Employment Skills

Employment skills - Introduction

Through our own experience of employing thousands of people, Clarke Group together with IHSU have put together a course to help graduates in their first job or looking for their first job to succeed in the workplace and build successful and happy careers. We have worked together with local industries and recent research on graduate requirements (from organisations such as BBC and Microsoft) to develop our course content. We hope this course will go some way to helping students to bridge the gap between academic studies and workplace success. Each session will last 1 hour 30 minutes, as this is what brain research says is the best length of course to facilitate learning and to stop us getting bored! All session will include a mix of individual and group learning. Learning will be fun and interactive whilst being rigorous and based on personal experiences as well as international research.

Course Fees

350,000 Ugx

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All session will include a mix of individual and group learning. Learning will be fun and interactive whilst being rigorous and based on personal experiences as well as international research.

Who is the course for?

Graduates either looking for or in their first job who are eager to succeed in their work life.  

Course Content:

Keynote: Dr Ian Clarke

Dr Clarke will speak on what employers expect from an employee, and the basic mistakes which people commonly make. These are not skills which are taught in the classroom, but which ensure success or failure.

Areas covered are from attitude to problem solving ability, all from observation of what made one person successful, while others with the same qualifications on paper, still failed.

Module I: Computing Skills: Presenting work - 2 sessions (IHSU IT department)

At the end of this course students will:

  • Know how work should be presented properly for different audiences
  • Know techniques for effective PowerPoint presentations
  • Know why we use Microsoft Excel
  • Be able to produce a quality word document
  • Be able to produce a quality PowerPoint presentation
  • Be able to manipulate simple data on Microsoft Excel
“Computers are incredibly fast, accurate and stupid, humans are incredibly slow, inaccurate and brilliant, together they are powerful beyond imagination” Albert Einstein
Many jobs require "basic IT competence", but what does this mean? Maybe you feel you use a PC efficiently in your daily work, but how do you prove this? This course will identify what is required in quality PowerPoints and word documents, participants will have the opportunity to practise and showcase these skills. We will look at inserting and analysing data on excel documents. The course will finish by looking at ways to further develop our personal computer skills through free online course.

Module II: Commercial Awareness – 2 sessions (Sean Clarke)

At the end of this course students will:

  • Know what commercial awareness is
  • Know why commercial awareness is important
  • Be able to develop skills of commercial awareness in personal and professional life
  • Be able to answer interview questions to demonstrate commercial awareness
“If your outgo exceeds your income, your upkeep becomes your downfall” Jim Rohn
This workshop is designed to help students begin to develop an understanding towards the commercial realities affecting any organization as well as how to plan and manage their own finances. A survey by the CBI and UUK in 2009 found that 35% of employers were dissatisfied with the business and customer awareness of graduates. This course encourages students to recognise areas that they have already developed commercial awareness and apply this to their current or future employer’s context.

Module III: Planning and Organising – 2 sessions (Sean Clarke)

At the end of this course students will:

  • Know what action planning is for personal organisation
  • Know why we need to action plan
  • Know some action planning models both at a personal level and project management level
  • Know what time management skills are and how to incorporate them into daily life
  • Be able to practise preparing an action plan
“The two most powerful warriors are patience and time” Tolstoy
This course is designed to help you not to worry about the future but to plan for it! Preparing an action plan helps you to reach your objectives in both the work place and life. You will be able to practise the skill of Action planning as a process which will help you to focus your ideas and to decide what steps you need to take to achieve particular goals. In particular this will include managing your daily workload, managing projects and achieving your goals within a time frame.

Module IV: Lifelong Learning, Initiative and self-motivation; making yourself indispensable - 1 session (Katherine Tucker)

At the end of this course students will:

  • Know what learning is and under what conditions we learn best
  • Know the difference between a fixed mindset and a growth mindset
  • Be able to begin to practice the skill of a growth mindset
  • To be able to use initiative to act on opportunities
  • To know different attitudes needed to achieve excellence
  • To be able to incorporate these attitudes into every-day work
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”Mahatma Gandhi
This workshop is designed to promote the idea of lifelong learning. We will discuss what we mean by learning and lifelong learning and how we can best achieve this. We will explore attitudes for work and discuss the value of using your initiative and self-motivation to succeed. We will use research from Carol Dweck to look at the difference between fixed and growth mindsets. We motivate and inspire our graduates to develop a growth mindset and suggest practical tools and techniques for them to use. We explore the importance of effort, how mistakes help you learn, how to use setbacks as motivation and the importance of curiosity. The Growth Mindset workshop is very interactive, with practicals, experiments and videos.

Module V: Written Communication – 2 sessions (Robbie Clarke)

The 6 Traits of Good Writing:

At the end of this course students will:

  • Understand the importance of clear, focused, engaging content, containing strong, supporting detail.
  • Know how to organize their writing so that it is effective and meaningful.
  • Understand the importance of correct word choice, using natural, effective and appropriate language.
  • Be able to practice good sentence fluency in their writing – the rhythm and flow of the written language.
  • Be able to use the correct professional voice, suitable for audience and purpose.
  • Be able to go through the editing process, using the conventions of writing: spelling, punctuation, grammar, capitalization and paragraphing.
“Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man.”Francis Bacon
In order to communicate effectively, it is necessary to not only speak well but to write clearly and coherently. Good writing skills are a key asset at every stage of your career, in whatever profession you choose. ‘Whether you’re looking to impress an HR manager, secure a promotion or improve your everyday communication with boss, colleagues and clients, polishing your writing may be one of the best things you can do.’ Robert Hosking, Executive Secretary Magazine. Clear, concise communication always stands out as an impressive credential and will give you a distinct competitive edge.

Module VI: Communication skills: Getting through the Interview and beyond (course facilitators)

At the end of this course students will:

  • Know about different types of CVs.
  • Know about different interview techniques.
  • Know about different mediums to present your career progression.
  • Be able to practice answers to interview questions
“Opportunities don’t happen; you create them"Chris Grosser
This course is an accumulation of everything you have learned throughout the courses and to help you put your best foot forward. We will consider exactly how to best present yourself and your attributes to get the job you want, how to stand out from the crowd and how to continue to build your professional profile throughout your career. The Recruitment and Employment Commission (REC) says that around half of all CVs received by recruitment consultants contain spelling or grammatical errors. Candidates aged between 21 and 25 are most likely to make these mistakes and graduates in this age group are, surprisingly, twice as likely to make mistakes as those who did not go on to university. http://careers.guardian.co.uk/cv-mistakes Even something as basic as the name of an employer, or an individual recruiter, is often spelled incorrectly. The former Graduate Recruitment Manager at City law firm Mayer Brown found that 20% of applicants got the firm’s name wrong. Your covering letter is an important part of your job application, as it demonstrates your writing style better than your CV (which is usually more brief and factual). students will have the opportunity to explore a range of different CVs and covering Letters and have the opportunity to craft their own ones for the job.

We will also consider ways to communicate with colleagues and superiors to help you carve out the careers you dream of and to reach your highest aspirations.


Course duration

2 days

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Certificate Award

An International Health Sciences Certificate of Participation is awarded to a participant who successfully completes the course.

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Clarke Group – A group of businesses in owned and operated by Dr Ian Clarke. They include Agribusiness, Education and Healthcare.  www.clarke-group.org

International Health Sciences University – Established in 2008, IHSU is committed to educating healthcare professionals to the highest standard. www.ihsu.ac.ug

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