Launching a personal skills programme for Swansea University

 

I’ve arrived at The School of Management in Swansea University to launch a module called Personal Skills and Development for Business with 400 first year students and 8 members of staff. I absolutely love the office I’ve been allocated – isn’t the view amazing?

This morning was spent with the teaching team finalising the look and feel of the module.This module aims to help students develop key skills which will be of a practical benefit to them as they integrate into the professional workplace and work to become Business graduates. Specifically the module is designed to teach students how to engage with potential employers, colleagues and the wider business community. Communicating effectively and playing a positive role within a team will therefore be core themes throughout the module. On completion of this module students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the level of professional communication required (verbal, nonverbal and written) within a working environment
  2. Demonstrate a critical awareness of the various skills required to be able to work effectively in a business environment
  3. Apply the knowledge learnt and develop research skills to be effective in multiple business environments
  4. Organise effective meetings, formulate milestones and demonstrate a systematic understanding of how effective meetings should be structured and run
  5. Develop and apply effective team-work skills
  6. Diagnose and work to resolve conflict and challenges within a working environment
  7. Reflect and analyse experiences and use these to enhance their career prospects and personal growth
  8. Identify, research, reference and apply the skills required to apply for jobs in an ever-competitive environment

I’m here for the week as The Learning and Development Manager for SimVenture Evolution coaching and training staff and students to get the best out of the simulation. We’re using the simulator to enhance students awareness of business and management and also to enable students to develop students employability skills. So, we’re measuring their employability skills at the beginning of the simulation and at the end so that students can see how they have developed the skills and capabilities. Using SimVenture Evolution is a great way to teach students about business because it’s a hands on experience of running a virtual business. They can make mistakes and learn from them in a safe environment and then transfer their skills into their graduate jobs. It’s also great fun.

Lesley Strachan (MBA) is an Award-winning coach| consultant| speaker| trainer and adviser and is based in Hampshire, UK. She is also a Certified Jack Canfield Trainer in The Success Principles and uses her creativity and experience to inspire others through teaching, mentoring and coaching all over the world and has loads of fun doing it. Lesley has over 30 years of experience working in the corporate and education sectors as well as years of experience as an Entrepreneur. Her areas of expertise include: personal life coaching, communication training, leadership training, corporate training, health and wellness, and educational consultancy. Lesley is also a mentor for young people for EBP and an Enterprise Adviser for The Careers and Enterprise Company

Lesley’s latest book is due out in May 2018 called “The Ultimate Guide for Parents: How to help your kids become self-confident, happy and passionate.” Pre-Order Lesley’s Book and watch a mini webinar which explains what the book is about.

 

Lesley Strachan Consulting and Training

“Getting you from where you are to where you want to be”

Award winning Coach| Consultant| Speaker| Trainer| Adviser

Tel: 0044 (0)7739 172447|Email: lesley@lesleystrachan.co.uk

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What’s your attitude to life – test yourself

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What’s your attitude to life – test yourself here

Are you full of curiosity about your future, or are you driven to seize control over your life’s path?

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Bio: Lesley Strachan (MBA) is an Award-winning coach| consultant| speaker| trainer and adviser and is based in Hampshire, UK. She is also a Certified Jack Canfield Trainer in The Success Principles and uses her creativity and experience to inspire others through teaching, mentoring and coaching all over the world and has loads of fun doing it. Lesley has over 30 years of experience working in the corporate and education sectors as well as years of experience as an Entrepreneur. Her areas of expertise include: personal life coaching, communication training, leadership training, corporate training, health and wellness, and educational consultancy. Lesley is also a mentor for young people for EBP and an Enterprise Adviser for The Careers and Enterprise Company

Lesley’s latest book is due out in May 2018 called “The Ultimate Guide for Parents: How to help your kids become self-confident, happy and passionate.” Pre-Order Lesley’s Book and watch a mini webinar which explains what the book is about.

 

Lesley Strachan Consulting and Training

“Getting you from where you are to where you want to be”

Award winning Coach| Consultant| Speaker| Trainer| Adviser

Tel: 0044 (0)7739 172447|Email: lesley@lesleystrachan.co.uk

Web |​Facebook |Twitter |LinkedIn| YouTube

It’s Friday – are you ready for Saturday?

