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UOWD “The Edge” – Career Preparation Program

A Career Readiness Transformation Programme 2021

UOWD “The Edge” – A Career Readiness Journey

Overview

Being ready for the corporate world is one of the most difficult challenges facing university students once they graduate.

Organisations are looking for students with experience and traditional universities often finds it difficult to prepare students for work.

With students graduating into the one of the worst global economic recessions in the over 100 years and in one of the most competitive employment landscapes, graduates will require something unique to prepare them for their future career path.

UOWD is introducing a pilot program “The Edge”, a first-of-its-kind 12-month career readiness journey that combines cutting edge tools from the worlds of business, coaching, psychometrics and behavioural science with hands-on mentoring to enable you to find your Edge, master value and better prepare you for your future career path.

This will be provided to all newly enrolled UOWD students free-of-charge, during the first year of their degree, via online sessions, on campus workshops and coaching groups, webinars as well as pre-recorded info sessions.

The Edge will work around a student’s regular university timetable and will have courses per week of approximately 1 to 1.5 hours in duration, with a total of 30 contact hours over the first year of their degree.

Leading experts in fields such as communications, coaching, entrepreneurship, personal branding, human behavior and office politics, will conduct personality profiles to evaluate whether your choice of degree scientifically matches your personality, allowing students to know they are on the right career path before they graduate.

Once completed, students will have obtained valuable soft skills, psychometric assessments towards their future career paths, business coaching and the use of behavioural science to help prepare students for the workplace after graduation. Students will also receive a course completion certificate at the end of their first year of their degree.

 

UOWD’s “The Edge” Taking you from the classroom to the boardroom.

Quick Facts

  • The Edge is a first of a kind 12-month career readiness journey that combines cutting edge tools from the worlds of business, coaching, psychometrics and behavioural science with hands-on mentoring to better prepare students for their future career path.
  • This will be provided to all newly enrolled UOWD students free-of-charge, during the first year of their degree, via online sessions, on campus workshops and coaching groups, webinars as well as pre-recorded info sessions.
  • The Edge will work around a student’s regular university timetable and will have courses per week of approximately 1 to 1.5 hours in duration, with a total of 30 contact hours over the first year of their degree.
  • Once completed, students will have obtained valuable soft skills, psychometric assessments towards their future career paths, business coaching and the use of behavioural science to help prepare students for the workplace after graduation.
  • Students will also receive a course completion certificate at the end of their first year of their degree.
  • A team of six world-class experts have been assembled to train and mentor UOWD students as part of the career development journey within The Edge program.
  • The Edge is completely free for all students and is integrated into the first year of every newly enrolled UOWD Bachelor or Master degree student.
  • Leading experts in fields such as communications, coaching, entrepreneurship, personal branding, human behavior and office politics, will conduct personality profiles to evaluate whether your choice of degree scientifically matches your personality, allowing students to know they are on the right career path before they graduate.
  • The Edge has been integrated and embedded into the very fabric of each degree at UOWD for all newly enrolled first year students. The career preparation and development of our students is fundamental in ensuring that UOWD graduates are ready to enter the work force with experience, soft skills, critical thinking and problem solving skills.

From February 2021 onwards, UOWD will be integrating The Edge into every Bachelor’s and Master’s degree giving students the opportunity to embark on a journey of:

DISRUPTION DISCOVERY DELIVERY

Disrupting your comfort zone and challenging the comfortable norm.  

The Edge ads more than just CV preparation and interview techniques, it ensures that students are learning job skills and are being coached by world-class mentors from Day 1.

A journey of self-discovery and enlightenment, using behavioural science with hands-on mentoring to prepare students for their career path, ensuring students have experience before they graduate. 

Delivering the best version of you in the workplace after graduation.

After one year of studying at university and completing The Edge career preparation program, students will be prepared for the workplace 

Once students finish the 12 month career readiness program, they will receive a digital certificate upon completion. UOWD’s “The Edge” Program will use scientific assessment and world-leading mentorship to take every student from the classroom to the boardroom.

