Next programme starting Tuesday 8th September and Wednesday 9th September. Register below.
Inspiring Connections is a personal and professional development programme for people to gain the opportunities, support or momentum they need to take the next steps towards their career goals. It works by bringing people with barriers to work, Inspiring Connections Candidates, together with Advocates; a range of professionals and business owners motivated to support others to find fulfilling work. Candidates and Advocates participate in six group-based sessions together to empower Candidates and facilitate valuable new relationships.
Candidates and Advocates have their first opportunity to meet each other. Participants will gain an understanding of the personal and professional journeys that each participant has taken to get to this point. This is an important first opportunity to reflect and understand the values that have defined the lives of fellow participants.
Participants have an opportunity to learn about the growth mindset. They will share stories of success and failure, giving insights into what it takes to overcome challenges and achieve success.
Candidates and Advocates will work together to reflect on their purpose in life. Candidates will focus on passions, what they enjoy doing, what they are skilled at, what would bring meaning to their life, and most importantly how they can start or continue a career doing something that is meaningful to them.
Exploring the value and importance of partnerships, relationships, and how to go about creating or joining professional networks. Have the confidence to make your own connections, either in groups or one-to-one.
Candidates will participate in either an interview for their dream job or give a dragons’ den style pitch. Advocates will sit on the panel, asking open questions and providing constructive feedback. This is one of the most rewarding sessions on the programme.
Advocates will support Candidates to create a business or professional plan with a road map to ‘success’. Where Advocates have decided to support Candidates by advocating on their behalf going forward, this session will create the basis for ongoing relationships.
Both Candidates and Advocates commit to attending six 2 hours sessions, held fortnightly, from the second week of September 2020. Due to the impact of COVID-19, we are planning to deliver the next Inspiring Connections programmes online, using video conferencing software. If possible, we will run one of the programmes in person from a central London location. You will have the opportunity to indicate your preference for participating online or in person on the registration form. There is also the opportunity to indicate any other IT access needs you might have.
For Candidates to receive the most effective support, it is important to build a relationship based on mutual trust, respect, and understanding. The programme creates a space for Candidates and Advocates to share and learn from each other’s experiences.
Barriers to work go beyond skills and qualifications, it’s also about how someone sees themselves and visualises their future. Inspiring Connections gives Candidates the opportunity to reflect, gain perspective and identify meaningful next steps.
Candidates identify, learn, and develop the skills and capacities they need to meet their career goals. Advocates support Candidates to generate clear career plans, understand the value of relationships and develop their presentation and communication skills.
This course has made me want to volunteer again as a mentor. A mixture of sharing my life experiences and our collective discussions made me feel that we collectively helped a group of wonderful candidates move forward with their aspirations.
Inspiring Connections Advocate
It was just confidence-building the whole time we were there, every month. It’s the fact that you get to talk to people who are well connected, and now I can bring those skills to future meetings with professionals when I meet them.
Inspiring Connections Candidate
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