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Careers Summer Bootcamp 2021: Day Two - Careers

Venue: Online

We have three great sessions lined up, focussing on helping to support you in your career journey, build your career capital and develop your personal brand both online and offline. 

All sessions will be interactive and are designed to provide you with practical takeaways that you can then put into immediate action. We encourage you to come prepared to ask questions and share your thoughts on the topics at hand. We'd also suggest checking out the associated resources on the Careers Portal which you can access through your My Birkbeck profile.



12pm: Emotional Intelligence and why it matters to your career success! 

With Julius Cassebaum Birkbeck Futures Careers Consultant

Julius is a Careers Consultant with Birkbeck Futures and MSc Organisational Psychology graduate from Birkbeck, both of which have instilled in him the importance of emotional intelligence and how it relates to your career! Understanding Birkbeck students both from having been one to working them in a professional setting puts him in the passionate position of understanding Birkbeck students better than most. 

IQ and technical skills are important, but when it comes to your career success, it is Emotional Intelligence (EQ) that will get you there. Emotional Intelligence is now considered as important, if not more important a business skill than IQ.  It is a skill much sought after by savvy companies especially when recruiting for leadership roles. The good news is that you can develop yours. If you want to find out more about it is, why it is so crucial and how you can get better at it, come along to this session

We'll cover

- The origins of emotional intelligence as an idea
- Where it fits into the recruitment conversation
- Methods of improving & developing your own


3pm: Dealing with Imposter Syndrome 

Guest speaker: Career Expert & Social Change campaigner & advocate  Steven Haines

Steven is a published author and has co-authored a book called How to Go to Work: The Honest Advice No One Ever Tells You at the Start of Your Career

Steven is also a campaigner for social change. He began his career in UK Government, working on widening access to education for disabled children. He is now Executive Director for Policy and Campaigns at the National Deaf Children's Society. He was the Global Campaign Moblisation Director at Save the Children International supporting campaigners in 120 countries to reduce the rates of pregnant mothers and their babies dying in childbirth. He has worked as an advisor to the Government of Rwanda where he helped put in place a programmme to train the next generation of civil servants and during 2015 was a Special Advisor in the United Nations Secretary General's Office working on the Global Strategy for Women's Children's and Adolescent Health.


6pm: Why your Personal Brand matters more than ever now!

Panel Event with Q&A

Come to this Panel event  to find out how to make your Personal Brand more visible, more vocal and more valuable!

A dynamic Personal Prand is something that is a pre-requisite for career success in the modern workplace with people carving out corporate careers and more people becoming businesses of one and choosing portfolio careers as freelancers.

However,  Personal Branding is not just about being able to communicate what you do or what you know, that is only part of the equation. You also need to consider the more intangible aspects that make you uniquely You, and that will help differentiate you from everyone else with your job title. A strong and authentic Personal Brand will lead with WHO you are; what do you love about what you do? How do you make others feel about it? What are the values that drive you?  If you are changing career, it is your Personal Brand that can help connect the dots for a potential employer. In this session you will you hear how our fantastic panel members went about building their Personal Brand and have the opportunity to ask the Panel members questions.


Rasheed Ogunalru

Rasheed Ogunlaru is a leading life coach, speaker and business / leadership coach. His clients include entertainers, entrepreneurs, Chief Executives and organisations. He is author of Soul Trader – Putting the Heart Back Into Your Business and The Gift of Inner Success. He has appeared on ITV and BBC News and is business coach partner to the British Library’s Business & IP Centre. His background includes being former Co-Director of Samaritans (Central London), a Communication Manager and singer-songwriter.

Martyn Sibley

Martyn Sibley is a disabled entrepreneur, who has a vision for a fully inclusive world. His content, community and businesses all sit at the cross section of entrepreneurship, social media marketing and disability inclusion. 

After gaining a degree in Economics and a Master's in marketing, Martyn started his career at a charity for disability rights. Following his love of blogging and social media, he quickly became a disabled influencer (voted regularly in the top 5 of the UK's power 100 list), working in media and tourism for social change. In more recent years hes grown Disability Horizons magazine, co founded Accomable (an accessible travel site that sold to Airbnb), and co founded Purple Goat Agency. A specialist disability social marketing agency for brands to benefit from the business case of inclusion.

Avneet Collins

Avi Collins is the HR Outreach Recruitment Lead for The Metropolitan Police covering Central North Basic Command Unit – Camden and Islington. 

The Met Police plays a vital role in keeping London safe for everyone. Whether they’re out on the streets working face to face with the communities we serve, or behind the scenes delivering a range of specialists services and improving how we police the capital

Her role involves engaging with the wider community such as  schools, colleges and speaking with students about careers in The Met, so they have an informative choice when making decisions about their future careers. This also encompasses other establishments such as youth clubs, faith forums, working closely with key influencers in the community on engagement activities to promote working relationships between public and police.


Panel Moderator Anna Gordon.

Anna is  an experienced Career & Executive Coach and  shares her passion for personal development with ambitious Birkbeck students and leaders looking to craft a story around what has led them to where they are today and how they  can align themselves  with what they want to be part of in the future. Anna helps ambitious professionals  foster a positive self-image, articulate their unique strengths, skills and passions in order to find a career they will love. Anna is founder of Career Freedom Coach and coaches on the Civil Service BEIS Impact Programme.


*By signing up to Day Two, you are signing up to all three sessions that day and you will be sent one link to access all sessions once bookings close  the evening of 27th July 2021. Please make sure that you have signed up with the correct email address to ensure you receive the link.

**If you require any adjustments for the sessions, please let Anna Gordon know at   

***Please note that these workshops are exclusively for Birkbeck Students/ Graduates/Alumni,  and Offer holders.

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