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Here’s a Friday challenge for you.

Switch off your mobile phone for the day on Saturday!!!!!!

Have a great weekend my friends.

Best Wishes

Lesley

How Young People are Benefiting from Life Coaching & Mentoring

I am very proud to be associated with EBP South as a mentor for young people in the Southampton area. EBP South brings business and education together and inspires and prepares local young people for the world of work. They deliver a range of exciting and motivating work-related learning programmes in schools across the Solent Region, all designed to prepare young people for life after school.

The relationship between mentor and mentee is focused on the need to enable and empower a young person to be motivated to take charge of their own development through developing their confidence and reliance and by carefully posing questions that get them thinking about their future.

Mentoring enables young people to decide for themselves what their goals and aspirations are, and to help them recognise and support them in putting in place the actions they need to take to achieve those goals.

Local businesses – large and small – are key partners and now my organisation Lesley Strachan Consulting & Training is involved with this great work. I work with EBP to ensure that the activities and events are relevant and up to date, providing exciting experiences to motivate young people.

My role as a mentor is to:

  • Inspire positive career aspirations with my mentees
  • Help young people understand the relevance of their classroom learning
  • Increase employability – especially by developing the softer skills that are in such high demand
  • Learning through doing – hands on fun activities to bring the world of work to life

I am using The Jack Canfield Success Principles Methodology with students to guide young people towards discovering their life purpose, prioritize their goals, and discover the proven steps to achieving anything they want. They will get clear on what they really want from life and create an action plan and the support system they need to make it all happen, plus they’ll have loads of fun as well.

I’ve been working with one young lady at a Southampton School who wanted a mentor to help her focus on her career options. We started by having a chat about what she did, and didn’t want in her life and I asked her to grab some visual images of what she wanted from life.

She’s now made a mood board which she’s hung in her bedroom to inspire her. Last week I said to her “Pretend you’re 25 and we’ve just met again. Tell me about what’s happened since you were 14!” Suddenly, her face lit up and she described the kind of life she wanted. It was such a joy for me to see her light up. The aim over the next few months is to work backwards to find out what subjects and courses she could be choosing before she applies to go to college.

This young lady is so pleased because she feels that her choices of subject will give her the inspiration to study hard and achieve great things. If only all our young people has this kind of support.

The experience and transformations of the young people that I work with have been truly profound. So much so that I’ve written a book designed to help parents called The Ultimate Guide for Parents: How to help your kids become self-confident, happy and passionate which you can pre-order here for delivery in May 2018. Or, if you’d like me to coach your kids, please contact me here.

Apart from my role with EBP coaching is available on a 12-month contract. Or, why not invite us into your school where we can work groups of up to 25 in practical interactive and fun workshops.

Lesley Strachan Consulting and Training

“Getting you from where you are to where you want to be”

Award winning Coach| Consultant| Speaker| Trainer| Adviser

The UK leader in Coaching “The Success Principles™

1 Loreille Gardens|Rownhams|Southampton|Hampshire|SO16 8LP

Tel: 0044 (0)7739 172447|Email: lesley@lesleystrachan.co.uk

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Undergraduate students say they are not equipped for work

Undergraduate students say they are not equipped for work

Results from UKES 2016, the HEA’s undergraduate engagement survey, released today, show that while overall 88% of undergraduates say they find their course challenging, just 51% reported that they have strongly developed the skills that ready them for the world of work and will help them get a job.

The UKES 2016 survey of over 23,000 undergraduates is the only major undergraduate survey in the UK higher education sector that measures students’ engagement with their studies.

This year’s survey highlights strong levels of engagement through course challenge:

  • 94% of students’ report taking responsibility for their own learning
  • 88% are ‘challenged to do their best work’

Less encouraging, however, is that only 27% of undergraduates have discussed ideas with staff outside class and still fewer, 20%, had talked to staff about their career plans. While the levels of engagement in pre-and post-1992 institutions were broadly comparable in areas such as critical thinking and course challenge, students at post-1992 institutions would appear to engage more closely with staff (37%), than those at pre-1992s (26%).

