Tech Fest Seminars and Insight Talks

Seminar sessions

Delegates are asked to choose one out of three sessions within each group and join the relevant session on the day. No pre-booking required.
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Monday 29 March at 10.50-11.30 am

Careers Coaching - Effective Digital Delivery, presented by Charlotte Sykes

The world has gone digital, and so must your careers coaching. Come and learn how to deliver high quality careers coaching online, that is accessible for all. We will be exploring how to effectively and efficiently deliver support through a variety of digital mediums, ensuring you are still supporting your clients in the best way possible. We will incorporate techniques, exercises and practice that complement the digital platform. At the end of the workshop you will be confident to: • Deliver online coaching sessions using a variety of digital platforms • Using a variety of coaching techniques suitable for the online setting • Understanding of what coaching techniques are most effective for online coaching • Confidence to implement and run your digital careers coaching strategy The CWR Team have a proven track record in delivering online careers support from students to senior executives and are known for the quality of their digital coaching offering.

Engaging students through Instagram, presented by Hannah Allison and Ilinca Turcan

Lancaster University Careers Team has successfully built an Instagram page, which engages students in various innovative ways to offer careers information and advice. In this session, we will share our story – what went well, and what we have learnt, as well as providing practical tips and ideas for practitioners to use from a fellow marketing novice and careers adviser, with the help of a careers marketing assistant. This will include: • Creating a brand and gaining followers • Sharing information • Utilising engaging Instagram stories • Free, easy and useful software • Building communities • Optimising social media for your audience We understand that marketing and social media can be something that lots of careers practitioners appreciate the importance of, but struggle to know where to begin or how to create a professional brand. We want to equip you with practical next steps to take for those without a marketing background, whether your client sare young people or students in FE/HE.

Running a Digital Careers Service, presented by Ngaire Dean

Interactive session discussing the key themes and challenges of running a digital careers service. Learn how to use a digital careers platform to help you to manage, track, and evaluate your provision and report your progress against the Gatsby Benchmarks. Key topics will include running your (virtual) work experience and careers programme, booking and recording one to one meetings, collecting destination data, and providing your students with digital passports. We will cover important area around running a digital careers service: • Key things to consider when implementing a digital careers service. • Engaging staff and students with your careers service. • Setting goals and evaluating your digital provision.

Monday 29 March at 11.40-12.20 am

Using technology to deliver a blended approach to CEIAG and provide world class careers guidance, presented by Tom Haywood-Pope

We’ve all had to embrace technology in our day-to-day lives and adapt to support our students. As the world (hopefully!) starts to settle once again, we need to assess what we've learned from remote teaching and what practices we can carry into the future to provide our students with world class CEIAG. This Unifrog session will explore the benefits of a blended learning approach to CEIAG; focussing on centralising and streamlining processes to achieve maximum student engagement, identifying those at risk of NEET and ensure students progress to their best next steps after school. We’ll discuss the benefits of using tech to plan, deliver and track your careers programmes and guidance interviews - using insights data from your student’s research to inform your careers programme and facilitate more informed guidance interviews. Delegates will gain key knowledge on how to implement a blended CEIAG programme to reach all students, regardless of background!

Virtual Careers Comes of Age - How to create your own virtual careers event from scratch, presented by Hilary Nickell

Career Companion Extra provides an existing online and secure careers platform packed with hundreds of professionally curated careers, learning and training resources. This Workshop will show you how to create your own unique Virtual Careers Event, from Primary through to Sixth Form or FE. Including SEND and Hospital / Home Tuition Centres. We will explore four quite different approaches used by existing schools and colleges and demonstrate the following helpful examples: • Virtual Year 9 Day • Annual ‘whole school’ Careers Fair • Higher Education and Careers Event • Virtual University and Campus Tours Finally, we will demonstrate how easy it is to maintain a Bespoke Virtual Careers presence year on year, or simply opt for a ‘One-Off’ event to suit almost any careers scenario of your own choice, including a Staff/Gatsby Day.

