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Her Innovation Collective Online

Runs from Tuesday, June 15 to Thursday, July 01.

Warwick Enterprise proudly presents:
Her Innovation Collective Online, a community that connects students with professional women who create, inspire, and lead. This term, the theme for the HIC Online programme is Women Innovate. Hear from entrepreneurs and industry professionals who are representing women in innovation efforts across sectors and workplaces. This is a fantastic opportunity for you to gain new insights, receive career guidance, and develop lasting connections with women who are breaking boundaries and supporting the next generation of female innovators through professional communities such as the NOI Club, Women of the Future Programme, and Women in Data UK. Find out more about the sessions and speakers on the Warwick Enterprise website and register by Monday, 14 June 2021.

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‘Professional Etiquette – navigating work culture in the UK ’
Online
‘Professional Etiquette – navigating work culture in the UK ’
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Wellbeing Tea and Talk - 23 June
Online

Tea and Talk is a chance to connect with other students or have an informal chat around each week's theme.

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Warwick Volunteers: Balsam Bashing Challenge

We will be holding a Balsam Bashing Challenge to help eradicate Himalayan Balsam growing along the banks of Canley Brook on Wednesday 23 June at 1.00 pm. Find out more.

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The UK graduate labour market post-pandemic: How is it shaping up for graduating finalists?
Online

This event will provide an overview of the current UK labour market; how different sectors are faring; which sectors are continuing to struggle, where there are shortages and what kinds of new opportunities are being created as a result of the pandemic.

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MITN - Perceptions of workplace soft skills in a vocational ESL program

Perceptions of workplace soft skills in a vocational ESL program

Dr Julie Kerekes, University of Toronto

Webinar - Wednesday 23rd June 2021, 17:00-18:00 BST

In 2014, Kerekes began a collaboration, The Mesa Project, with an immigrant settlement organization in Ontario, Canada: University of Toronto (UT) students teamed up with Mesa Centre instructors and administrators who provided sector-specific English language courses for newcomers to Canada. Together they investigated Mesa’s approach to teaching soft skills, a buzzword among Toronto’s employers. As a result of this project, a number of University of Toronto students gained research experience applicable to their post-graduate professions, Mesa implemented curricular changes in their course offerings, and Mesa and UT’s collaboration – an instance of twinning beyond the university setting – continues.

The collaboration resulted in a rich set of classroom observation and interview data. Kerekes and her research assistant, Jeanne Sinclair, subsequently analyzed the data in order to better understand the role of soft skills instruction in the ideologies of immigrant success conveyed by Mesa Centre to its clientele. The original data collected by the student teams were reviewed, and their transcriptions were completed and refined. These included data from classroom observations, focus group discussions, and interviews conducted by the student researchers with the ESL students and instructors they had observed. Through this analysis, ideologies relating soft skills to “cultural fit” are revealed and discussed in the context of their significance for newcomers seeking employment in Canada.

To join our Teams webinar, please click here slightly before the start time and do let us know if you experience any difficulties in joining. It would be helpful if you could let us know in advance at mitn@warwick.ac.uk that you plan to join.