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Progression and Well-being Certificate

To complete this certificate you need to attend 6 hours or more of guided learning from the following units.  You may, however, choose any of these which you are interested in without the obligation of working towards the certificate.  Some additional titles may be introduced during the currency of our timetable.  These will also count towards the certification.

Auditing Case Study (2 hours)

Useful for anyone interested in management or entrepreneurship.  Within Assurance you’ll be providing decision makers with information they can trust and giving investors confidence. High-quality audit adds insight and value and shows if a company is sustainable and profitable. Auditing companies do the most interesting work for the biggest clients, and are constantly innovating and creating new opportunities. This work offers you the opportunity to develop your strengths and discover your purpose. Find out more about work that really matters through this interactive session that will cover Financial Audit, Government & Public Sector and Risk Assurance. 

Date to be confirmed

CV Masterclass (1 hour)

This is an interactive session on how to present yourself effectively in your CV. After attending you will be equipped with the skills to develop your CV, putting into practice the lessons learnt. After attending, CV reviews are available at the Careers Centre, 51a Park Place. Drop in available weekdays 1-4, no need to book beforehand. Alternatively you can book with your school careers adviser via your careers account on the intranet. We recommend you do this to ensure your CV is ready to stand out to employers! Book an appointment with Cardiff University Careers Service.

Date to be confirmed

Dealing With Examinations’ Anxieties (1 hour)

Everyone finds exams scary – some at just better at hiding it!  Anxiety is a normal emotion to have when faced with the stress of exams.  A little bit of anxiety helps to focus us on the task in hand, while too much is debilitating and overwhelms us. 

This session is designed to help you better understand how anxiety impacts on your thoughts, feelings and body (how you behave and how you feel physically).  You’ll be taught effective strategies to gain control over your anxiety, enabling you to concentrate and think clearly when studying for and sitting your exams.  It will include cognitive behavioural therapy techniques to help you recognise and challenge unhelpful thinking patterns and relaxation techniques to help you calm your body.

Wednesday 19 April 1230-1330

Dealing With Presentations’ Anxieties (1 hour)

Terrified at the thought of having to give a presentation? Learn to cope with the anxiety and gain confidence in your presentation skills.  It is perfectly normal to feel anxious and nervous at the thought of giving a presentation in front of your peers and tutor, especially if this is something you are not used to doing, and you are still getting to know those people.

Some people are better are hiding these anxious feelings than others, but we all feel nervous in these situations.  It’s just some of us get overwhelmed by these feelings so that we can’t concentrate on preparing for the presentation, and may even get so anxious that when we have to stand up and speak, our legs feel like jelly, our mouth goes dry and our mind goes blank.   For some the anxiety is so great that they avoid giving presentations altogether, even if that means losing valuable grades.

This workshop is designed to help you understand how your body reacts to anxiety.  It will teach you skills to identify the unhelpful thoughts that exacerbate and maintain the anxiety, showing you how to challenge these and re-focus onto your strengths.  It will also teach you how to use relaxation techniques to help you calm your body down, so you are regaining control of both your body and mind (thoughts) in stressful situations, such as when giving a presentation.

By learning to think more calmly and be more confident when delivering a presentation, you will equip yourself to handle the stresses and pressures of the work environment more effectively, increasing your employability.

Date to be confirmed

Dealing With Worry (2 hours)

Caught up in your worrying thoughts? Learn to how to stop worrying so much and take a more relaxed approach to life.

Sometimes we can get caught up in our worries, finding ourselves unable to focus on anything except those worrying thoughts. It can feel impossible to think about anything else and you can find yourself lying awake at night, unable to relax, switch off your mind and fall asleep.  This in turn leads to further frustration and worry at being unable to sleep, difficulty concentrating on your studies, worried about falling behind and on and on – a worry cycle. 

This workshop will help you to understand the process that leads you into, and maintains, your worry cycle. You’ll be taught techniques and strategies to challenge these worrying thoughts, and you will be given useful ‘tools’ including worry diaries and a ‘worry script’ that you can use to help you begin to regain control over your worry thoughts, enabling you to get a healthier, more balanced outlook on life.

By learning to think more calmly and worry less, you will equip yourself to handle the stresses and pressures of the work environment more effectively, increasing your employability. 

Date to be confirmed

Managing Procrastination (2 hours)

This workshop will help you to understand the process that leads into, and maintains, your procrastination. You’ll be taught techniques and strategies to challenge and change your procrastinating behaviour.  Strategies that you learn in this workshop will stand you in good stead for your academic studies and in the workplace. Working to deadlines, planning, and communicating well with others are all skills that many of you will use every day throughout your working life. Gaining control of your procrastination will enable you to develop these skills effectively and thus improve your employability.

Tuesday 14 March 2017 1700-1900

Psychometric Testing (1 hour)

Many graduate employers use psychometric assessment tools to assess candidates for their organisations.  This session will give you an introduction to various types of psychometric assessment tests and gives you an opportunity to take a practice test, in preparation for any recruitment testing you might be asked to do.  Please bring a calculator along to this session. Session delivered by PwC.

Date to be confirmed.  

Sleep Well (2 hours)

When you’re stressed and anxious (such as at exam time) or dealing with changes to your normal routine (for instance, starting a new experience like coming to university), it’s perfectly normal for your sleep patterns to be disturbed.  For some people your sleep will naturally sort itself out when the stress is over or you get used to the new routine or situation. However, for others your sleep may get ‘stuck’ in this disturbed pattern, increasing your stress levels and making it more difficult for you find the energy to get on with life.

The first part of this workshop will help you to identify different types of sleep disorders; increase your understanding of the effects of poor sleep and explore the physical, emotional, lifestyle and environmental causes of sleep problems. 

The second part will focus on teaching you practical strategies and ideas on how to improve your sleep, including relaxation techniques, and recognising and challenging unhelpful expectations and anxious thoughts around sleep. It will teach you a technique to ‘retrain’ yourself to sleep properly and give you a series of useful ‘Sleeping Tips’ along with a list of books and websites for further reading and information.

By learning to relax and improve your sleep patterns, you will have increased your energy and concentration to ensure you can handle the stresses and pressures of life.

Tuesday 21st February 1700-1800

Additional sessions offered by the Student Well-being Team 

The timetable for Skills Development Service courses over the 2015-2016 Spring Semester is available here