Programme Details


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Keynote Speakers

How to deal with uncertainty
Caspar Berry

Caspar Berry studied economics at Cambridge and was a professional poker player in Las Vegas for 3 years. He is now a veteran speaker who has delivered over 2,000 speeches in 30 countries and to companies including Google, IBM, AUDI, McDonalds, Microsoft, Redbull. In his keynote he will relate to his unique experience in the world of poker to deliver challenging messages about the way we think about risk-taking and decision-making in an increasingly uncertain world. He will outline what is really meant by uncertainty, what causes it, what it affects, what to do about it and how to embrace it. The audience will get information on how they can help their students to deal with uncertainty and to make decisions in a VUCA world.



Thriving Through Uncertainty

Kate Goodger, PhD

One thing that is certain in life is that we each must face into times of uncertainty, and this doesn’t always feel great. Interestingly, it is often our own mind that creates the biggest challenge to dealing effectively with uncertainty and we stand in our own way. Equally, the mind can create tremendous stability and energy to really embrace and grow through times of risk and uncertainty, and this is the challenge athletes face daily.
 
This keynote will provide an engaging and inspiring behind the scenes look at how Olympic athletes develop the skills to manage and thrive under uncertain conditions. We will use a simple and practical model of the neuroscience and mechanics of the mind to understand:
•       the purpose of uncertainty.
•       where the emotions and thoughts that are triggered from uncertainty come from.
•       the rules of the mind that help guide us in how to train it and manage uncertainty better.


Plenary Sessions

HiringPlus: A Spotlight on Trends in Hiring and Talent Development from 3 Perspectives

A highly anticipated part of the programme each year is a panel discussion to hear the perspectives of employers/recruiters on the trends in hiring and the developments that panelists expect to see in their sectors. Conference attendees find this interaction highly engaging and a great way to get a further insight from the recruiter/employer viewpoint. During this session, we will hear from employers as well as recent alums who will discuss hiring practices, trends, skills sought and ways they are developing future talent. 

Breakout Sessions

Monday, 30 March

14:45 - 16:00
Breakout session A

  • How might we turn a classroom into an interactive and engaging learning experience?
    Natalya Shustova, IE University
    The traditional educational role of career centres knowledge and content giver is not enough. It’s transforming now into the role of facilitator: the creator of a trustful collaborative learning environment, where students can open up, search, discover, experiment, co-create and grow together. In this session, we are going to share with you a recipe for engagement from 'Art of Hosting and Design Thinking': top facilitation tips and tricks for designing a better learning experience.

  • Self-Awareness and Student Career Success
    Sabyne Moras, SDA Bocconi, Vishal Thacker, Adeline Chung
    Enabling students to take ownership of their career, and direct it in a way that is meaningful to them is vital to their success. Furthermore, employers increasingly demand self-aware employees who know how they fit with the company and not in it just for the "job". But there is a challenge with enabling a large student body to understand their "superpower(s)" and apply them to their career search. In this break out session, we share with you a modular method which we have applied at SDA Bocconi, and other schools, with around 900 students.

  • Train-the-Trainer: Teach ANY Student How to Network Like a Rockstar (incl. introverts & international students)
    Louise Mustchin, Jaymin J Patel
    Do your students sometimes find networking to be "fake" and "boring" or just plain intimidating? Jaymin is a speaker, coach, and top-selling author of "The MBA Guide to Networking Like A Rockstar". He has presented his "Rockstar Approach" over 500 times globally. After 7 years of speaking and a standing-room-only session at the Global Conference, he now is sharing a "Train the Trainer" module in Europe that will teach career coaches step-by-step how to leverage his popular and time-tested frameworks to teach networking to ANY student to help find their dream job in a global market.

  • Using Peer Learning to Enhance and Scale Up Career Centre Offering
    Carola Dillinger, London Business School
    In this session we will share best practices on how leveraging students’ experience and expertise can enhance the Career Centre offering for MBA programmes. LBS will present various approaches to peer learning used in their MBA career curriculum, including an overview of their peer leader programme and different classroom interventions such as peer reviews. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss these and share or brainstorm ideas for their own programmes. We will also consider how this methodology can help change students’ perception of career centres as a partner rather than a service and improve collaboration between staff and students.

