The Let’s Grow programme falls under the umbrella of the Centre for Student Engagement, Wellbeing and Success (SEWS). Let’s Grow promotes a person-centered approach to personal and professional development. All students and alumni will be well-prepared to take on the challenges of postgraduate study, employment, self-employment or entrepreneurship, and lead lives that are rewarding and constructive. Furthermore, students will be able to communicate their skills and experiences effectively to a range of audiences from employers to investors.
Let’s Grow is delivered through three main channels. Firstly, in timetabled online lecture visits which cover broader employability themes such as ‘Searching and Applying for Internships and Placements and ‘What’s Your Next Move.’ These visits are followed up by weekly Employability Workshops which allow students to explore Let’s Grow lecture themes in more detail, practice CV/LinkedIn and Cover letter writing, and receive internship and job application support. Secondly, Let’s Grow is delivered through extracurricular online employability events, which are often discipline focused and run by industry professionals. This enables students to access first-hand industry expertise, including talks from professional bodies such as CIMA, ACCA, CILEx, and CMI. Finally, Let’s Grow also offers students one-to-one employability support and advice.
Let’s Grow is supported by a Canvas module where students can map their personal and career development through tools such as a personal development template and career planner quiz. Such tools guide progress and give students the opportunity to reflect on where they are in life, where they want to go, and how they are going to get there. There are also links to online IT and discipline specific courses, allowing students to actively drive their learning. Details of all Let’s Grow activities as well as job and internship opportunities are published on the Canvas site and Let’s Grow web pages, and a newsletter of the week’s key events ensures that activities are signposted.
An Enhanced Certificate and Reference is used to incentivise student engagement with Let’s Grow. The programme delivery structure ensures students have every opportunity to focus on their personal and career development, which in turn enhances students’ skill set. The programme also gives students the opportunity to meet new people and build networks which will support them in their professional life.
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To find out more log on to the Let’s Grow module on Canvas: https://canvas.bil.ac.uk/courses/525