A learner’s journey: “Future Scoping” Employability Skills for the 21 st Century

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A learners journey: Future Scoping Employability Skills for the 21 st Century. Ian Bond Project Officer (Apprenticeships) NIACE. NIACE. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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<p>Recording Learning Outcomes Using Technology</p> <p>A learners journey: Future Scoping Employability Skills for the 21st CenturyIan Bond Project Officer (Apprenticeships) NIACE</p> <p>1Hello everyone, my name is Ian Bond and I am the Project Officer at NIACE with responsibility for Apprenticeships. I have been asked to provide a quick over view of how learners will need to prepare themselves in order to be able to seek employment in the 21st Century.NIACEThe National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) is an independent charity which promotes adult learning across England and Wales. Through its research, development, publications, events, outreach and advocacy activity, NIACE works to improve the quality and breadth of opportunities available for all adults so they can benefit from learning throughout their lives.2For those colleagues here who are unfamiliar with NIACE, we are an independent charity who attempts to support adult learning by developing appropriate Policy, who helps to ensure that the Practice of adult learning is improved and that adult learning is promoted, through a variety of events, the most well known of which is probably Adult Learners Week. </p> <p>This slide demonstrates the difference between some more formal examples of social networks, e.g. Google + or Linked in Professional, (this is a real example from my colleague Kevin Campbell Wright, showing his formal presence, and also showing his less formal presence).</p> <p>3ProfessionalPersonal</p> <p>Facebook and pinterest and Twitter are helpful. There are also others like Tumblr. My daughter who is 16 is on Tumblr. The fact is that there are rapid changes in social networks and many new niche ones are developing. Your online brand, covers all of these and you must manage your brand effectively. You must realise that some of the existing (and newly emerging) social network sites are more linked to professional life and are therefore more likely to be relevant in a job search. But the distinctions are not hard and fast, and you have to be flexible in managing your presence on all of the social networks that you are using. This is a very powerful method for ensuring that you are able to get your presence across to potential employers. Remember, however, that your social media presence may be saying things to employers and prospective employers that you wouldnt want them to pick up on.4LOCK DOWNHide PERSONAL networks from the publicDont contribute to public pages you wouldnt want to be associated with publically. Dont share personal details</p> <p>PROFESSIONAL networks (eg LinkedIn)Professional groups in other networksPromote your brand wherever possible</p> <p>EmbraceThe first set of tips are for ensuring that you effectively manage your on line brand so that it is as attractive as possible to prospective employers.The second series of tips are things that you should actively undertake in order to extend your professional networks and to promote yourself effectively to prospective employers.5</p> <p>Brand yourself across ALL networks. Your profile and cover pictures are available for everyone to see.Pro networksPhotos work related some with more personality than others!</p> <p>Complete profile with previous work and summaryPersonal networksWork related cover pic and sensible background, link and full bio with personality!</p> <p>Photos show personal side of your life can be silly but not outrageous</p> <p>Sensible cover pic that says something about you.</p> <p>Remember that your brand extends across all networks. Here are some common sense tips for ensuring that you are appropriately branded across the professional and personal networks in such a way that you are not going to put off prospective employers and professional contacts. Again, Im using the example of my colleague, Kevin Campbell-Wright to demonstrate approaches to take to professional and personal networks.6NorthernSexGod!@hotmail.comThink about usernames &amp; emails that are used to identify you.NorthernSexGod!@hotmail.comkevin@cwelearning.comkevpnorth@hotmail.comkevpnorth@hotmail.comkevin@cwelearning.com@KevAtNIACE@KevinCW@NoGoodBoy@NoGoodBoyNow you have your brand, how can you use it?READ.WRITE.Look at groups on LinkedIn or FacebookLook at prominent speakers on Twitter / blogsWatch #Tags / #Conversations (eg #EdChat)Find contributors on your networks and follow with a personalised message where possible</p> <p>JOIN IN! Follow, comment, contribute!GET KNOWN Be someone whos opinions are valid and distributed`</p> <p>Use, Use &amp; USE!Lets look at the importance of reading in order to make sure that you are keeping up to date with your social networking presence and maximising your chances of securing employment from them.8Now you have your brand, how can you use it?READ.WRITE.PRODUCE.Make &amp; Publish resources, Blog, Speak, Vlog. Podcast, Make Courses..etc, etc, etc!You also need to begin to actively contribute by beginning to write things for social networks and for particular sites. </p> <p>Finally, you will want to ensure that you start to produce content in addition to writing, for example publish resources that you might have developed, contribute to blogs, podcasts, vlogs etc. This final level of participation can really make you stand out from other candidates, and as the 21st Century progresses, this level of active participation on social network sites will increasingly become the norm. If candidates dont do this, then they risk becoming permanently marginalised and unable to secure employment opportunities in the future.9</p> <p>More than 80% of fortune 500 companies recruit through LinkedIn including IBM, Oracle, AccentureSocial media is on job descriptionsUS companies ASKING for facebook password!</p> <p>But I dont want to!Not participating in the developments of new social networks as a way of actively seeking job opportunities is an option, but as can be seen, it will increasingly make securing a job very difficult unless you are actively engaged with social networks and are actively managing your on line brand.10So what do we do about this?Information, Advice &amp; GuidanceSocial media adviceE-Safety AdviceDigital Literacy, Digital Literacy, Digital LiteracyIAG needs to be changed to reflect the importance of these new skills and approaches. Careers advisers in the future should help their clients by providing audits of their on line brand presence.</p> <p>People need to be able to access more specialist advice on how to use and get the most from social media activities.</p> <p>Individuals need more guidance about E-Safety measures and advice. This is very important.</p> <p>Finally, digital literacy is absolutely crucial as without this, people are going to be increasingly barred from accessing a range of employment (and other) opportunities. This is an issue with the Digital by Default approach the introduction of new programmes by government like Universal Credit.11So what do we do about this?Developing resourcesResearch into needs and methods of addressing themDisseminating findings to the wider communityProviders need to think about supporting their learners by developing new resources that can assist people to learn the necessary skills to maximise the impact of their on line brand.</p> <p>They need to undertake research into what the needs of their learners and clients are in this field and to identify how to meet these needs.</p> <p>There needs to be mechanisms for disseminating findings to the wider community (perhaps NIACE and the ETF and other organisations have a key role to play in this).12Adult Learners WeekNominations Close 31st January 2014Opportunity to win National Event in June 2014Enhance your organisations profileCelebrate learner successFour categories: Apprentice; Employer; Project; IndividualRegional eventshttp://www.alw.org.uk/awards/2014Help is available to complete the nominationsAs you are probably aware, it is Adult Learners Week next June. There are four main categories of national awards this year. Nominations close on the 31st January 2014. I would strongly recommend that you follow the link and think about nominating an individual learner, an apprentice, or an employer or a project. If you are an employer, or a provider with an innovative project, then you can nominate yourselves.This is an opportunity to gain national recognition for the excellence of the work that you do and the quality of the learners and apprentices that you support.13Resourceshttp://networkingforwork.org.uk/</p> <p>http://www.slideshare.net/suebeckingham/developing-a-professional-online-presence-as-a-graduate-16345515</p> <p>There are a series of resources available on this topic.14Ian Bond</p> <p>ian.bond@niace.org.uk</p> <p>15Thank you for your attention.</p>