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Completing the Award & FAQs

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Lincoln Award Inductions

To sign up for the award you will need to attend an induction event.  You can book onto an Induction via our Events page or by visiting the Careers & Employability Centre.

To find out more about the award and register your interest please come in to the Careers and Employability Centre or email; lincolnaward@lincoln.ac.uk

The Careers and Employability Centre is open during term time (Library, ground floor); Monday-Friday 9am-4:30pm

FAQs

Click commonly asked questions below to view answers.

How do I sign up for the award?

If you would like to begin the award you need to book onto an Induction Event; you can do this by visiting the Careers & Employability Centre, or booking on the Events page of our website.

What activities should I choose?

At the Induction Event you will complete your Pathway Assessment; the Adviser will discuss your options and make recommendations for the activities you could complete on the award.

How do I evidence my activities?

When you are taking part in the Award, you will be given an evidence booklet to complete. You can either request relevant signatures or gather evidence by email confirmation, which a member of the Careers & Employability team can then sign off for you.

How do I know what the activities are for my subject?

At your Pathway Assessment the Adviser will advise you on activities that are available for your subject. Suitable activities may include; any employability module, guest lectures, educational field trips, optional workshops, conferences etc. Your subject tutors may also be able to advise you of activities and events for your subject area. If you are unsure if an activity will be suitable for the award, please come to the Careers and Employability Centre or get in touch by email.

How do I book activities?

Details about booking activities and workshops are available on our Events page which is updated regularly with new suggestions. You will be shown how to book activities at your Induction.

How do I know if an activity/event can be counted towards the Lincoln Award?

If you are participating in any employability related activity which is not listed you can have this verified by bringing details into the Careers and Employability Centre or getting in touch by email.

What if I have questions during my time completing the award?

If you have questions, booking problems or would like a chat about your progress there is a daily drop-in, which runs from 10am-3pm, Monday-Friday, in the Careers and Employability Centre, upstairs in the Students' Union. You can also email any questions you have to; lincolnaward@lincoln.ac.uk You will be contacted regularly to update your progress throughout the award.

What do I do when I have finished my activities?

Once you have completed and evidenced all of your activities you will need to bring your Evidence Booklet into drop-in (in the Careers and Employability Centre) for review. At this point you will be booked your Pathway Reflection and your Assessment Centre Experience.

What is the Pathway Assessment?

You will complete your Pathway Assessment at Induction. You will be supported to complete our Skills Assessment which will help you identify strengths and weaknesses in your skills and attributes. Your results will help you decide which activities you may like to take up on the award. The Adviser will support you to think about your options and provide you with details of relevant activities.

What is the Pathway Reflection

A Pathway Reflection is the final stage of the Lincoln Award. This stage should be completed before the Assessment Centre Experience. It is important that when you have completed all of your activities you come to a Lincoln Award drop-in with your completed evidence booklet to book this appointment. A Pathway Reflection is a 60 minute group session. When you book onto this session you will be sent some preparation to do - this is not time consuming, but it is vital you complete this before the session. When you arrive you will be supported to complete a follow up Skills Assessment to review your progress and identify further areas for development. The rest of the session is to prepare you for the Assessment Centre Experience. Using video, information and group activities we will support you in how to demonstrate your skills to employers. This session will help prepare you for graduate recruitment; focusing on interviews and assessment centres.

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What is the Assessment Centre Experience?

The Lincoln Award Assessment Centre is a three hour event which will include a group exercise and a short interview. The experience will be based on what you can expect at most assessment centres and will prepare you for future graduate recruitment. Each assessment centre will be run with an employer so it is as realistic as possible. You will be sent preparation information - this will involve researching the employer but not preparing for any tasks.

How will I be assessed?

You will be scored on all activities and you must meet the pass mark in order to complete the Lincoln Award. Feedback on your performance in all areas will be available.

What happens if I fail the Assessment?

If you fail the Assessment Centre you will be supported at a one-to-one appointment with an Adviser to discuss your feedback. You will also be able to attend one more Assessment Centre to attempt to pass and complete the Lincoln Award.

Does the Lincoln Award count towards my degree?

No. The Lincoln Award is recognition of the activities you do over and above your studies. As well as helping you develop employability skills, the Lincoln Award will give you the framework to showcase your achievements and the confidence to communicate your university experiences and successes.

How much does The Lincoln Award cost?

Completing the Lincoln Award is free of charge. There is no fee for any compulsory elements or most of the optional activities. However some optional activities incurs a charge (such as external courses)- full details of any cost will be available on the booking information.

How long do I have to complete the Award?

There is no time restriction to complete the Lincoln Award other than graduating! However the Assessment Centre Experience is only available at certain points of the year and there is a cut-off point each year to complete in time for the annual Lincoln Award celebration event which is held in May. You will be given this information when you register and kept up to date with Assessment Centre dates.

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