The Four Pillars

The Edge, UOWD’s innovative Career Readiness Program, is a 12-month program that provides any Bachelor’s or Master’s students with cutting edge tools from the worlds of business, coaching, psychometrics and behavioural science with hands-on mentoring to better prepare you for your future career path.

This program is offered free of charge during the first year of a student’s enrolment at UOWD and conveniently fits in around a students’ regular timetable, providing them with online tools, mentoring, webinars, workshops, coaching groups and learning sessions to prepare them for the workplace.

The Edge consists of four must have pillars that will form the basis of your future career.

Humantology (with John Gage)

My Behavioural Science. Who am I and why do I matter?

The Why

Understanding the way you are programmed is one of the most important things you can learn about yourself.

  • It can help you decide whether you really want to work on the money markets or be a tech start up boss.
  • It can help you read the room to gain competitive advantage.
  • It can help improve the way you work by understanding what drives the other people that you work with or compete against.

The How

Psychometric testing is a tool that can help you develop a foundational understanding of:

  • How you behave.
  • How others behave.
  • How you can achieve better human interaction.
  • How you can adapt your behaviour to improve the outcomes of your interactions.
  • How to create win/win solutions.
  • How to overcome barriers to progress.
  • How to accelerate individual and team progress.

The What: Self Analysis

Understanding yourself is the first step on your transformational career readiness programme.

The Thomas Personal Profile Analysis (PPA) provides information on fears, motivators, values and behavioural styles using four main profile factors. Each factor is seen as a scale preference of style as perceived by an individual of his or her own behaviour in the workplace.

The test provides an accurate insight into how you behave at work, it will profile your behaviours you use most frequently, behaviours that you display less frequently, your communication style, your value to business, what motivates you, your basic fears and how you behave under pressure. It’s like looking in a mirror.

As the first step on your course journey you will complete the Thomas Personal Profile Analysis, then a qualified and experienced coach will work with you to feedback and explain your individual results with a one to one follow up session.

The Psychometrics process is simple.

Psychometrics Process

Mastering your Meaning (with Jon Duschinsky & Ausar Stewart)

This is the transformational journey you’re about to take. Now you have a better understanding of you, it’s time to decide what you’re going to do next.

Mastering Your Meaning is a transformational journey that will do just that: enable you to figure out what gives meaning to your life, and master it.

You will gain a new clarity of purpose, a sense of self and real direction. You will learn how to own, rather than cover up, your weaknesses while authentically spotlighting your strengths.

You will access a whole new level of leadership and understand how to hold a cast-iron context regardless of what your future employer will throw at you.

You will know how to push the envelope and create the improbable. You will have found your Edge. And you will know how to use it to find the job you want at the salary you deserve!

Mastering Your Meaning is a powerful journey that will engage every aspect of your being: psychological, emotional, physical and even spiritual. The journey is broken into Five Key Stages, each of which begins with a Keynote Session where you are introduced to the concepts you’ll need to integrate and work with.

After the Keynote, you will participate in Group Coaching, where you will have the chance to further explore these concepts and see how they apply to your life and how they help you shape your Edge.

Then, you will learn how to actually Embody them and truly stand in your power and leadership, as you bring your Edge to life in your voice and in your presence.

Yes, that’s right – through this work, you will not just be immersed in the principles of transformation, but you will actually get to experience it and learn how to grow your presence in a room, how to hear others and how to embody leadership and influence.

The great leaders don’t shout the loudest, they exude their authority by how they show up, physically in the space – through their breath and their voice and their body. The Embodiment part of Mastering Your Meaning will teach you how to step into that level of leadership, by tapping into one of the most potent, powerful and direct vehicles for personal growth and development you will ever encounter.