By measuring both engagement and skills development within the same data set, UKES can pinpoint links between the two. In this case, HEA analysis shows that students who collaborate most with staff and other students are also the most likely to feel their career skill development has been maximised– highlighting the importance of trying to improve the relatively low levels of engagement in these areas.

The report paints a very positive 86% score across all subject areas for students in developing their skills as independent learners. Nevertheless, there are striking differences in some of the softer skills areas, for example where some STEM subjects – mathematics in particular – showed much lower levels of development than social studies or subjects allied to medicine.

HEA Chief Executive Professor Stephanie Marshall said, “It’s very encouraging to see that students are closely engaged with their degree programmes and taking responsibility for their learning.

“But the lower scores around interaction with staff show that opportunities are being missed to help and support students to develop as more rounded individuals. And that’s important in helping students fulfil their potential beyond university. We are working with several institutions, both in the UK and internationally, to support their engagement and employability strategies. We are finding these strategic approaches make a difference.

“At the other end of the student journey, institutions may want to use this evidence to look at how they engage with first year students as they transition into university. The relatively lower engagement score for this group may be explained by students having to adapt their learning styles, and UKES provides insight and data to support approaches to easing this transition.”

UKES is designed to generate data to inform drivers of enhancement of the student experience within institutions. Data can be used to identify areas where students are spending their time and ‘engaging’, thereby bringing about ‘deep’ learning, as well as where they are not spending as much time as expected. All this information can also be combined with students’ perception of how they are developing their higher-level skills to promote meaningful dialogue that enables institutions, and the sector overall, to ensure pedagogic approaches which bring about the best possible student learning outcomes.”

From a personal perspective, I facilitate a professional practice course in several higher education institutions as a consultant. I find that career development is very often not integrated into the course but as always there are two sides to this story:

  1. That students do not always take 100% responsibility for the design and development of their career. Indeed 46% of the students I teach have no idea as to what they want to do or what their passions in life are.
  2. That access to a careers service is often separate to the degree course and that students are not aware of the service or don’t bother or the service is overloaded.

Read more here

Watch a video here

 

Lesley Strachan (MBA) is an Award-winning coach| consultant| speaker| trainer and adviser and is based in Hampshire, UK. She is also a Certified Jack Canfield Trainer in The Success Principles and uses her creativity and experience to inspire others through teaching, mentoring and coaching all over the world and has loads of fun doing it. Lesley has over 30 years of experience working in the corporate and education sectors as well as years of experience as an Entrepreneur. Her areas of expertise include: personal life coaching, communication training, leadership training, corporate training, health and wellness, and educational consultancy. Lesley is also a mentor for young people for EBP and an Enterprise Adviser for The Careers and Enterprise Company

Lesley’s latest book is due out in May 2018 called “The Ultimate Guide for Parents: How to help your kids become self-confident, happy and passionate.” Pre-Order Lesley’s Book and watch a mini webinar which explains what the book is about.

 

Lesley Strachan Consulting and Training

“Getting you from where you are to where you want to be”

Award winning Coach| Consultant| Speaker| Trainer| Adviser

Tel: 0044 (0)7739 172447|Email: lesley@lesleystrachan.co.uk

Web |​Facebook |Twitter |LinkedIn| YouTube

How to give your kids the best start in life

I recently surveyed over 2,500 parents asking them what their top concerns were for the future of their young people.

These are the things that worry parents the most:  

 Creating financial independence and self-reliance

  • Knowing what job or career path to follow
  • Getting back more free time
  • Improving physical and mental health
  • Improving relationships in all aspects of life
  • Wanting their young people to be more self-confident, successful, passionate and fulfilled
  • The global and local community and their children’s role in it

I’m Lesley Strachan, and having worked in the Higher Education sector for many years, I found that over 50% of the students I taught had no idea why they were on their degree course or what they wanted to do afterwards. This impacted on their studies negatively. I also visited colleges and schools and found the same thing. This worried me.

So I asked myself:

  • What if young people did have a vision of their future and could then work backwards to find out what qualifications they needed?
  • What if they were able to choose the right course of study which would help them in the future?
  • What if they had the coaching and mentoring support to tap into their core passions instead of trying to pigeon hole them?
  • Would that inspire them to work towards their goals because they had a sense of purpose? 

