Supporting personal development
through Confident Futures
Director of Confident Futures, QES and Teaching Fellow
www.napier.ac.uk/confidentfutures 16 January 2007
Quiz (with Prizes!)
1. What proportion of Scottish students graduating in 1999
said in 2004 that their job was appropriate for their level of
2. The number of graduates exiting universities increased by
almost 2/3 between 1996 and 2006. By approximately what
proportion have graduate level vacancies increased in the
same time period?
3. Name 2 of the top 5 skills that recruiters are looking for in
4. Employers are increasingly referring to the ideal graduate
as being ‘self reliant’. Graduate Opportunities 2006
identified 5 key skills for self reliance – name 3.
What is Confident Futures?
A programme of activity
designed to promote the
confident development of
which when coupled with
will position our graduates as
‘first choice with employers’.
Evolution of Confident Futures
Employability May 2005 Sept 2005
Steering Work to 2 day student
Group starts design event runs to
work on CF model out test
proposal to tender proposed
CMT agree CMT Fundraising
initial support approve begins in
and CF wins tender CF pilots earnest
The Confident Futures programme includes :
• a highly participative day of workshops (Launch Day) at the
beginning of induction week to promote social integration;
• a series of personal development units to build well founded
• flagship lectures with high profile motivational speakers;
• access to an electronic briefcase (WebCT portfolio tool)
designed to encourage ongoing self-reflection and meaningful
• access to resources via the Confident Futures website
Launch Day - Sept 2006
SoC Olivia Giles
The Development Units
3 Development Strands Launch Day
• Understanding self Year 1
• Promoting effective behaviours Learned Optimism
• Engaging & influencing others
Taking on Challenges
Dealing with Conflict
Developing Professional Relationships
Certification not Accreditation
Design & Delivery Partners
Confident Futures Lecture Series
Dr. Stuart Cosgrove
Director of Nations and Regions
Thursday, 22 March 2007
(6.30pm, Craiglockhart Campus)
The Electronic Briefcase (WebCT Portfolio)
Confident Futures Resources
Website Confidence Profiling
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Lessons Learned So Far
• Students enjoy & benefit from the experience:
"I attended Attitude Counts today and just wanted to
thank you for it. I thought Isobel was great and really
kept me interested the whole time, which is usually
hard for me, so thank you."
• CF needs to integrated into the academic
experience if it is to be fully effective.
• Academic staff engagement is key to student
Only possible with the considerable commitment
of many colleagues to make it happen …..
Jennifer Graham Jenny Westwood Ian Smith
Fran Alston Janice Reilly Anne Sibbald Donna Chambers
John Ensor Peter Easy Elaine Mowat Joan Hale
Clare MacGregor Fraser Lamont Sandra Cairncross Paul Dean
Louisa Grotrian Anne Waugh
Stephen Bruce Allie Houghton
Liz Logie McIver Andrew Cumming Katy Thierens
Malcolm Leitch Fred Percival Catriona Lonie
Jo Easingwood Leanne McNab
Lynne Blackett Clare Jenkinson Bruce Cowan
Leslie Laidlaw James Blair Norma Cruickshank
• Recruit 3 Confident Futures Facilitators to:
- support embedding of the project;
- ensure continued alignment with PDP;
- raise awareness amongst staff and students.
• Design of more Development Units.
• Further roll out to PGs & 3 more schools.
• Run Development Units for staff.
• Expand employer mentor capacity and other
opportunities for employer support / involvement.
1. What proportion of Scottish students graduating in 1999 said in 2004 that
their job was appropriate for their level of qualification? 65% (On Track :
Class of 99. Longitudinal Survey of Learners Sweep 2: 2005)
2. The number of graduates exiting universities increased by almost 2/3
between 1996 and 2006. By approximately what proportion have
graduate level vacancies increased in the same time period? 10% (UK
Graduate Careers Survey 2006)
3. Name 2 of the top 5 skills that recruiters are looking for in graduates.
Team working, oral communication, flexibility and adaptability,
customer focus and problem solving (AGR Summer Survey 2006)
4. Employers are increasingly referring to the ideal graduate as being ‘self
reliant’. Graduate Opportunities 2006 identified 5 key skills for self
reliance – name 3.
Self awareness; Self promotion; Exploring & creating
opportunities; Action-planning; Networking.