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Positive Futures for Northumbria graduates

Positive Futures – Developing Career Confidence in Challenging Times is a programme comprising a masterclass, workshops and coaching, developed by the Careers Service at Northumbria University to inspire recent graduates to approach their job seeking with confidence in their employability. It was developed in collaboration with the university's Enterprise Unit and Alumni Association.

Because the aim of the programme was to raise the motivation levels of unemployed and underemployed graduates, the careers service hired a well-known professional motivational speaker and trainer to hold a masterclass to launch the programme. The event was highly successful with 100% positive feedback from the 170 graduates attending. This led to very high take-up on a series of interactive solution-focused workshops led by theatre group Act Positive.

Following the workshops, graduates were offered up to three individual coaching sessions. To enable them to deliver effective coaching, careers advisers at the university received training from a professional career coach.

Evidence of effectiveness and success

Participation targets were exceeded: 396 graduates took part in the programme. Feedback collected - after workshops, on completing the coaching programme and six months after the programme ended - was consistently positive. Some graduates even described the process as life changing.

"I feel it was a resounding success for myself. I genuinely don't think I would have gained such a good position if I had not gone for the coaching. I always had the ability to get a job like this, but I needed the coaching and help to guide me in the right direction."

"I've spent the last 18 months in a depressing dead-end job, and this has given me the boost to reclaim my confidence and do something about it."

To summarise, the programme raised participants' awareness of their own employability, gave them skills and increased their confidence. It was made possible by ECIF funding.

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Created on: 17 November 2011

Last updated: 06 January 2012

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