TU Career Development Centre offers a wide range of information and assistance enabling students to develop career learning and decision-making skills and research employment opportunities. Through a variety of careers education initiatives we aim to ensure that students:
- Reach a competent level of self -awareness in relation to their skills, aptitudes, personality and interests.
- Develop a knowledge of decision-making techniques and apply them in creating a personal career plan.
- Complete research into occupational profiles and the range of opportunities available.
- Promote themselves effectively in written and verbal communications, e.g. CVs, application forms, interviews and presentations.
- Network effectively and maximise exposure to career opportunities both advertised and speculative.
- Develop the ability to critically evaluate personal progress and adapt a strategic approach to handling changing circumstances
- Enhance their employability and reach their career potential.
What does careers education involve and how do we provide it?
We offer an award winning accredited Career Development Learning (CDL) programme/workshop, curriculum integrated programmes and a series of bespoke workshops covering the following areas.
- Career and personal motivation
- Occupational research
- Employer contacts and networking
- Making applications and performing at interviews.
Why are career development skills so important and why do students need them?
- Career development skills are critical to employability
- Economic downturn has meant fewer graduate jobs
- Fewer graduates in traditional graduate jobs
- No jobs for life
- More graduates in small/medium companies
- More graduates are self-employed
- Need to expect and plan for change and cope with uncertainty
- Need to continue learning to stay employable
- Flexible working arrangements
To discuss a career development learning initiative for your students contact the Career Coach assigned to your college