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What is Career Weaver?
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Career Weaver is a web-based application to help you identify, take ownership of and articulate clearly some underlying beliefs, preferences and strengths which are important for career planning and your success. They are reflected in the choices you make and your experiences to date, but can be difficult areas to explore because you use them without having to think or consciously bring them to the surface.

The exercises in Career Weaver provide a structured approach, a vocabulary and a variety of working methods to help you explore, name and describe your personal work-related drivers in three areas.

What I love

Investigate the values and work preferences that underpin your intuitions, decisions and life satisfaction, both inside and outside work. Your core drivers provide the foundations for your choices, successes and frustrations, so it is powerful and enabling if you can name and take full ownership of these.

What I am good at

Taking time to understand your true strengths and skills helps you to:

  • be confident about what you already do well and what you want to do in future;
  • create focused goals for your personal development;
  • learn how to present your story and showcase your abilities in order to make persuasive applications for the positions to which you aspire.

Why I do it

Bringing together the insights about ‘what you love‘ and ‘what you are good at‘ with ideas about what really motivates you will help you to understand and explain ‘why‘ you enjoy what you enjoy doing and what underpins your commitment and success. Being clearer about ‘why‘ will help you to:

  • evaluate options and make better decisions based on what is most important to you and your likely long-term satisfaction;
  • explain clearly and succinctly how you like to work, what underpins your successes and why why you enjoy doing the things you choose to do; and
  • create clear and well supported job applications or suggestions for your growth and development at work.
Accessing Career Weaver
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Career Weaver has been developed in-house by the University of Oxford Careers Service, and is available for staff and current students of the University. It is accessed using your University Single Sign On (SSO) via this link to the Career Weaver Homepage.

Career Weaver has been developed to be accessible with mobile devices as well as laptops and desktop computers.

For alumni and others who do not have access to Career Weaver, we recommend reading our guidance on Generating Career Ideas. The exercises in Career Weaver are largely based on exercises in the Careers Compass tool accessed from this briefing.

How should I use Career Weaver?
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Career Weaver offers a dozen exercises, but it is a flexible resource and there is no set ‘route’ to follow. We encourage users to explore the site and start with whichever exercise looks most interesting or relevant, and take it from there.

Most exercises should take only 5-15 minutes, although two or three can be explored in much more depth. You can save your progress as you work and return to complete exercises later. In fact, rather than crunching through the exercises in one sitting, we recommend you use Career Weaver over a number of visits. It is a good idea:

  • to pause between exercises for reflection and review;
  • to re-visit exercises over time and up-date your thoughts as you gain experience;
  • to review or retake exercises you have already completed as you develop new insights.

Most exercises are grouped on the homepage under three main headings, with some additional exercises accessed via the dashboard. The main headings are:

  • Values and Work Style;
  • Strengths and Skills;
  • Motivations.

The exercises are designed to be accessible and use a variety of approaches to help you make and rate your own choices. We hope that whatever your preferred learning style, you will find some of the exercises interesting and enjoyable.

Please note the following points as you get started:

  • there is no recommended order for using the exercises – start with what seems most interesting to you;
  • there are no ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ answers for any of these exercises;
  • you do not have to take every exercise – some users may find that using only two or three exercises will be enough to uncover valuable and actionable insights;
  • different exercises can overlap, so:
    • insights from different sources might reinforce each other, or challenge your current thinking or assumptions;
    • people with different working styles may find some exercises or ways of thinking more accessible.
Using Career Weaver to support your job search
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Career Weaver does not provide recommendations or suggestions about which careers or jobs you might choose to pursue. There are already many tools and suggestions which are designed for this. Career Weaver provides a parallel and complementary set of insights to help you understand why different options might be a good fit for you.

For anyone interested in exploring which specific career directions to follow, we recommend using the Careers Service website, starting with the following resources:

  • guidance on Generating Career Ideas, including using the Prospects Planner, a personality-based assessment that provides recommended job profiles;
  • nearly 50 Sector and Occupations briefing papers;
  • advice on the variety of ways to research and find work opportunities, accessed through the Main menu under Job Search Strategies;
  • using the additional links and guidance suggested on our Useful Career Resources page.

Additionally, current students and research staff can arrange to See a Careers Adviser for an impartial and confidential discussion of their Career Weaver profile and their emerging career ideas.

User Acceptance Testing and Development of Career Weaver
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Career Weaver has been designed and built in-house by the University of Oxford Careers Service.

Between November 2019 and early January 2020 Career Weaver is under-going User Acceptance Testing (UAT). The UAT is a test phase for the App design and functionality, and all staff and students are welcome to use their SSO to access the tool and work through the exercises. The data collected, including user-generated content, will not be retained beyond the end of the UAT, although we hope to provide users with an opportunity to save or export their own data before it is deleted.

We want to collect collect feedback on users’ experiences during the testing phase, and would encourage everyone using Career Weaver to send us their thoughts via the anonymous online survey, which can also be accessed direct from the dashboard on the App.

This information was last updated on 19 November 2019.
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