The Springboard People Anytime page is mainly a self-help tool that provides you, as a Council employee, with signposts and guidance on how to develop yourself in your current role or, develop yourself in preparation for another role in the Council.

This page will provide some advice on the following:

       o   Considering how you would like to develop and what you hope to achieve
       o   Who can provide you with advice
       o   Useful links to create a plan of action
       o   Links for you to explore what modules, training, courses or organisations are out there to assist you
       o   How to request sessions with a trained careers coach for some additional advice or guidance

Step 1. Who can you seek advice from in the first instance?

In most cases, if you wish to develop within your current role, the first step should be a conversation with your line manager.  Your line management will be able to provide advice on how you can develop in your current role, and what areas you might need to develop before thinking about a different or promoted role.  These conversations will often tie in closely with your PR&D objectives and form the basis for a development plan. Your line manager may also be aware of other development opportunities that are coming up and provide support in exploring your potential.  If you would like to remind yourself about the PR&D process and view related tools, please click on the link below:

   a)    Performance Review & Development (PR&D):   Click Here: – PR&D and 360

Step 2. Questions to ask yourself / putting a plan in place

Many people visit the Springboard page and know that they’d like to improve their effectiveness in their current role, or that they would like to work towards a different role in the Council; however, sometimes they aren’t sure which skills they’d like to develop, or how/where they see themselves progressing.  It is crucial that before you start to plan, you have an idea of what you are aiming for.  The links below will give you some options to help you with this task, and how to form a plan:

  a)   Personal SWOT Analysis:  Click Here: Mind Tools – SWOT
  b)   Mind Maps:  Click Here:  CNBC – Mind Maps
  c)   BBC Brainsmart Toolbox for Success:  Click Here: BBC – Success Toolbox
  d)   SMART Goals / Objectives: 
Click Here:  Mind Tools – SMART Goals
  e)   Personal Plan Template (pages 6 + 7):  Click Here: Personal Plan

Once you have a basic personal plan in place, you can start looking at ways to work towards your goals.  In some cases, a specific training course etc. may assist you in achieving your goal. You’ll find advice on this in steps 4 and 5 below.

Step 3. If you’re thinking about changing direction…

You may be thinking about changing direction but aren’t sure what is available or what area you’d like to work towards. The below links may help you explore your options or give you some ideas:

  a) Transformation Zone:
Some of the links you’ll find there will take you to:
       o   Career Change Opportunities (this includes info. on retrain in a different area)
       o   Redeployment Information
        Voluntary Severance / Early Retirement

  b)  ACC Job Vacancies: Click Here: ACC – Current Job Vacancies

  c)  Applying for Jobs (tips and guidance on Interviews; applications; CV’s etc): Click Here: ACC Website

  d)  My World of Work – Career Advice: Click Here: MWW – Career Advice

  e)  The Open University Careers and Employability Information: Click Here: OU – Careers & Employability

Step 4. Exploring what development is available in the Council

There are a variety of knowledge, skills and ability development opportunities offered by the Council to its staff.  The courses and modules etc. that are available are not only KNOWLEDGE and SKILLS based (such as FOI training or MS Office training); there are also ABILITY development opportunities which focus more on how you work and perform tasks.

You may be surprised by the number and diversity of modules, workshops, pit stops and courses that are available. Take some time to explore the links below as one may address an area identified in your development plan:

  a)  Transformation Zone: Click Here: Transformation Zone
Some of the links you’ll find there will take you to:
       o   Your Wellbeing (Counselling, Mindfulness and guidance on accessing workshops on personal resilience / dealing with change etc.)
       o   Managing Change
       o   Career Change Opportunities (this includes support available to retrain in a different area)

  b)  Applying for Jobs (tips, guidance & templates on Interviews; applications; CV’s): Click Here: ACC Website

