Bath Spa Award: what counts?

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You may have heard about the Bath Spa Award, but are unsure as to what you have to do or what counts towards it. Have no fear – here’s a quick guide to set you right.

In order to receive the Award, you’ll need to complete all seven of the following sections…

Get Thinking
What skills to have? Think about which ones you’d perhaps like to improve. This section asks you to write a brief a paragraph for two skills you’d like to get better at over the coming months. Such areas might include: management, networking, brand awareness, communication, creative thinking… anything, so long as it’s going to aid you.

Get Informed
In order to complete this section, you must have attended at least two careers workshops, preferably relevant to your interests. However, if you have received a form of training for other positions you hold outside of your course, we can me be able to include this, too.

Get Experience
This section requires you to complete 100 hours of work experience. It sounds more than it is, and more than likely you’ll already have ticked some off. This work can be anything extra-curricular, so long as it doesn’t coincide with your course – even roles such as society president or society secretary, housing rep or student ambassador all count!

Get Digital
Show us that you’re digitally literate by providing us with evidence of communication online. Whether you’re on Twitter, a YouTuber, a blogger or live on LinkedIn, we want to see your online presence.

Get Networking
We want to know that you’re networking with potential employers – online interaction, plus two face-to-face appearances. Have you connected on LinkedIn, Twitter or email? Maybe you’ve been to speed-networking event on campus or with Creative Bath? Always ask us if you’re unsure as to what counts.

Get Advice
Book an appointment to see us via My Career – this will let you stop by Steward’s Lodge and speak to the Award Team about how you’re getting on. It couldn’t be simpler, and it’s pretty useful, too!

Get the Award
Last but not least, you’ll be invited to attend our assessment centre in the spring. This half-day event will test your skills and help to showcase your strengths, giving you a real taste for what it’s like to attend an assessment centre for an industry placement.

All done? It’s then time for our celebration event, where you’ll receive your certificate.

Not signed up? You’ve still got time – visit bathspa.ac.uk/theaward today!

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Bath Spa Award: The Lowdown

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What is it?
You might have heard people talking about the Bath Spa Award, and so probably asked yourself two obvious questions… what exactly is the Bath Spa Award? And why is it worth undertaking?

Have a minute? Great, then let’s talk you through it.

The Bath Spa Award was created so you can gain official accreditation for the extracurricular strengths and skills you’ve gained alongside your degree. Here at Bath Spa, we know our students are involved with all sorts of volunteering, part-time work and activities, so we wanted to make sure these achievements were recognised. If you’re a second-year, third-year or postgraduate student, you’re eligible!

In a nutshell, the Award:

  • Recognises achievements such as positions within clubs and societies, voluntary work, paid jobs outside of uni and your dedication to networking with employers
  • Provides a unique opportunity to build on essential skills for your future career
  • Gives you a chance to form friendships with like-minded students

 

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What do people say about it?
“The Bath Spa Award definitely motivated me to take those extra opportunities and I’m really proud I’ve got it. A lot of the work and volunteer hours were things I was doing anyway as part-time jobs. It’s a good way to assess the things that I wanted to work on and think, ‘I’ve actually managed to do that!’”  
Matilda Karabina, BA (Hons) Creative Writing

“One of the most beneficial things about the Award was choosing the skills you wanted to cover. I wanted to cover leadership, so I was able to get experience and prove that I had worked on my leadership skills.”
Amy Lamborn, BA (Hons) Education Studies with Media Communications

 

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What do I have to do?
There are seven different steps to gaining the award – but don’t be daunted, it sounds more work than it really is. You’ll probably find that you’ve already done more than you think once you get started!

  • Get Thinking (recognise two skills you want to improve)
  • Get Informed (attend two Careers workshops)
  • Get Experience (100 hours of work experience)
  • Get Digital (show your experience of digital skills)
  • Get Networking (have two face-to-face and one online interaction with employers)
  • Get Advice (book a 20-minute guidance appointment)
  • Get The Award (attend our assessment centre event)

Each section is aimed specifically to ensure you have all the essential skills you’ll need to be a success in the workplace. Don’t worry: if ever you feel like you’re struggling or don’t quite know how to complete a section, feel free to get in touch with one the Bath Spa Award team via our Ask A Question service or by emailing theaward@bathspa.ac.uk

 

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Great! How do I sign up?
If you head to bathspa.ac.uk/theaward and sign in with your BSSU student details, you’ll be taken straight to My Career’s Bath Spa Award information section. Simply click on the registration form link, fill it out and submit – it’s as simple as that. Within several days you should receive an email from the Bath Spa Award team, confirming your place.

What are you waiting for? Get signed up today!