The First Bit

Lead by: Jon Duschinsky

What’s Missing & Your Barriers to Success

From school to university to the world of work, you’re on a path. But where does this path really lead you? What is your “predictable future” if you keep doing what you’re doing? And crucially, is this your Highest Value Path where you are going to make the most impact, where you are going to have the Edge?

The truth is that most people only discover their Highest Value Path well into their careers. But, in this module, we are going to address and change that so that you can unlock yours now. And at the same time, we are going to figure out why you keep creating barriers to your own success and what you can do about it.

The Coaching Sessions for the first bit will focus on identifying your predictable future and the things that are preventing you from finding your Highest Value Path. In addition, we will be removing the barriers you put in your own way.

Learning outcomes:

  • Clarity and awareness on your predictable future.
  • Distinguishing your Highest Value Path and comparing it to your predictable future.
  • Understanding how your choices impact your Edge.
  • Identifying the barriers to success that you put in your own way.

Embodiment Coaching One

Lead by: Ausar Stewart

Grounding

Through a multi-disciplinary approach involving Voice Coaching, Presence and Performance enhancing Modalities you will be taught to navigate the limitations of your own perception and harness the potency of your psychometric profiles.

Through Embodimentwork you will develop the ability to influence others by tapping into an aspect of yourself that is infinitely powerful. Your body and voice are the instruments that will carry you and your message forward into the world. Like elite athletes, great speakers, presenters, leaders and influencers train their bodies and voices.

Learning outcomes:

  • Overcome fear or resistance of facing their predictable future.
  • Develop a powerful mind, body and breath connection.
  • Cultivate an intimate connection to your core creative impulses and primary drives.
  • Free Your Voice to Speak with Purpose and Conviction.

The Second Bit

Lead by: Jon Duschinsky

Lighting the Fire & Your Personal Purpose

Once you are clear on your Highest Value Path, the second bit will help you step into it. The work in this bit focuses on lighting your fire, on connecting you to the thing that truly lights you up. The more lit up you are, the more of an Edge you will have and the more value you are going to create.

You will develop your own personal purpose and learn how to articulate it so you can communicate it powerfully to others – and begin accelerating down your Highest Value Path.

The Coaching Sessions for the second bit will focus on getting clear on what lights you up, what your personal WHY (or purpose) is and what you are in service to.

Learning outcomes:

  • Understanding what a purpose is and how it will drive your success.
  • Getting clear on how your purpose is about more than just you, and how that connects to your Highest Value Path.
  • Developing your personal purpose.

Embodiment Coaching Two

Lead by: Ausar Stewart

Embodiment of purpose, how to step into it beyond words

Every time you have a chance to express yourself you have an opportunity to create impact.

What would it be like if you could influence an environment simply by walking into the room? To have the ability to radiate your context and embody your message even without speaking? You’ve likely witnessed or experienced this phenomena yourself. Learn how to cultivate a mind, body, breath connection that will have your voice resonate with purpose and authenticity.

Learning outcomes:

  • Whole body listening.
  • Entering and holding space.
  • Reading and Feeling into your audience.
  • Free Your Voice to speak with Purpose and conviction.

The Bit in the Middle:

Lead by: Jon Duschinsky

Getting out of your own way

This bit builds on your purpose and turns it into a personal vision. You will learn how to develop real clarity on where you want to be in 5 - 10 years and how to commit to that vision. We will also look at the barriers and challenges that will be put in your way when you commit to your vision, and how to keep moving forward regardless of what you get confronted with.

The Coaching Sessions for the bit in the middle will focus on developing clarity on your personal vision for the future and learning how to distinguish between your ego and your purpose when you encounter barriers along the way to realizing it.

Learning outcomes:

  • Clarity on where you want to be in 10+ years’ time.
  • How to create and articulate a personal vision.
  • How your ego will undermine your success and what to do about it.
  • Acquiring and practicing skills that will turn barriers into opportunities.

