AGCAS Heads of Service Conference 2020

Creating and Leading the Careers Service of the Future

Shifting from reacting to re-designing

Recent years have been a period of unprecedented change for higher education careers services. What we are expected to do, how we do it and who we do it with have all evolved. These changes have often been reactions to immediate pressures in the HE environment, but there is an increasing need to take a strategic approach to employability and to make decisions now that will have a profound impact on the future of the profession.

Institutions are considering careers and employability as a whole-institution issue rather than the marginal remit of a particular professional services department. The obligation of providing value-for-money support for all students is being balanced against the need to improve the prospects of particular disadvantaged groups. The need to embed employability across academic activities is changing the demands and expectations placed on careers professionals. Rapidly accelerating changes in the workplace mean that what made your graduates employable in the past may not work in the future.

  • How are you prioritising and coordinating a diverse range of institutional activities into a holistic, integrated approach with demonstrable impact on the employability of all your students and graduates, especially the groups who most need it?
  • How are you re-defining what it means to be a higher education careers professional in the context of increasing embedding of employability within the core activities of your institution?
  • How are you ensuring that your graduates are prepared for the changing nature of the job market and the future of careers?
  • What does it take to lead a careers team through a complex and changing environment to create a service that is fit for the future?

The event is divided into three parts:

  • Leadership Refresher Training 8 January
  • Conference and Exhibition 9 January (open to all, including sponsors and exhibitors)
  • AGCAS Member Business and Development Day 10 January (open to AGCAS members and invited representatives from related sector bodies)

Full conference programme incl workshop descriptions (digital)  

Conference programme (word doc) workshop descriptions (word doc)

Leadership Refresher Training

On the topic of Shaping our destiny: understanding the rules and playing the right game, this training is aimed at new Heads of Service, both those who have been promoted into the role and those who come from outside the HE Careers sector, Deputies looking to move into a Heads of Service role and existing Heads of Service who are now engaged on a more strategic level within their own institution.

Leadership resfresher programme Leadership refresher description

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