Postgraduate Certificate in Creative Thinking, Innovation & Entrepreneurship (Returners) (Sept 9th 2019)

Trinity College Dublin (DPCIA-CTIE-1P)
Key Programme Details
Award

Postgraduate Certificate

NFQ Level

9 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Classroom - Daytime

Mode

Part Time

ECTS Credits

30

Department

Tangent, Trinity's Ideas Workspace

General Information
Contact

Gobnait O'Shaughnessy

Email

Springboard@tcd.ie

Phone

(01)896 4469

Address

Trinity College Dublin

Role

Admin

Important Dates
Application Deadline

21/08/2019

Start Date

09/09/2019

End Date

04/03/2020

About this Course

The Postgraduate Certificate in Innovation & Entrepreneurship (Returners) is a Level 9 qualification which enables the continuing professional development of women and men who wish to return to the workplace after a career break. This programme offers students the opportunity to acquire a unique combination of transversal skills including critical and creative thinking, intra-personal skills (self-discipline, perseverance and resilience) and information literacy.

Aligning closely with the aims of Enterprise 2025, this course seeks to create environment in which innovation, creativity and entrepreneurial discovery are facilitated and encouraged. This programme is not only to facilitate the transition back to work but also to empower participants to pioneer innovation and excel within their chosen organisations, thus supporting the delivery of full employment on a sustainable basis.

To achieve this, students experience and engage in the innovation process through interacting with academics, entrepreneurs, business leaders and industry mentors in a formal and informal learning environment. Working within an interdisciplinary context, participants develop a clear understanding of the societal and economic value associated with innovation. A range of problem-solving and lateral thinking skills are acquired equipping graduates with future proof skills in an evolving industrial landscape .

Through this programme, students participate in in-depth "Returnship Innovation Projects" hosted by private or public enterprise. Students apply their learnings from the programme to propose creative and innovative solutions to real challenges faced by the host organisations. In doing this, students experience the evolution of creative ideas within diverse interdisciplinary groups. They learn to communicate and interact with industry collaborators and begin to appreciate the process involved in bringing an idea from concept through to application.

When combined with group coaching, mentorship, exposure to HR specialists, experience on these live innovation projects also increases students value to prospective employers as they are a clear demonstration of problem solving and team-working ability in and organisational setting.

Students on this course will take 3 x 10ECTS modules to achieve the Postgraduate Certificate in Creative Thinking, Innovation & Entrepreneurship (Returners) award. The programme is supported by a range of entrepreneurship and career development services both from within Trinity and from the wider entrepreneurship and business ecosystem.

This programme aims to facilitate students in acquiring the following transversal skills:

- Communication: The ability to be articulate when speaking but also have the ability to listen.
- Leadership: Acquiring leadership and negotiation skills and be sensitive to cultural diversity. Learning to lead as well as follow and to work to tight deadlines.
- Adaptability: Being flexible enough to adapt and change in a dynamic work environment. Engaging problem solving abilities to tackle real world challenges.
- Teamwork: Working well in dynamic group settings and exercise cooperation and compromise.
- Integrity and Work Ethic: Maintaining a positive attitude and good work ethic.

**module content may be subject to change

Objectives

On successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

* Develop the confidence to overcome psychological and practical barriers to returning to work.

* Assess skills and abilities to identify a relevant career or entrepreneurial pathways.

* Work effectively in a team or individually within a creative context.

* Apply creative problem-solving skills to challenges identified relating to an industry project and career development opportunities.

* Communicate and interact with multiple stakeholders and establish professional networks.

Entry Requirements

NFQ Level 8 honours degree qualification in any discipline (or recognition of prior learning in accordance with Trinity RPL policy).
Curriculum Vitae
Letter of motivation
Eligibility category (e.g. Returners, Employed/Unemployed, Formerly self employed)
Reference 1 (Academic)
Reference 2 (Professional)

Applications are encouraged from individuals from a diverse range of backgrounds.