Embodiment Coaching Three

Lead by: Ausar Stewart

Archetypes (based on Thomas)

Leadership is more art than science but it is universally recognised the moment a leader walks in the room. Your leader's voice and presence must come from your core values and be intimately connected to your purpose. A leader's internal landscape is integrated and integrous. This type of alignment will ignite the leader within and have you resonate with power and authenticity. This way of being is unmistakable to others and is the source of great influence.

Learning outcomes:

  • Develop a presence that radiates with purpose.
  • Leverage your influence in any setting.
  • Aligning yourself with and for others.
  • Tap into an aspect of self that is infinitely powerful.

The Penultimate bit

Lead by: Jon Duschinsky

The Purpose Paradox & the Art of Storytelling

The "Purpose Paradox" is based around the idea that people respond to WHY and yet almost all communication is about WHAT and HOW.

In this bit you will learn the art of storytelling for enrolment and how to communicate from a place of WHY. Leveraging cutting-edge technologies and neuroscience, you will master the Impact Triangle and learn how to take your purpose and vision into the medium of stories to inspire and engage others. Through this work, you will access new levels of motivational leadership and will experience what it means to lead others at a whole new level.

The Coaching Sessions will focus on the storytelling process, as well as creating spaces for students to step powerfully into a place of inspiration and true leadership.

Learning outcomes:

  • The science of WHY and its role in inspirational enrolment.
  • How to unlock the motivational and authentic leader within you.
  • Connecting your leadership potential to your Highest Value Path.
  • Developing and honing new skills in engaging and calling others to action.

Embodiment Coaching Four

Lead by: Ausar Stewart

Storytelling

When your thoughts, intention and body come into alignment we create a dynamic, authentic, causative presence. Storytelling is one of the most powerful means for communicating, complexity, nuance and meaning. However without the necessary coaching you may not be fully aware of or in command of the impact you are having. It’s what lives in your blind spot that can strike a sour note, derail a conversation, negotiation, or multiple stakeholder deal in the making.

Learning outcomes:

  • Riding the rhythm of your speech.
  • Thinking and listening on your feet.
  • Reading your audience.
  • Being in the moment.

The Last Bit

Lead by: Jon Duschinsky

Bringing it all to life

Having an Edge is not just about being able to inspire. It’s about being able to set context, drive results and stay focused.

In this last bit, you will build on everything you have learnt and experienced in this transformational program and gain mastery of a series of tools that will ensure you are equipped to be sustainably successful through the first decade and more of your career.

Learning outcomes:

  • Understanding how the power of context drives outcomes.
  • Leveraging the unbreakable connection between being and doing.
  • How to focus all of the learning in these modules into tangible impacts in your life and career.

Embodiment Coaching Five

Lead by: Ausar Stewart

The headline act

A dynamic presentation will keep your audience interested and connected to your message. What would be your impact if you could pitch your ideas using principles that the world’s most accomplished performers use to captivate and persuade their audiences? Learn to effectively combine the elements of voice, body, breath and storytelling to create electric performances that will stimulate minds, inspire passion and ignite action.

Learning outcomes:

  • Taking and holding Space.
  • Engaging your audience.
  • Powerful body language and physical cues that get your audience’s full attention.
  • Embody your message.
  • Exemplify leadership presence.

By the end of the five steps, you will have clarity of purpose, a sense of self and real direction. You will be willing and able to own rather than cover up your weaknesses while authentically spotlighting your strengths. You will have accessed a whole new level of enrolment and leadership, be able to separate yourself from your ego and set and hold a cast-iron context regardless of what gets thrown at you. You will know how to push the envelope and create the improbable. You will have found your Edge…… And you will know how to use it to find the job you want at the salary you deserve.

