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Focus on Management

Wednesday 11th and Thursday 12th June 2014

UCL Careers are now looking for Team Managers for their upcoming Focus on Management course. The Team Manager role is a great way to develop leadership and facilitation skills while helping current students become more employable. In recent years many of the Team Managers have been UCL alumni and we hope you find the opportunity of interest. By being a Team Manager you will be able to:

· Try out different leadership styles and techniques in a “safe” environment

· Build your existing management experience or get some experience as an aspiring manager

· Practice feeding back to your team

· Get guidance and feedback from an experienced coach

· Raise the profile of your company and be an informal ambassador for your employer

· Network with 100 pre-selected, highly motivated UCL students

Full details about the course and the Team Manager role are below.

What is Focus on Management?

Focus on Management is a two day course, run by UCL Careers Service. 100 of our current students, from all years, levels of study and degree disciplines, attend and receive practical teamwork, commercial awareness and presentation training from employers. These students work in teams on a range of employers’ case studies and each team is led by a “Team Manager”- a new or aspiring manager who wants to gain experience and coaching in managing people.

The course will be held at ​UCL Academy (Swiss Cottage, London) - the first University sponsored school in the UK with ground breaking curriculum ambitions. The building has been purpose built and we will be hosted in one of their super-studios.

Watch the video to hear from some of the team managers who took part last year:

More about the Team Manager role
You will spend two days helping your team of nine students complete four case studies, each provided by a different graduate employer. Last year these employers were Barclays, Capco, Civil Service Faststream, Sainsburys. Since the case studies are pitched at a level for any student to participate, you do not need any specialist knowledge of these companies or their work. Your role will be to guide the students through each case study, facilitating discussion and decisions, sharing workload across the team and ensuring case studies are completed on time.

The role is a great way to practice your leadership and facilitation skills, using different styles and techniques, in a "safe" environment. You will be provided with a coach with significant experience in management, coaching or training and development. The coach will work with you over the two days to set your learning objectives for the course, provide feedback and offer advice.

Feedback From Recent Team Managers

“I came wanting an experience of management not having had much and I wanted to be more confident in delivering my ideas and intentions. I got both of these things in buckets and I’m really happy with that.”

“The course exceeded my expectations. The opportunity to reflect and get feedback from a coach after each case study was positive. ”

“Have learnt so much in terms of myself and style of leading. Great confidence boost."

"Very supportive, encouraged me to break out beyond my comfort zone and helped me to think about how to manage different scenarios."

“I would feel more confident to manage a team of people and my coach gave very useful feedback throughout which allowed me to develop my management skills.”

Wider benefits of being a Team Manager

You will spend two days in close contact with your team of nine pre-selected, highly motivated UCL students and act as an informal ambassador for your employer, sharing your experiences of applying and working there and encouraging others to apply.  At the employers’ networking session you will meet and share information with all one hundred students on the course. You will be able to distribute recruitment literature at this session, and invite a colleague along if you wish.

If your employer wants to raise their profile with UCL students then sending a Team Manager on this course is a fantastic way to do so.

Of course, you will also be making a direct contribution to current students’ employability at a very challenging time in the graduate job market

Costs and what to do next

The team manager role offers fantastic training as well as a promotional opportunity for graduate employers, so we do make a charge of £595 + VAT to the company that sends each team manager. If you would like to be one of the team managers for 2014, and your employer is happy to pay for you to attend, please email Vivienne Watson at v.watson@ucl.ac.uk and we will send you a booking form to complete. If you have any further questions about the Team Manager role or Focus on Management, Vivienne will be happy to answer them by email (above) or on 020 7866 3628.

UCL Careers are also offering discounted Team Manager positions to SMEs and UCL staff members. Please contact Vivienne Watson for further information.

For more information contact: Vivienne Watson, v.watson@ucl.ac.uk

Focus on Management 2014 is kindly sponsored by ICAEW


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