Long Description

The Postgraduate Certificate in Innovation & Entrepreneurship (Returners) is a Level 9 qualification which enables the continuing professional development of women and men who wish to return to the workplace after a career break. This programme offers students the opportunity to acquire a unique combination of transversal skills including critical and creative thinking, intra-personal skills (self-discipline, perseverance and resilience) and information literacy.

Aligning closely with the aims of Enterprise 2025, this course seeks to create environment in which innovation, creativity and entrepreneurial discovery are facilitated and encouraged. This programme is not only to facilitate the transition back to work but also to empower participants to pioneer innovation and excel within their chosen organisations, thus supporting the delivery of full employment on a sustainable basis.

To achieve this, students experience and engage in the innovation process through interacting with academics, entrepreneurs, business leaders and industry mentors in a formal and informal learning environment. Working within an interdisciplinary context, participants develop a clear understanding of the societal and economic value associated with innovation. A range of problem-solving and lateral thinking skills are acquired equipping graduates with future proof skills in an evolving industrial landscape .

Through this programme, students participate in in-depth "Returnship Innovation Projects" hosted by private or public enterprise. Students apply their learnings from the programme to propose creative and innovative solutions to real challenges faced by the host organisations. In doing this, students experience the evolution of creative ideas within diverse interdisciplinary groups. They learn to communicate and interact with industry collaborators and begin to appreciate the process involved in bringing an idea from concept through to application.

When combined with group coaching, mentorship, exposure to HR specialists, experience on these live innovation projects also increases students value to prospective employers as they are a clear demonstration of problem solving and team-working ability in and organisational setting.

Students on this course will take 3 x 10ECTS modules to achieve the Postgraduate Certificate in Creative Thinking, Innovation & Entrepreneurship (Returners) award. The programme is supported by a range of entrepreneurship and career development services both from within Trinity and from the wider entrepreneurship and business ecosystem.

This programme aims to facilitate students in acquiring the following transversal skills:

- Communication: The ability to be articulate when speaking but also have the ability to listen.
- Leadership: Acquiring leadership and negotiation skills and be sensitive to cultural diversity. Learning to lead as well as follow and to work to tight deadlines.
- Adaptability: Being flexible enough to adapt and change in a dynamic work environment. Engaging problem solving abilities to tackle real world challenges.
- Teamwork: Working well in dynamic group settings and exercise cooperation and compromise.
- Integrity and Work Ethic: Maintaining a positive attitude and good work ethic.

Why Choose This Course

The Postgraduate Certificate in Innovation & Entrepreneurship (Returners) is a Level 9 qualification which enables the continuing professional development of women and men who wish to return to the workplace after a career break. This programme offers students the opportunity to acquire a unique combination of transversal skills including critical and creative thinking, intra-personal skills (self-discipline, perseverance and resilience) and information literacy.

Aligning closely with the aims of Enterprise 2025, this course seeks to create environment in which innovation, creativity and entrepreneurial discovery are facilitated and encouraged. This programme is not only to facilitate the transition back to work but also to empower participants to pioneer innovation and excel within their chosen organisations, thus supporting the delivery of full employment on a sustainable basis.

To achieve this, students experience and engage in the innovation process through interacting with academics, entrepreneurs, business leaders and industry mentors in a formal and informal learning environment. Working within an interdisciplinary context, participants develop a clear understanding of the societal and economic value associated with innovation. A range of problem-solving and lateral thinking skills are acquired equipping graduates with future proof skills in an evolving industrial landscape .

Through this programme, students participate in in-depth "Returnship Innovation Projects" hosted by private or public enterprise. Students apply their learnings from the programme to propose creative and innovative solutions to real challenges faced by the host organisations. In doing this, students experience the evolution of creative ideas within diverse interdisciplinary groups. They learn to communicate and interact with industry collaborators and begin to appreciate the process involved in bringing an idea from concept through to application.

When combined with group coaching, mentorship, exposure to HR specialists, experience on these live innovation projects also increases students value to prospective employers as they are a clear demonstration of problem solving and team-working ability in and organisational setting.