And let’s be honest, as we get older it doesn’t get much better. How many adults do you know that are stuck in a job they have no passion for? It might even be you! Employers who have training budgets train them in skills and capabilities to do the job. What they don’t do enough of is to align people’s passions, skills and abilities to the organisation’s purpose. Wouldn’t the country be more productive if we all loved our lives and our jobs? Maybe it’s something we should all aspire to?

Well the answer is right here in my latest book called The Ultimate Guide for Parents: How to help your kids become self-confident, happy and passionate.

The book gives you the most successful self-development techniques I know of, and I’ve combined them with the unique practices I use as a Jack Canfield Certified Trainer in The Success Principles to help parents and teachers coach young people towards achieving a purpose in life.

Do you have young people aged 14+ or know someone who has? Then this book is for you.

You can pre-order my book here.

The book will be out in May 2018, and if you can’t wait, then please watch this mini video, which explains what the book is about.

Work together with your young people to find out how they can get passionate about their future, and work with them and you can do too!

Bio: Lesley Strachan is an award-winning Coach and Trainer and has been working in the education sector for over 30-years. She has worked with thousands of young people as a teacher, lecturer, a mentor with EBP South and is an Enterprise Adviser with The Careers and Enterprise Company.

Southampton Women’s Business Club

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Southampton Women’s Business Club

I attended my second  event today at the Southampton Business Lunch organised by The Women’s Business Club at The Macdonald Botley Park Hotel Golf and Country Club in Botley, Hampshire.

At each session we use the space and time to learn, grow and develop our network of support with the UK’s top executives and entrepreneurs. What I like the most of this network is that  we are there to grow both our businesses and professionally.

We get training, networking and a safe place to go and get help from other like-minded professionals. Between our members, we have many years in business with knowledge that spans many platforms. We also welcome all women who want support and success both as an entrepreneur or as an executive.

Over 80% of our network use others in our network to buy products or services from each other, meaning that we have one of the highest grossing networking clubs in the UK. This means that your membership will be one of the best investments you make this year. We look forward to you coming along to one of our meetings to find out how we can support to thrive in your chosen career.

I went today to share the contents of my latest book and found that members were really happy to share me details with the whole UK network which is brilliant. What makes this group different is that it truly is a supportive community of business women.

I found the network to be inspiring, open, friendly and I liked the fact that meeting never has more than 10-12 attending the lunch so you get meet everyone and get to know them properly. I also really liked the idea of giving everyone roses at the end of the session.

What to expect:

11:30   Coffee & networking

12:00   Introductions – 60 seconds to pitch your business to the room.

12:25   Member Spotlight – 5 minutes to shine the light on your business.

12:30   Lunch

13:00   Talk – an inspiring talk from experts in their field.

13:30   Wonderbra – lifting and supporting you in your business by bouncing ideas and challenges around.

14:00   End

Would you like to come next month? If so book here.

Lesley Strachan Consulting and Training

“Getting you from where you are to where you want to be”

Award winning Coach| Consultant| Speaker| Trainer| Adviser

The UK leader in Coaching “The Success Principles™

1 Loreille Gardens|Rownhams|Southampton|Hampshire|SO16 8LP

Tel: 0044 (0)7739 172447|Email: lesley@lesleystrachan.co.uk

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Learn how to use you career the same way Hendrix used his guitar.

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I loved this quote mainly because of the potential we all have to a) find out what our best career options are b) to follow them with the passion that many musicians do naturally.

It’s Saturday – clear up your mess!

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If like me you get irritated by some of the little things in life why not do something about it today? So, when you do eventually get up what would be the one thing you could do today and count it as a successful day?

Some ideas:

  • Clear out your old clothes and take them to the recycle bank
  • Eat properly for one meal
  • Tidy up one room – you’ll be amazed at what you’ll find when you’re not looking
  • Read a great self-development book
  • Switch off your mobile for an hour (yes I did just say that)?
  • What’s on your mind today?

 

It’s Friday!

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Welcome to Friday. In preparation for takeoff, please ensure all negative attitudes are

properly stowed.

On behalf of your captain, Jack Daniels and myself, welcome aboard.

I expect sunshine and good attitudes today for our trip. Enjoy the ride.