The Career Dr - An online course for career changers, presented by Barbara Bassot

This seminar will introduce a new online career learning and development course for people who want to change career. The course consists of short videos with accompanying practical exercises and reflective questions, all designed to help clients to understand more about themselves and to think deeply about the way forward. The course is based on the theoretical model of the Career Learning and Development Bridge and is designed to help people see their next step more clearly. Clients can do the course independently and it could also help them prepare for career guidance or coaching sessions. It also has the potential to be used in an ongoing way in a mentoring relationship. During the seminar each aspect of the course will be demonstrated with opportunities for questions and feedback.

Tuesday 30 March at 10.50-11.30 am

You’ve got mail! Delivering high quality email guidance, presented by Lynne Johnson, Leigh Fowkes and Lydia Lauder

In this interactive session we will share the best practice as well as the recent findings of a HECSU funded research project exploring the efficacy of email careers guidance. This session is aimed at careers guidance practitioners and those who are managing careers services who are looking to start or improve their experience in e-guidance. By the end of this session you will have: • Understood the evidence for e-guidance • Reflected on the challenges of best practice in e-guidance • Strategies to take away to improve your e-guidance practice.

Engaging and Inspiring Learners - Careers Guidance in Another Dimension, presented by Yve Parker

Young leaners in today’s world have grown up with computers, smartphones, the internet and social media. They are digitally native and are looking for meaningful connections, exposure to advancing technology, and a vehicle to making connections whether that be in their personal leisure time, or at school. The careers landscape is changing too, students are preparing for jobs now that don’t even exist, the gap is widening between this generation and traditional careers guidance delivery. Technologies like Virtual Reality are used in the workplace more and more, yet the classroom instruction isn’t quite catching up. This session will provide examples of fantastic engagement in career discovery using relevant technology with a focus on a personalised journey that reaches and motivates students to actively search and discover what their future can hold.

Embedding Digital Career Literacy (including Social Media) within Careers Education and Guidance, presented by John Ambrose

This lively seminar has been designed to help careers leaders and guidance practitioners gain a better understanding of the digital and technological elements that should now play an essential part in a relevant and up-to date careers programme. This seminar will: • Identify what Digital Career Literacy is and consider the importance of it in a modern careers programme • Consider how we support learners to gain skills to collect and critique careers information • Consider how we encourage learners to develop their digital networks and learn digital communication skills for 21st century working • Consider the consequences of social media use on career opportunities • Identify the importance of managing personal brands and an online presence.


Tuesday 30 March at 11.40-12.20 am

Digital Delivery in Wales, including Careercraft, presented by Gareth Phillips

An insight into the ways in which Careers Wales has engaged with customers through a range of digital channels throughout the pandemic.

Digital T Levels: An Overview, presented by Stella Pearson

T Levels are a new option for 16-18 year olds. They are the technical equivalent of A levels and are being introduced gradually over the next few years. This session will provide detail of the three T Levels in Digital: Digital Production, Design and Development (introduced in September 2020); and Digital Support Services and Digital Business Services (to be introduced in September 2021). It will also give a general overview of T Levels for those who aren't familiar with the new courses.

#CareerDevelopment. Building Confidence in The Use of LinkedIn and Twitter as a Career Practitioner, presented by Matthew Howard & Hannah Allison

LinkedIn is a global professional networking site and Twitter is a world-leading microblogging service. Both platforms represent an invaluable opportunity for career practitioners and your clients to network with peers, alumni and employers. This interactive seminar will focus on unlocking your LinkedIn and Twitter potential, sharing case studies, top-tips and insights to help you and your clients master both platforms as career development tools. By the end of the session, you will be able to: 1. Consider how to effectively grow your social media presence and network confidently with peers, industry professionals and alumni. 2. Help your clients to develop effective profiles in support of their career aspirations. 3. Identify what makes engaging content and how to increase the reach of posts. 4. Reflect on and plan for any safeguarding or digital security questions associated with each platform.