Tuesday, 31 March

14:00 - 15:15
Breakout session B

 
  • How to Launch Group-based Collaborative Workshops: A Case Study of a Career Coaching and Psychological Services Joint-Partnership
    Gene Cleckley, INSEAD Business School
    The session will illustrate how INSEAD's CDC and Psychological Services department help MBA students cope with anxiety, social stress and internal conflict during the school's intense six-week on-campus recruitment period. The presentation will consider, in particular: the virtues and challenges of collaborating and engaging with university departments with intersecting concerns. Participants will also learn about the different methodologies used during the programme's launch and we will explore the application of resilience principles to student groups in certain real conditions. Lastly, we will highlight different methods of using the group setting to mobilize students to help themselves and others.

     
  • Strategic Networking and Information Retrieval; In the Age of Big Data and AI
    Davina Noonan, Warwick Business School
    The ever-changing trends in today's labour market along with the increase in information and AI means a continuous need to upskill in order to best support students to manoeuvre this landscape for success. Data and information are increasing, thus the issue is not a lack of information, but rather, information overload. This session introduces the fundamentals of Boolean coding which is used in conjunction with conditional statements in programming, search engines, algorithms, and formulas. This session is applicable to those who wish to enhance the provision of their careers support whilst simultaneously aligning to the overall vision and strategy of providing an enriching student experience.

     
  • Turning Soft Skills Hard: The Case For Leadership Coaching In Development Of Multi-Cultural MBA Teams
    Yasmin Ansari, Aston Business School
    Core to the Aston MBA is a focus on multi-cultural team working. In this session, we will cover a novel coaching approach, designed to enable international students. We will talk about our compulsory ‘Edge’ module, which provides students with essential skills they need in their career, such as negotiation, leadership, resilience, presentation skills, teamwork, CVs/LinkedIn, and personal branding.
    The session will also discuss a project where students were tasked to create a solution to improve market performance of a product; in the process, they worked with their coach to hone their presentation skills, ensure effective team cohesion and manage conflict.

     
  • Using Peer Learning to Enhance and Scale Up Career Centre Offering
    Carola Dillinger, London Business School
    In this session we will share best practices on how leveraging students’ experience and expertise can enhance the Career Centre offering for MBA programmes. LBS will present various approaches to peer learning used in their MBA career curriculum, including an overview of their peer leader programme and different classroom interventions such as peer reviews. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss these and share or brainstorm ideas for their own programmes. We will also consider how this methodology can help change students’ perception of career centres as a partner rather than a service and improve collaboration between staff and students.

     
Wednesday, 1 April

12:00 - 13:15
Breakout session C

 
  • Coaching Women to Greater Empowerment
    Jen Murphy, Ohio University - College of Business
    Women perceive many barriers as they contemplate their career paths. Yet, as Sheryl Sandberg likes to point out, “Being confident and believing in your own self-worth is necessary to achieving your potential.” Drawing from 4 case studies in the U.S. and U.K, this session will explore female graduate student’s self-confidence challenges. Based on these insights, the session will highlight how a shift in career coaching can empower and contribute to a woman’s positive self-efficacy, storytelling, and narrative.

    Lessons learned will be shared that challenge barriers and assumptions female students face; especially navigating their career journey and embracing their narrative.
 
  • How to Launch Group-based Collaborative Workshops: A Case Study of a Career Coaching and Psychological Services Joint-Partnership
    Gene Cleckley, INSEAD Business School
    The session will illustrate how INSEAD's CDC and Psychological Services department help MBA students cope with anxiety, social stress and internal conflict during the school's intense six-week on-campus recruitment period. The presentation will consider, in particular: the virtues and challenges of collaborating and engaging with university departments with intersecting concerns. Participants will also learn about the different methodologies used during the programme's launch and we will explore the application of resilience principles to student groups in certain real conditions. Lastly, we will highlight different methods of using the group setting to mobilize students to help themselves and others.

     
  • Strategic Networking and Information Retrieval; In the Age of Big Data and AI
    Davina Noonan, Warwick Business School
    The ever-changing trends in today's labour market along with the increase in information and AI means a continuous need to upskill in order to best support students to manoeuvre this landscape for success. Data and information are increasing, thus the issue is not a lack of information, but rather, information overload. This session introduces the fundamentals of Boolean coding which is used in conjunction with conditional statements in programming, search engines, algorithms, and formulas. This session is applicable to those who wish to enhance the provision of their careers support whilst simultaneously aligning to the overall vision and strategy of providing an enriching student experience.