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The Springboard Programme (for Women) | The Careers Service The Springboard Programme (for Women) – Oxford University Careers Service
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About Springboard

Based on the award-winning Springboard Programme for professional women – including those who identify as women – the course aims to ensure female students are equipped for their career after graduation but also provide them with tools to enhance their personal development in all aspects of life.

What is Springboard?

The Springboard Programme enables women to take more control over their own lives by helping participants identify the clear, practical and realistic steps that they want to take and develop the skills and confidence to take them. Evidence suggests that women are less likely than men to take this structured approach. The format is tried and tested and has an impeccable track record in an extraordinarily wide range of situations. The ingredients are:

  • Three one-day consecutive workshops + a one-day stand alone workshop
  • A personal workbook
  • Inspirational female guest speakers
  • An opportunity to build a development community

Topics covered

  • Self-assessment – understanding your personal values, skills, interests and relationships
  • Getting support for you
  • Dealing with change, dealing with feelings, dealing with stress
  • Assertiveness
  • Goal setting
  • Listening and making an impact
  • Putting yourself across positively
  • Planning your future with confidence and flexibility

How will you benefit?

The Springboard programme will encourage:

  • A positive attitude based on openness to experience and the ability to learn from it
  • Taking initiative when making decisions in lives, careers and academic work
  • Planning activities using goal-setting based on personal values
  • Improving confidence and assertiveness as women
  • Self-assessing your own resources, qualities and skills, and how to represent yourself positively
  • Promoting the formation of networks for support, encouragement and fun
  • Having access to sponsoring organisations including opportunities to network and seek mentors
Past participants' opinions

The Programme provides a great platform for participants to reflect on their core values, qualities, goals and interests and utilises the different sections in the programme to enable you to build a life that speaks to what you value” – Participant, MT15

“The holistic approach allows you to grow and have the tools and confidence to improve in all aspects of life, and because it’s not just about studying or careers I will carry these skills with me for years to come” – Participant, Hilary Term 2016

“Fabulous – I learnt so much and met so many lovely people. This has improved my confidence more significantly than anything else I’ve tried – thank you so much!”  – Participant, Hilary Term 2013

“The  Springboard Programme has been more than I ever expected. It has taught me how to take control of my life and improve on a variety of different aspects.”  – Participant, Michaelmas Term 2012

“It’s made me excited about everything in my future that I was so scared of before. Thank you!”  – Participant, Hilary Term 2013

“Springboard helped me in seeing the challenges I face as opportunities rather than problems”  – Participant, Hilary Term 2016

“It is not an exaggeration to say that Springboard is life changing! I left the course feeling so different – I am now more positive and focused, and feel more able to seek help from those around me”  – Participant, Hilary Term 2016

Videos about the programme

What could Springboard mean to you?

Hear from past students about what Springboard meant to them!

Why apply to the programme?

Hear from past students why you should apply now…

Why other women applied

… and why they applied!

What did you get out of the programme?

In this video, students let us know what effect Springboard had on them.

Ready to apply?

Hear some advice on whether or not to apply!

Programme for undergraduates

This unique version for Oxford University students has been made possible thanks to generous sponsorship by the Shell and Baillie Gifford.


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Details

There are 3 consecutive full days training, plus a follow-up workshop, held in the Careers Service. The programme runs once a year, Monday – Wednesday of 9th week in  Hilary Term. In addition, there’s a workshop in Wednesday of 0th week the following term. We will have a welcoming reception prior to the programme launch. You MUST be able to attend ALL 4 days of training.

Cost

Thanks to generous sponsorship and support, the course is free to participants. As places are limited to 50, we do ask for a £50 deposit returnable on completion of the course. Please note the deposit will only be returned after attendance at the fourth workshop and completion of the course evaluation at the end of the programme.

Applications

Who should apply?

The programme is open to all undergraduate female (including  students  who identify as female) students in all subject areas at Oxford University.

  • Spring course (9th wk of Hilary) – preference will be given to first years / pre-penultimates

How to apply

Applications are made through CareerConnect. Applicants will need to submit a CV and a 300 word supporting statement detailing why they wish to participate in the programme.

Any questions?

For further information or any queries please contact The Springboard Team on springboard@careers.ox.ac.uk.

Programme for Masters students

This brand new version of the programme has been specifically tailored to Masters students and has been made possible thanks to generous support from Shell and Baillie Gifford.

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Details

There are 3 consecutive full days training, plus a follow-up workshop, held in the Careers Service. The programme will run Tuesday – Thursday of 9th week in Michaelmas Term plus Thursday of 0th week of the following term. We will have a welcoming reception prior to the programme launch. You MUST be able to attend ALL 4 days of training. Please make sure you will be in Oxford and have accommodation arranged.

Cost

Thanks to generous sponsorship and support, the course is free to participants. As places are limited, we do ask for a £50 deposit returnable on completion of the course. Please note the deposit will only be returned after attendance at the fourth workshop and completion of the course evaluation at the end of the programme.

Applications

Who should apply?

The programme is open to all Masters students  who identify themselves as female at Oxford University.

How to apply

Applications are made through CareerConnect, ref ID: 29067. Applicants will need to submit a CV and a 300 word supporting statement detailing why they wish to participate in the programme.

Any questions?

For further information or  any queries please contact The Springboard Team on springboard@careers.ox.ac.uk.

Programme for female staff and researchers

The Springboard Programme for undergraduates and masters students is an adaptation of a national programme for professionals, which is run elsewhere in Oxford. All female Oxford University staff can take part in the Learning Institute’s Springboard Programme for staff.

Female DPhil students and post-doctoral researchers in any division can take part in the Springboard Programme for Researchers, run by the MPLS division.

This information was last updated on 13 February 2017.
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