Careers and Employability Service

Inspiring Women Week

28 February to 4 March 2022

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A series of events in the lead up to International Women’s Day on 8 March focusing on the experience of women in a variety of industries.

All students of any gender are very welcome to attend Inspiring Women Week events.

Events

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CVs, Cover letters and Application forms
Join this information session to find out the key things you need to include in your CV, application forms and cover letters. We will cover the do's and don'ts and ways to tailor your documents to make you stand out.
Mon 11:00-12:00
Women breaking into tech: In conversation with Sparta Global
Technology needs more diversity. Women are still severely under-represented in the digital sector and continue to be a minority within tech leadership. This event will introduce you to the career opportunities available in technology and how you could become the next female role model. Join Sparta Global, an award-wining tech company focussed on diversity, for an informal conversation on how to land your dream digital role.
Mon 13:00-14:00
Study Plus -Building Resilience: How to Manage the uncomfortable by Jeffrey Wotherspoon
This workshop is designed to give you the skills you need to feel empowered when facing challenging situations and ensure you have tools that when applied can help you to problem solve.
Mon 14:30-16:30
Study Plus - Understanding Leadership Styles by Ali Whelan
Understand what we mean by leadership style, the importance of knowing your preferred style but when and how to use alternative styles. Also covered would be how to work effectively with your managers leadership style and the importance understanding leadership preferences and styles can help aid resilience.
Tue 10:00-11:30
Using LinkedIn to support your job search
Have you heard of LinkedIn, but you are unsure how it works? Or maybe you have a LinkedIn profile, but you would like to grow your network? In this interactive session an Adviser provide advice on creating and developing an effective profile, as well as discuss the tools you can use to expand your connections and find jobs!
Tue 12:00-13:00
ASPIRE: Female Founders
Four inspirational women share their experiences of starting and running their own business, giving their tips for getting started, and keeping going.
Tue 13:00-14:00
#IamRemarkable
#IamRemarkable is a Google initiative empowering women and underrepresented groups to speak openly about their accomplishments in the workplace and beyond, thereby breaking modesty norms and glass ceilings. Learn more at g.co/IamRemarkable
Tue 14:00-15:30
#BreaktheBias: Leading Change
Swale Borough Council is celebrating Leading Change this International Women’s Day with your opportunity to find out more about roles in conservation, climate change and local government’s role in tackling this monumental challenge. Join Larissa Reed (Chief Executive, Swale Borough Council), Cllr Hannah Perkin (Councillor and Deputy Cabinet Member, Swale Borough Council), Nadia Ward (Swale Area Warden, Kent Wildlife Trust) and Danielle Whelan (Technical Brewer, Shepherd Neame) as they discuss their experiences in both the public and private sector.
Wed 13:00-14:00
In conversation with Christina Hughes: Building your network
Join Lara Cavill (Employer Engagement & Events Officer) in conversation with Christina Hughes, Honorary Professor and former Interim Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education and Student Experience) at the University of Kent and Founder and CEO of Women-Space.
Wed 16:30-17:30
Overcoming shyness & imposter syndrome
Join Sam Fairbrother as she shares her career cringes, little wins, fails and triumphs. She will take you on her journey from studying, to interning, to finding a job, and now starting her own business.
Thu 13:00-14:00
How to answer interview questions - the normal, the tricky and the downright strange!
If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be and why? … Does the thought of answering interview questions fill you with dread?! Come along to this interactive workshop, where we will discuss how to tackle basic interview questions, such as motivational questions, the trickier ones, including competency based and the unusual questions!
Thu 14:00-15:00
Building resilience for the recruitment process
What is resilience in relation to the recruitment process? Steps to develop this vital skill and demonstrate resilience to employers
Thu 15:00-16:00
Study Plus - Working as a Team By Kate Gardner
By the end of the session you will have:
  • Identifed the characteristics of a great team
  • Explored the stages in team formation
  • Examined the roles people play in teams
  • Looked at things to do to encourage team performance​
Fri 10:30-12:00
The Female Entrepreneur: Victoria Rowley, Puddle Ducks
Victoria Rowley, owner of Puddle Ducks East Kent, North Kent & SE London will share her career journey from swimming instructor to owner of a successful franchise business. She will talk about what she has learnt as youngest franchisee across the Puddle Ducks network, top tips on running a business and how she kept her business afloat during the pandemic.
Fri 12:00-13:00
Shy Girl to Leading Woman - How Imperfection Can be Our Strongest Ally
It is time to turn imposter syndrome on its head and discover how your own imperfections can be your strongest ally
Fri 14:00-15:00
Improving your network
Want some tips on what can you do to improve and grow your female network? Ideas on who you should follow, groups you could join and what events would be useful to attend.
Fri 15:00-16:00
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Last Updated: 13/04/2022