantastic 3 part webinar series - Interview Masterclass - taking you through the complete interview process, and providing useful tips to help you perform to the best of your ability in upcoming interviews. The Career and Employability Service will host the Webinars and bookings can be made via TargetConnect. 

  1. Preparation Prevents Poor Performance! (PPPP)
  2. Competency Vs Strength Vs Pre Recorded Vs Virtual – that’s a whole load of different interviews!

3 .I made it to the end of the interview…what next?

Successful completion of these webinars will entitle you to a certificate to add to your digital CV too!

Future Fit? - Anne Davidson, Scottish Institute for Enterprise (SIE) - 4 November 2020

This workshop will enable you to examine your skills, competencies and expertise in to the context of the pace of change and understand how various sectors and industries will respond to this change. You will gain an insight into the skills and competencies future employers will be looking for and develop further essential tools and techniques to enable you to boost your CV to meet the future world of work

Attendees of this session will receive the Scottish Innovative Student Award (SISA) Level 1 qualification and gain access to the Level 2 Qualification national event taking place later in the Semester.

The Power of Purpose in a Portfolio Career – Laura Westring - 11 November 2020

‘There's no getting around it, graduating in a recession is less than ideal and starting your career can feel like an uphill battle at the best of times, but Laura Westring wants you to know that there is no such thing as a bad decision. Even recessions have unexpected upsides, so before you listen to everyone telling you what's not possible, start tuning into your passions, because therein lies your superpower! ‘

In this session, Laura talks about how her humanities degree took her from political speech writing to tech startups and entrepreneurship, before taking your questions.

Conquer the Graduate Job Search – Lena Bauchop, Careers and Employability Service - 18 November 2020

Graduate Training Programmes (GTP) are popular with graduates wanting to fast track into professional careers such as Marketing, HR, Buying, Finance or General Management. But are they really open to Arts and Humanities students -or do employers actually prefer students with a business / numeracy degree? If you thought that GTP are not for you, then think again! This session will dispel some myths, give you an overview of the opportunities available and provide you with an insight into the selection process:

  • Learn about employer requirements
  • Identify and articulate your relevant skills and experience
  • Identify the key things to do at each step of the recruitment process
  • Create your own action plan and time line
  • Undertake an assessment centre style activity