GC Hive events

What is GC Hive?

We often internally refer to bringing together the insight, experience and ideas of our team as harnessing the GC Hive mind. This ‘collective wisdom’ has over time formed into a number of core training courses that we have refined and delivered in numerous contexts. These practical, useful and insightful training events can now be run as low cost, internal courses at a fixed cost of £900 (+VAT and trainer expenses) for up to 24 participants.

From time to time we also run some of the GC Hive as open courses. The details of any such upcoming courses can be found under the 'Events Calendar' section below.

You can find an outline for each of these courses below and if you’d like to know more, or discuss scheduling a date with us, please contact Ollie Tarrant.

Events Calendar

June

Tuesday 5th June 2018 
How do employers develop graduates?
Led by Rebecca Fielding
Location: London
Aimed at careers service staff, our popular one day workshop lifts the lid on all things graduate development. We explore how training schemes are structured, what they typically contain and how they are delivered. Critically we will look at the skills that graduate developers reasonably expect graduates to arrive with and those they will need to work on.

Available Courses

A crash course in employability

This practical one day workshop will provide you with a wealth of knowledge about graduate employability to better understand key stakeholders’ priorities and challenges. It will highlight market trends, best practice and feature a range of case studies from across the sector.

By the end of the workshop you will be able to:

  • Understand data around employability, graduate destinations and graduate recruitment
  • Discuss current and emergent employability practice within universities
  • Be confident engaging with employers and colleagues on the employability agenda
  • Implement 1-3 actions that will make a difference in your organisation

This workshop may be of particular interest to:

  • Staff new to Higher Education or employability
  • Academics
  • Professionals taking on an employability remit

 

Strategic influencing in a university environment

Navigating university hierarchies, committees and politics is often complex and can be frustrating. Whether you are seeking to embed employability activity, lobby for more resource or simply persuade an internal colleague to adopt a new approach, your strategic influencing skills are key to your success. This one day course for senior leaders will help you to understand your political climate better, identify key levers for change, adopt new influencing approaches and critically develop your influencing skills whilst maintaining your professional integrity.

By the end of the workshop you will be able to:

  • Develop your personal influencing style and persuasion skills
  • Understand how to flex your communication style for different types of people
  • Use different influencing and persuasion models
  • Use effective stakeholder mapping models
  • Reflect on how to maintain your professional and personal integrity

 

How do employers develop graduates?

“As educators we must be concerned with "getting on" not just " getting in" whether that is into and through higher education or moving from higher education in to meaningful careers. For the latter, we need to connect with and understand graduate development as well as graduate recruitment. The training from Rebecca was set up for this very reason and the feedback from our staff was excellent.” - Bob Gilworth, Director, The Careers Group

This interactive and lively session will lift the lid on all things graduate development, rather than graduate recruitment. We will explore how training schemes are structured, what they typically contain and how they are delivered. Critically we will look at the skills that graduate developers, who work with graduates for the next 2-3 years, reasonably expect graduates to arrive with and those they will need to work on.

By the end of the workshop you will be able to:

  • Develop innovative career development activities that focus on the nuanced skills that employers value and will give your students a competitive advantage.
  • Influence graduate attribute frameworks and course design to reflect these requirements.
  • Engage employers more effectively in the skills agenda by understanding their challenges.
  • Better advise students and graduates on the differences in the personal development they will experience in different sectors and sizes of employers.
  • Better support SMEs and employers who are new to graduate recruitment and looking for advice beyond recruitment.
  • Develop more meaningful and informed relationships with your business contacts beyond graduate recruiters.

This workshop may be of particular interest to:

  • Careers, Employability and Placement Managers
  • Employer Engagement professionals
  • Careers Advisers
  • Placement Officers

 

Recruiting and developing a growth mindset in graduates

First it was skills, then it was competencies, and now it’s strengths… what’s next? Our money is on mindset! Microsoft’s top recruitment attribute is ‘mindset’, and this short course will divulge the essential theory, practical applications, and how youcan prepare your students for anything that a recruitment process might throw at them!

By the end of the workshop you will be able to:

  • Understand mindset theory and context
  • Confidently distinguish between growth mindset and fixed mindset
  • Understand how mindset theory can be applied to job seeking and recruitment
  • Take away a selection of exercises that you can run to demonstrate mindset attributes

This workshop may be of particular interest to:

  • Graduate recruiters
  • Careers consultants
  • University staff focussing on student development

 

Understanding SMEs - unlocking graduate oppurtunities on your doorstep

A full day workshop exploring how to unlock graduate level opportunities within SMEs. Smaller businesses make up a huge proportion of many local economies, and are ripe with graduate opportunities if you know where and how to look! This course will share ideas and top tips for engaging with SMEs in your region, and highlight common pitfalls and areas of best practice.

By the end of the workshop you will be able to:

  • Understand the concerns and priorities of SMEs, and their ‘typical’ behaviours
  • Have top tips and tactics for attracting your target employers
  • Be confident engaging with SMEs within your region
  • Have a framework for building an SME strategy
  • Implement 1-3 actions that will make a difference in your role

This workshop may be of particular interest to:

  • Employer engagement staff
  • Placement officers
  • Academics with a business engagement or placements remit
  • University staff looking to engage with local SMEs

 

How to run successful on-campus events

A half day workshop for both graduate recruiters and careers service staff looking to run effective on-campus events. Sharing common pitfalls and stakeholder perspectives, the course will draw on best practice examples and cover event design, essential etiquette and event management techniques.

By the end of this workshop you will:

  • Critically assess the campus environment
  • Understand all key stakeholder priorities
  • Maximise return on investment (time and money)
  • Draw on professional event management techniques
  • Select appropriate evaluation measures

This workshop may be of particular interest to:

  • Career service events staff
  • University employer engagement teams
  • On-campus recruiters
  • Graduate marketers
  • Staff new to graduate recruitment or higher education

 

How to run an effective employer advisory board

A half day event for senior careers service managers, exploring how to get the most from an employer advisory board. Drawing from our experiences on what works and what doesn't, we will investigate ways to convene and operate boards, how to leverage influence, and how to measure success.

 

The do's and don'ts of working with students unions

What do you think of when you hear the term “students’ union”? Societies and sports clubs? Volunteering and course representative schemes? Places that sell cheap beer?

Whilst all these things are true, students’ unions are also immensely complicated, multi-faceted charities, often with millions of pounds worth of turnover per year, that are run entirely by and for their student members. Adding to this complexity, every students’ union is unique and all possess an ever-changing leadership team.

As competition increases to secure the best graduate talent and compete for students’ attention, working with students’ unions can help you build a brand name on campus, attract the best candidates for your business and tap into a pipeline of potential collaborators and future employees.

By the end of the workshop you will be able to:

  • Understand how students’ unions work and the key role they play in students’ lives
  • Know how working with students’ unions can benefit your business, from building your brand on campus to recruiting talented students
  • Be confident knowing what you can gain from students’ unions and how to engage with them
  • For university careers staff: explore effective ways of working in partnership with your students’ union to support your employer-facing work and increase student engagement

This workshop may be of particular interest to:

  • Graduate and student employers
  • Businesses seeking to increase engagement with students
  • University staff looking to develop projects and partnerships with their Students’ Unions around business engagement and employability