Career Enhancement Programme Online

A Graduate Code Online Course

‘In every professional is a student wanting to learn and in every student is a professional waiting to earn – the graduate code ties both realms together’.

COURSE OVERVIEW

This course is based on the book titled ‘The Graduate Code’ and its audience are students, graduates and young professionals. It is a non-fiction guide/motivational/educational book. Even though it was written with the African market in mind, it’s framing can help most students to plan for their careers and help most young professionals to enhance theirs.

The book is made up of three main parts each containing several chapters. Each chapter is made up of three sub-sections: a summary of the tenets (i.e. the main messages) for that chapter, an in-depth code narrative and finally some practical exercises and activities with a space for readers to respond in the book as they attempt to plan their careers. It is written in an easy-to-read conversational style with perspectives and case studies from the author’s experiences and those of friends and associates.

The objectives of the course are:

  1. Exposing participants to a practical process of developing the strategy and plans to support a rich and internationally competitive student and professional career portfolio from an enterprise and employability perspective.
  2. Exposing students and professionals on how to use already available resources to enhance their studies, professional careers and differentiation in any organisation or institution.
  3. Exposing participants to practical and cost effective models of supporting career development, student enterprise and employability and professional development for competitive advantage.
  4. Exposing participants to ways of increasing the content of their Curriculum Vitae and personal development to be able to function better in the workplace, attract and guarantee career promotion.
  5. Learning the different global models of knowledge transfer, industry-engagement, resource mobilization and raising funding to be able to bridge the ever widening gaps between universities and industry which impacts negatively on student employability and professional development.
  6. Exposing participants to ways of understanding how to grow their passion, hobbies and interest into formidable and successful career or at least so that they have a clear alternative to their current careers.
  7. Exposing participants to models of developing and managing national and international partnerships, mentors, affiliations and communications to increase national relevance, regional significance and international leverage and exposure in a globally connected world.
  8. Learning how to increase their personal student support skills and knowledge through undertaking continuous professional development programmes and participation in international student career workshops, conferences and fellowships.
  9. Understanding the different models of increasing student work experiences through volunteering schemes; creativity through organizing extra-curricular activities and career-enhancing and employability focused projects; enterprise development through SME-engagement, incubation and start-up support programmes.
  10. Showing students or professionals how to grab their career bulls by the horn and chart a path to personal growth, development, career satisfaction and societal impact.

Structure of the Course

  • The course is made up of five modules, each containing several units (3 to 5 units per module)
  • Each unit is made up of three key sections: a summary of the tenets (i.e. the main messages) for that unit, an in-depth code narrative and some practical activities.
  • These activities are designed to get you to engage with the code and take responsibility for your own career progression.
  • For it to work and for you to get the full benefit of this online course, you will need to keep an open mind and respond to each activity honestly. I hope that The Graduate Code Online Course will help you to think a bit more carefully about your graduate career and plan effectively towards it.

Methodology

  • There are 5 modules of comprehensive, interactive and practical learning of approximately 5 days duration per module, including text, links to important and relevant resources and reference materials, PowerPoint presentations and graphics, images, audio and video content where available.
  • Online course mentors will support in the tracking of students interactions and give feedback to the course administrators which will help in the issuance of certificates of participation at the end of the course.
  • There is the availability of the Graduate Code Telegram Group which is an online support group for those that have been influenced by the tenets of the Graduate Code book.
  • There is also the integration of some text from the Graduate Code book itself into the Career Enhancement Programme Online Online to give you a flavour of the book.
  • There is also the availability of a regional face to face component for interactions with the author and educators under a range of initiatives including the Graduate Code Career Clinic, The Programme for Internationalization of Education (PIE), the Graduate Code Bootcamp and the Graduate Code International Summit. Please inquire how you might be able to participate in these initiatives within your region.

Duration and Time Expectations

  • A minimum of two weeks and a maximum of four weeks is required to complete the entire course depending on how many hours you can dedicate to the course.
  • 10+/- hours per week (for a two weeks completion time) and 5+/- hours per week (for a four weeks completion time) is required including content assimilation, participation in course activities, reflections from case studies and testimonials, engagement with educators, mentors and peers, undertaking assignments and responding to social media and course group interactions.
  • Overall commitment of 25 to 35 hours in total for duration of the course including additional activities and assignments.
  • Continuous online engagements are encouraged even after the course has been completed to enable us see how your career progresses with time.

