Week 39 – Team meeting

Last Thursday (28.9.2017) we had our first independent group meeting, and it’s remarkable how all seven of our team members were able to show up! The main goals for the meeting were to brainstorm ideas surrounding our topic “Career Catapult”. We were so eager to brainstorm we even brought our own markers!

v39_1 markers

We tried a few different methods of coming up with ideas. First of, we continuously switched between discussing with the team as a whole and discussing in smaller separate groups. These smaller groups always looked at ideas or problems from different perspectives, more specifically from the point of view of 1) students, 2) graduates and 3) companies. This method could be interpreted as some kind of version of “me-we-us”, with the “me”-part removed.

The first method we used in our brainstorming process was “Forced perspective”. As previously mentioned, we divided us into three groups, each meant to look at the topic from different perspectives. This is what we came up with:

Perspective Forced connections
Students
  • How to get contacts? Where to network?
  • Help students to be unique
  • How to actually find open positions
Graduates
  • How to find the right job
  • If already working: Threshold for applying to another/better job has to be relatively low
  • If not working: Help graduates in the same ways as helping students
Companies
  • How to get quality applications?
  • Ways to filter out the worst applications
  • Better descriptions of the jobs, so that applicants have a better understanding what they are applying for
  • Hiring already trained applicants to reduce the time of integration
ideas_students ideas_graduates ideas_companies

 

The next method we tried was “Negative brainstorming”.

Perspective Negative brainstorming: Problems
Students
  • Standing out from other applicants
  • Lack of confidence and knowledge about selling your skills
  • Finding realistic jobs, especially from sources other than fellow students
  • LinkedIn usage feels somewhat pointless due to lack of directives and benefits
Graduates
  • Lack of relevant work experience and contacts
  • Lack of confidence and knowledge about selling your skills
  • Finding information about open positions
  • Threshold to apply to new jobs is too high if the current job feels good enough
Companies
  • Isolating the best applications
  • Filtering out the worst applications
  • Providing good and accurate information about jobs
  • Looking interesting to the outside world
problems_students problems_graduates problems_companies

 

Next up we chose three problems that we in smaller groups analyzed a bit more thoroughly. We also came up with possible solutions to these problems. These solutions were later inserted to the uncertainty horizon map.

Problem Analysis
Selling your skills
  • CV, application and nailing interviews important

Possible solutions:

  • Workshop/app/website about writing CVs and applications
  • Interview practices
  • Mentoring: being paired up with someone who have studied the same thing and was in the same situation a couple of years ago
  • Coaching
Lack of contacts
  • Having contacts gives a huge advantage
  • Common ways of gaining contacts include attending events and excursions
  • At events or excursions it can be hard to ask the right questions
  • The need for having contacts could be replaced by something else

Possible solutions:

  • Excursion site for graduates
  • Problem platform: Website where companies can publish problems, could replace the need for having contacts
Application process
  • Can be really time-consuming
  • Requires a lot of mental effort
  • Information about companies looking for students should be easily available

Possible solutions:

  • A course focusing on finding jobs and mental support
  • Web platform for easily making personal and unique CVs and application letters
solutions_selling-yourself solutions_contacts solutions_application-process
Horizon_map
The solutions inserted to the uncertainty horizon map.

This is all we had time for at this meeting, but a third method we’ve used to find ideas is “Brainwriting”. This was mainly done during the first Friday lecture, and it gave us some pretty good ideas, but also we could say that “brainwriting” was also used during this meeting, since the group’s perspectives were changed every time a new problem was discussed. More information about the previous Friday lecture this can be found in the corresponding post.

Thanks for reading, see you at the next post!


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