Delivery Format

Delivery Format

Cutting Edge (with Nima Abu Wardeh)

Navigating the Modern Workplace

We finally get that big break and land our first job, our dream job, its everything we have wanted and more, all we need to do is learn the ropes of the job itself. Wrong! There’s so much more to being a successful employee then being skilled in a particular employment field. Being prepared and equipped with the knowledge and confidence to navigate the challenges of the modern workplace is crucial for success. We want to provide you with a cutting Edge that enables you to navigate the challenges and avoid the pitfalls.

Equality. What does it mean and why should you care?

Lead by: Nima Abu Wardeh

In your mind, you envisage 'future you' as a doer with big dreams and ambitious spirit. Then you enter the workplace, and find yourself alongside people who have different backgrounds, experiences, and ways of thinking.

Assumptions are made about you, and decisions follow accordingly. Some will serve your vision of future you. Some can hold you back. This often translates to a financial loss too – one that can magnify over your working life to a significant sum. So what can you do about it?

Knowing what equality, diversity, inclusion and bias are really all about means you'll have a better handle on navigating your career, and not losing out on opportunity – now and in the future. It will help you move through the landscape of what's next for you, and make you a better leader when the time comes.

Learning outcomes:

  • Diving into the meaning of equality & why you should care.
  • Increasing your chances of not losing out.
  • Discovering how we make decisions & why.
  • Bias is life's algorithm. So what can you do about it.
  • You do it too.
  • Figuring it out before it happens – the pre-mortem.

Coaching: Equality. What does it mean and why should you care?

Lead by: Nima Abu Wardeh

Imagine being able to bring up issues that affect you at work, and perhaps hold you back. Imagine being comfortable discussing them in a way that elevates the conversation (and you). So that it's professional, not personal. Making it about the corporation benefitting, and you along with it.

Being able to do this can mean the difference between staying in a job, or not. Working well with a team, or not. Being chosen for opportunity, or not.

Being able to do it for yourself, and bringing about the change that needs to happen so you don't lose out means you can sustain your success. Being able to do it for others means you'll be a successful leader.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Self-advocacy as a tool - being your own spokesperson.
  • Elevating yourself and the conversation – from the personal to the professional.
  • Negotiating is powerful – learn how to increase the chance of getting what you need and want.
  • Facts and figures are your new best friends – lean on them and bring them into the conversation
  • Positioning yourself to be front of mind and remembered (for the right reasons) – and for what's next.

The Nuts and Bolts (with Oliver Blofeld and James Mullan)

The stuff you need to know

Communication Masterclasses

Lead by: Oliver Blofeld and James Mullan

Each Masterclass will follow a 5-stage process of engagement and learning.

5 Stage Process

Communication Master Class 1:
My Personal Brand

In a competitive market place you need to stand out from the crowd. What are your strengths and how can you maintain authenticity when communicating compellingly to different audiences? We will equip you with the tools and techniques to succeed.

Learning outcomes:

  • Knowing yourself.
  • Understanding your audience.
  • Building compelling narratives.
  • Messaging.
  • Hot Topics.
  • Delivery.

Communication Master Class 2:
Reversing the roles of David and Goliath in Interview Situations

With top jobs attracting the best talent how do you make your mark with potential employers? From understanding your audience, overcoming nerves and exceeding their expectations we will coach you on the winning formula.

Learning outcomes:

  • How to prepare – know your audience and know yourself.
  • Listening skills.
  • Delivery.
  • Nonverbal communication.
  • Confidence & relaxation techniques.

Communication Master Class 3:
To #hashtag or not to #hashtag

With billions of interactions across both social and traditional media every day, how to do you get heard? We coach you on messaging, appearance, delivery and the best tools to use for your chosen audiences.

Learning outcomes:

  • Differences between social and traditional media.
  • Knowing your audience.
  • Style and Substance – being authentic.
  • Messaging.
  • Choosing the right communication method.
  • Listening, keeping connected & maintaining control.

Communication Master Class 4:
How to communicate with teams

Teamwork is a necessity in every workplace but personalities vary and connecting with diverse teams requires special skills. We help you navigate these complexities with empathy and enable you to build a high performance work culture.