– Each Module( 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5) is 30 USD

– Buy the full course for 100 USD

Assessment

  • Unit Comprehension: At the end of every unit, there would be online quizzes for each unit. The quizzes have been crafted with questions that demonstrate your understanding of the unit and comprehension of content that has been taught.
  • Module Reflection: At the end of every module, there is an opportunity for an Online Forum for reflections with other participants who engaged and undertook the same module.
  • Module Research: At the end of every module, you would be given a set of research questions to investigate about your studies and or professional career. The idea is that through the action of personal investigation, you would better understand current issues, global trends, opportunities and dimensions that impacts on your current studies and professional career.
  • Programme Action: We believe that this course will not be effective enough unless you were able to develop some sort of a career plan of action at the end of the entire programme. We will therefore request that you develop a draft plan which will help you to monitor your performance and progress.
  • Immersion (Optional): There is the availability of face to face Career Clinics, Career Bootcamps and Summits planned for regional participation. You would be informed of these sessions as they come up and it is optional and not part of the course but the benefits are extensive.

Meet Your Educators

  • The Career Enhancement Programme Online (GEPO) has been developed by Dr Akanimo Odon, who is the principal educator on the course.
  • Other educators include different experts from academia, government and international corporate organisations.
  • The course also has a collection of young professionals who have in many ways adopted the tenets of the Graduate Code and blossomed in their professional careers in different countries.
  • The course educators therefore include:
  • Dr Akanimo Odon – Founder and President, Flexylearn Disruption International (FDI) & Author, The Graduate Code.
  • Prof Kirk T. Semple – Director of International Engagement, Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University, United Kingdom
  • Prof Nigel Lockett – Professor of Entrepreneurship, Director & Head of Department, Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship, University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom
  • Dr Nicholas Ozor – Executive Director, African Technology Policy Studies Network (ATPS), Nairobi Kenya
  • Mr Jonathan Abra – Knowledge Transfer Manager, Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) United Kingdom
  • Onyinye Obiora – CEO, CEO/Proprietor, Orenda Schools and Educational Services Nigeria
  • Dr Alick Muvundika – Deputy Director- National Institutefor Scientific and Industrial Research, Lusaka – Zambia.
  • Beecee Obiajulu Ugbor – CEO, BisUch Media Consults, Life Coach/Educationist

Requirements

  • There are no basic requirements for this course as it has been designed as a simple, practical and interactive online course, based on practical experiences of the educators in a globally connected world.
  • The major requirements are that participants have a basic understanding of English language, with speaking, reading and writing competencies in order to engage with the course.
  • Participants must be able to allocate the time required for the course as indicated in the duration and time expectations section of the course introduction.

Certificates

At the end of the five modules, participants and students will receive a Certificate of Participation and Completion from Envirofly Consulting UK and Flexylearn International.

How to Participate

  • Start your application by registering your details online with the form provided
  • You will get an email confirming your registration plus further instructions.
  • Complete all modules to earn a Certificate

Testimonials

Listen to the testimonials from different people who have been positively impacted by the tenets of the Career Enhancement Programme Online Online developed from the contents of the Graduate Code book.

Are you interested in this course?

The next batch starts July 1st, 2020. Register your details below, we will send you updates about the next batch

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COURSE OUTLINE

1.1.    Introduction

1.2.   Objectives

1.3.   Learning Outcomes

1.4.   Unit 1. Introducing yourself

1.5.   Unit 2. Introducing the Graduate Code

1.6.   Unit 3. Taking the bull by the horns

1.7.    Unit 4. Choosing your career route(s)

2.1 Introduction
2.2 Objectives
2.3 Learning Outcomes
2.4 Unit 1. Getting paid for your hobbies
2.5 Unit 2. Investing your time
2.6 Unit 3. Creating your curriculum vitae (CV)
2.7 Unit 4. Working for no pay
2.8 Unit 5. Learning with no box

3.1 Introduction
3.2 Objectives
3.3 Learning Outcomes
3.4 Unit 1. Finding a mentor
3.5 Unit 2. Building your network
3.6 Unit 3. Improving your affiliations

4.1 Introduction
4.2 Objectives
4.3 Learning Outcomes
4.4 Unit 1. Researching an interest
4.5 Unit 2. Starting something new
4.6 Unit 3. Furthering your education
4.7 Unit 4. Anticipating and preparing for social pressures

5.1 Introduction
5.2 Objectives
5.3 Learning Outcomes
5.4 Unit 1. Realising your light-bulb moment
5.5 Unit 2. Making up for lost time
5.6 Unit 3. Aligning skills for the new era
5.7 Unit 4. Optimising opportunities for internationals
5.8 Unit 5. Understanding and planning your space
5.9 Unit 6. Living by the Graduate Code

Extras on the Career Enhancement Programme Online

  • Case study 1: When further studies lead you to your light-bulb moment
  • Case study 2: Building on a passion awakened during a first degree
  • Case study 3: Developing an interest into a paid role
  • Case study 4: Finding your passion later in your career
  • Case study 5: Using the fourth industrial revolution to drive your career
  • Case study 6: Increasing your knowledge of one area while working in another
  • Case study 7: Finding your niche within a career chosen for its convenience
  • Case study 8: Identifying a challenge and using it to drive innovation