Currently, the Careers Office of UMK conducts:
- workshops entitled "A Good Start"
- courses and training as part of the project entitled "Competencies for the Future"
It is possible to organise a selected cycle of training entitled A Good Start in English for an organised group of foreign students of UMK. The group may comprise 8-12 students. Groups interested in the training are requested to contact the Office in order to agree on details of the meeting at least two weeks in advance.
Characteristics of workshops "A GOOD START"
The workshops entitled A GOOD START include 17 various courses divided into three subject blocks:
THINK ABOUT YOURSELF
i.e. how to identify one’s own vocational potential
- Get to know your vocational predispositions for a future job – the course helps its participants to discover their vocational potential, i.e. identify their abilities, skills, interests and temperament. Identification of one’s competencies helps to determine career paths corresponding to preferences and vocational targets of candidates for jobs.
- Awaken the entrepreneur within – the workshops aim at stimulation of the spirit of entrepreneurship within those, who do not establish their own business activities due to a series of fears. The fears mostly relate to a failure to believe in oneself, lack of ideas, money, support and appropriate knowledge. Such types of doubts will be discussed and dispelled during a series of practical exercises.
THINK ABOUT A JOB
i.e. how to go through recruitment stages effectively
- How to prepare applications, i.e. a CV and covering letter, effectively – during the workshops students learn to write and adjust applications to various job offers as well as elegant and polite methods of delivery of applications, whether personal or electronic.
- How to go through a job interview successfully – during the workshops students acquire knowledge about forms and course of a job interview as well as mistakes, which cannot be made during the interview. The workshops participants learn how to make a good impression on an employer.
- Payment negotiations – students get acquainted with the process of payment negotiations, learn about principles of arguing and practise a correct attitude of a negotiator.
- Assessment Centre – comprehensive evaluation method used in the recruitment process – the workshops make it possible for students to get acquainted with the most effective recruitment method, which has been more and more often used for selection of appropriate candidates for jobs. Participants may get acquainted with most often used tasks in AC in practice. They also master secrets of assessors’ work, i.e. persons, who observe activities and on the basis of the observations evaluate competencies useful for a given job.
- Tests used in the recruitment process – the workshops participants are provided with various tests used in the recruitment process and learn about their solutions in order to avoid being surprise in real recruitment conditions.
- Mock Interview – the workshops involve individual meetings of a counsellor and student. The counsellor plays a role of a recruiter and the participant plays a role of a candidate interested in a given job. After the interview, the student is provided with feedback relating to mistakes, which he/she made during the interview as well as he/she is advised how to avoid the mistakes.
THINK ABOUT DEVELOPMENT
i.e. how to improve skills useful on the labour market
- Time management (with respect to planning for all life) – the workshops aim at helping participants to determine their targets, make decisions, plan their time effectively and monitor realisation of their targets.
- Creative work techniques / creative thinking training – the workshops develop creative thinking through analysing of a problem from various points of view. They help to eliminate stereotyping, which inhibits creative ideas. During the workshops students get acquainted with exercises improving functions of cerebral hemispheres.
- Public presentations (for beginners / for advanced) – the workshops aim at developing of practical skills of participants connected with public presentations. The participants learn about principles of good communications with audience and find out, what mistakes they should avoid. They also have an opportunity to deliver their own short presentations (subjects to be given during workshops) as well as receive feedback relating to their strong points and elements to be still developed.
- How to be assertive – participants will learn how to communicate with people effectively and in a manner, which enables them to protect their rights, values and time without unnecessarily offending interlocutors with their decisive attitude.
- How to cope with stress – the workshops provide practical guidelines relating to ways of coping with everyday stress, which makes normal living difficult. The methods acquired during the workshops may be used with immediate effects.
- Non-standard methods of looking for a job – the workshops included a series of exercises aimed at developing skills relating to perception of job offers hidden in the labour market. Moreover, the workshops challenge the myth, according to which a job may be gained only through acquaintances. The knowledge acquired during the workshops will allow for independent moving around the labour market regardless of the crisis, unemployment, redundancies and number of job offers placed in the media.
- Motivation, i.e. how to accomplish one’s aims – the aim of the workshops is to acquaint participants with techniques helping in one’s own motivation to accomplish specified aims and effective removal of barriers impairing our eagerness to do certain tasks. The workshops may make the following dream come true: “If I did feel like it as much as I don't feel like it”.
- From an idea to a successful ending. Basic issues relating to ESF funds – the training is addressed to people wishing to deal with preparation of projects under OPHC in the future: fund employees, associations, administrative units, training companies. The aim is to acquire knowledge and skills allowing for mapping of a specific social problem onto an aim, which is attainable under OPHC.
- OPHC Preparation of an application in a generator of applications (for people with basic knowledge of OPHC) – the workshops aim at gaining basic knowledge and skills connected with independent filling of an application.