Learning outcomes:

  • Leadership.
  • Knowing your audience.
  • Delegating.
  • Listening.
  • Communication channels – email, in-person and video.
  • Empathy and feedback.

Communication Master Class 5:
The art of knowing when to remain silent

How do you communicate with the boss? From understanding senior management’s objectives to working out their preferred style of communication, we will ensure your message hits home with the top teams.

Learning outcomes:

  • Presentation skills.
  • Knowing your audience.
  • Listening.
  • Choosing the right communication method.
  • Being clear and concise.
  • Being memorable.

Experts Involved

A team of six world-class experts have been assembled to train and mentor UOWD students as part of the career development journey within The Edge program.

Ausar Stewart

Ausar Stewart
Voice, Speech and Communications Coach
Professor of Voice and Acting at Carnegie Mellon
University School of Drama

Nima Abu Wardeh

Nima Abu Wardeh
Journalist and Broadcaster of BBC World’s Middle East Business Report
Journalism, television and radio expert

John Gage

John Gage
Partner at Agency People
Behavioural Expert
 
 
 

Jon Duschinsky

Jon Duschinsky
Serial Entrepreneur Social innovator,
executive coach & trainer, author and speaker

Oliver Blofeld

Oliver Blofeld
Managing Partner of Insight Media
Journalist, trainer and communications specialist

James Mullan

James Mullan
Managing Partner of Insight Media
Broadcaster, communications and presentation specialist

The Edge Delivery Format

The Edge will work around a student’s regular university timetable and will have courses per week of approximately 1 to 1.5 hours in duration, with a total of 30 contact hours over the first year of their degree.

Courses will be provided, via online sessions, on campus workshops and coaching groups, webinars as well as pre-recorded info sessions.

Further updates will be provided for additional intakes beginning later in the year.

FAQ

 

When do classes for The Edge begin?
Classes for “The Edge” usually begin in the 2nd week of your first semester.

 

When is the program launching?
Now. The program has already had its pilot period and classes begin in February for all newly enrolled first year Bachelors and Masters students.

 

What is the cost of The Edge for UOWD Students?
The Edge is completely free for all students and is integrated into the first year of every newly enrolled UOWD Bachelor or Master degree student.

 

How long is the program?
This is a one year program spread across 30 contact hours.

 

How is The Edge being delivered to students? What format will these classes be in?
The Edge will be delivered via a mixture of online sessions, on campus workshops and coaching groups, webinars as well as pre-recorded info sessions.

 

How will this fit in with my university timetable?
Courses usually start at 4pm, which is after Bachelor Degree programs and Before Master’s Degree programs.

 

How is this different to what other universities are doing?
Traditional universities offer assistance in CV development, interview techniques and help students with internships.The Edge provides a comprehensive, year-long career readiness journey, that combines cutting edge tools from the worlds of business, coaching, psychometrics and behavioural science with hands-on mentoring to better prepare you for your future career path.

The Edge links students with world-class business experts, coaches and mentors that will help them obtain valuable soft skills, participate in psychometric assessments towards their future career paths, learn about business coaching and the use of behavioural science that will help prepare students for the workplace after graduation.

All at zero cost.

 

Why is this program being done in the first year of my degree and not in the final year, considering it is about career preparation after graduation?
A key part of The Edge is the Thomas International Personal Profile Analysis which evaluates whether your choice of degree scientifically matches your personality, allowing students to know they are on the right career path before they graduate.

It is important for this assessment to be done early on in the degree, to ensure that students have made the correct choice with their degree so that their future career will be the right fit for their personality type.

 

Is this optional?
The Edge has been integrated and embedded into the very fabric of each degree at UOWD for all newly enrolled first year students. The career preparation and development of our students is fundamental in ensuring that UOWD graduates are ready to enter the work force with experience, soft skills, critical thinking and problem solving skills.

 

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