  c)  OIL Modules: Click Here: ACC – OIL Modules

  d)  Eventbrite: Click Here: ACC – Training Courses, Modules, Pit-Stops

  e)  People Development: Click Here: People Development

Step 5. Additional external support and training

Below are some suggestions of where you can find external support, but it’s also worth doing your own searches on the internet to see what may be available in or around Aberdeen:

  a)  My World of Work: Click Here: My World of Work

  b)  NELC (North East Learning Collaborative): Click Here: NELC

You may wish to enrol in a distance learning course or part time/evening class etc. Below are links to organisations that offer a wide variety of choices, including some that are designed to develop Supervisory and Management skills:

   c)  NESCOL Part-time & Distance Learning Course Guide (formerly Aberdeen College): Click Here: NESCOL

  d)  The Open University Courses and Qualifications: Click Here: OU – Courses & Qualifications

  e)  Massive Open Online Courses ‘MOOCs’ (Free Online Courses): Click Here: Future Learn OR Alison.com

  f)  Online ILM Courses (Institute of Leadership & Management) at reed.co.uk: Click Here: Reed – ILM

  g)  Funding Options: Click Here: MWW – Funding Options

Careers Coaching

What is Careers Coaching?:

    o   Coaching is a form of learning, where a person (the coach) supports someone else (the client) to create learning and self-development in a way that benefits them.
    o   Coaching is normally a conversation, or series of conversations, that one person has with another.  The coach intends to produce a conversation that will benefit the other person, the client, in a way that relates to the client’s learning and progress.
    o   Common goals might be to become more organised and effective at work: gain confidence in certain situations; or simply interact with other people more effectively.
    o   Some benefits people can experience from coaching include:
       o   Improved sense of direction and focus
       o  Increased knowledge of self/self-awareness
       o   Improved ability to relate to and influence others
       o   Increased motivation
       o   Improved personal effectiveness, eg, focused effort
       o   Increased resourcefulness and resilience, eg, ability to handle change
    o   Because the relationship is based on trust and openness, the contents of your discussions will be confidential.  Where a third party has requested the coaching for you, your coach will agree with you the best way to keep them involved and updated.

What Careers Coaching is not:

    o   A coach will not provide you with answers or solve problems for you; however, they will aim to provide you with advice and guidance so you can address these yourself. Coaching is based on the principle that an individual is ultimately responsible for their lives and the results they are getting.  If we acknowledge that we are responsible for something, it follows that we have power and influence over it.
    o   A coach will not carry out the research, planning and suggested actions outlined in items 1 to 5 on this page.  They will expect you to have put effort into addressing your needs yourself before requesting a session with a careers coach.
    o   Coaching is not therapy, psychoanalysis, psychotherapy.  While coaching is not therapy, and should not be viewed as therapy, it could promote greater self-awareness and fuller appreciation of your own situation and circumstances.

Who are the careers coaches?:

Careers coaches are a small number of Council employees with substantive roles across the Council who are trained in Careers Coaching.  These members of staff give up some of their time to advise other employees on how they can progress towards achieving their goals.

What your coach will expect from you:

    o   Your coach will expect you to be committed to the coaching process.  That means showing up for sessions, taking your own notes where appropriate, and keeping any agreements you make during the sessions.
    o   Your coach will also need you to be open to the potential of coaching. That means contributing to conversations honestly and openly. For example, if something isn’t working, they need to know.

How can I request sessions with a trained careers coach?:

If you would like to meet with a careers coach:
    o   Request a self-referral form by emailing: springboard@aberdeencity.gov.uk
    o   Once you have completed this self-referral form, please submit this by email to Springboard via the email address above.
    o   Following this, a summary of your request will be circulated by email to the careers coaches. If a coach feels they have the skills to assist and has the availability to assist, you will receive an email from Springboard advising you of their name and contact details.

If you have any difficulty in contacting Springboard via the email address above, please call 01224 523897 or 523830.
Please click Here to return to the Development Opportunities page

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