Designing the Future of Early Careers - A Design Thinking Bootcamp for Emerging Leaders

Three in-depth interactive workshops held between
28th June - 2nd July

Prestigious awards ceremony & celebration
15th July

Full CPD accreditation awarded on course completion

Handshake is covering all costs for up to 200 emerging leaders to attend this training

Rather than simply provide a typical conference, we want to give people a chance to step back, reflect, share experiences, collaborate and get creative about envisioning the future. To this end, Handshake is bringing Career Services professionals together for an interactive Design Thinking workshop to define the future of Career Services and graduate recruitment.

Design Thinking is the philosophy behind the most successful organisations in the world and provides a powerful framework for ideating, testing, and iterating on what the future might look like. This event will be CPD accredited and facilitated by Spotless, a leading design thinking organisation who run identical frameworks for organisations such as Facebook, Skype and Stepstone.

The three-day workshop will take place from 9am-12.30pm on 28th June, 30th June, and 2nd July. Attendees will work in cross-functional and cross-university teams through each stage of the design process with a focus on “As we plan for a hybrid future, how might we create a more equitable university to career transition for every student?”  All ideas will then be shared with the sector (universities, employers and students) who will vote on which team's prototype impresses them the most. The event will culminate with a virtual celebration and award ceremony where the winning team will receive donations to their institution of £1,500 per person to implement their idea.

High Level Agenda

Workshop day 1: Monday 28th June

9am - 12:30pm

  • Welcome & Introduction
  • Panels and Q&As with industry leaders, trade bodies, employers and students (please see below)
  • Design Thinking workshop session 1: "Empathise"
  • Analyse the need of students and employers
  • Learn how to create an empathy map
  • Design Thinking workshop session 2: "Define"
  • Determine your student’s and employer’s biggest challenges
  • Learn how to create a problem statement

Workshop day 2: Wednesday 30th June

9am - 12:30pm

  • Surprise morning energiser
  • Design Thinking workshop session 3: "Ideate"
  • Generate ideas and identify innovative solutions for future Career Services
  • What service do we want our students and employers to have?
  • What does the future of early careers networks & graduate recruitment look like?
  • What does a hybrid future look like and how can we make this work for our institution and our students?
  • How do we ensure that our students have access to the best start to their career?
  • What will be the new normal after Covid-19?
  • Design Thinking workshop session 4: "Prototype"
  • Prototype the ideal Careers Service of the future
  • What are the 3 T’s (team, training and tech) needed to deliver this?

Workshop day 3: Friday 2nd July

9am - 12:30pm

  • Session: "Storytelling" - How to pitch your idea
  • Advice and training from expert video editor on “how to make a great video”
  • Design Thinking session 5: "Test"
  • Share your solutions with the world
  • Get user feedback on your solution

Awards ceremony: Thursday 15th July

5 - 7pm

  • Interactive game show: Who dares wins - Meet other Careers Service professionals during this fun interactive game based on the hit 90’s TV show Crystal Maze. Test your skills in fast thinking, concentration, memory and creativity.
  • Awards presentation by judging panel

Confirmed Judges

Tristram Hooley

Chief Research Officer, ISE

Paul Gratrick

Head of Operations at University of Liverpool

Debbie McVitty

Editor at Wonkhe

Mike Grey

Head of University Partnerships, Gradconsult Ltd

Greg Wade

Higher Education Policy Adviser, Universities UK

Zuleikha Chikh

President, UCLan Students' Union

Dr. Brooke Storer-Church

Head of Skills, Office for Students

** One of our values is empowered by diversity, and we believe that diversity of thought is how we will solve the biggest challenges in our sector. For that reason we ask a maximum of 5 representatives per institution to attend this event. That way we can ensure the most inclusive experience for all, serving a variety of backgrounds, experiences and universities.