Students on this course will take 3 x 10ECTS modules to achieve the Postgraduate Certificate in Creative Thinking, Innovation & Entrepreneurship (Returners) award. The programme is supported by a range of entrepreneurship and career development services both from within Trinity and from the wider entrepreneurship and business ecosystem.

This programme aims to facilitate students in acquiring the following transversal skills:

- Communication: The ability to be articulate when speaking but also have the ability to listen.
- Leadership: Acquiring leadership and negotiation skills and be sensitive to cultural diversity. Learning to lead as well as follow and to work to tight deadlines.
- Adaptability: Being flexible enough to adapt and change in a dynamic work environment. Engaging problem solving abilities to tackle real world challenges.
- Teamwork: Working well in dynamic group settings and exercise cooperation and compromise.
- Integrity and Work Ethic: Maintaining a positive attitude and good work ethic.

Career Opportunities

Students have the opportunity to develop the personal qualities of communication, leadership, adaptability, and flexibility within a team. They develop an entrepreneurial mindset, increasing their value to potential employers and/or positioning them to plan a venture of their own.

The programme is underpinned by a range of career supports from Trinity for professional and personal development. Students are fully registered as postgraduates in Trinity College Dublin and have access to the Library and other facilities such as the gym, the dining hall, the health centre, and public lectures.

Timetable Info

Beginning Sept. 9th 2019
Programme runs weekdays Mon, Tues and Wed (9.30am-1.30pm)

Delivery Location

Tangent, Trinity's Ideas Workspace,
Trinity Business School,
Trinity College Dublin,
Dublin 2

Delivery Notes

Programme takes place on Trinity campus in a brand new state of the art facility (Tangent floor of new Trinity Business School).

Delivery is a combination of lectures, workshops and project based learning.

Admissions Contact Details
Contact Person

Gobnait O'Shaughnessy

Phone

(0) 1 896 4811

Email

Springboard@tcd.ie

Application Procedures

TRINITY COLLEGE DUBLIN DOES NOT ACCEPT ANY APPLICATIONS IN HARD COPY.

Application procedures: ONLINE ONLY

Applicants must upload the relevant documents in the following six categories:

1. Curriculum Vitae

2. Letter of motivation (approx 500 words)

3. Transcript for level 8 honours degree or scan/photo of degree parchment (subject to verification)

4. Proof of HEA Springboard funding eligibility: This may include Jobseekers payment receipt, lone parent payment, notarised homemaker declaration, illness benefit or other approved categories. Queries regarding eligibility should be directed in the first instance to HEA Springboard.

5/6. Please provide two references, academic or professional (max 250 words) under the following headings: 1. What capacity do you know the individual 2. Can you recommend their suitability for the course PG in Creative Thinking, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship. References should be on headed paper with relevant contact details.

All documentation must be submitted via the Springboard application portal.

TRINITY COLLEGE DUBLIN DOES NOT ACCEPT ANY APPLICATIONS IN HARD COPY.

Due to the high volume of applications for this programme, we regret that we are unable to provide detailed feedback on a per applicant basis.

SHORTLISTING FOR INTERVIEW

Applicants are assessed in the first instance on the information provided on the Springboard Application Portal – no additional documentation will be passed to the selection committee for consideration.

Following consideration of all applications the selection committee will make one of the following recommendations:

- That you are to be called for interview.
- That you are to be offered a place.
- That your name is to be put on a waiting list.
- That your application has been unsuccessful.

Due to the time required to assess each application, it may be several weeks from the time of application before you are notified of a decision.

Due to a high volume of applications, we regret that detailed feedback cannot be provided to individuals.

NOTIFICATION OF OUTCOME OF APPLICATION

All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application through their Springboard portal. Applicants who are offered a place will be requested to confirm their acceptance in line with the Springboard regulations to secure the place.

Please be aware that the Springboard application process is a competitive one and that interviews and/or offers are not guaranteed.

Please note, upon registration students are required to pay the €8 USI levy.


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