Centre for Lifelong Learning The Next StAge

A new personal development and employability programme aimed at those aged 50+

Over 50s represent the fastest growing part of the workforce in the UK. People are enjoying longer, and crucially healthier, lives and as an Age-Friendly University we are committed to supporting people at this stage in life to achieve their goals.

If you are considering changing direction, personally or professionally, are interested in developing your skills for use in a volunteering role or are approaching retirement but would like to continue to work in a different capacity, our new programme has something for you.  Make this your first step in exploring your next stage.....

Our new range of classes and workshops:

  • Are delivered by an experienced team of tutors and career guidance professionals
  • Will help you identify and enhance your transferable skills and build upon your past experience
  • Will support you to focus your plans and to set professional and personal goals for the future, as well as develop practical skills such as CV writing, interview techniques and building your social media presence.

Classes are offered throughout the year from October to June. Click on the links below for further details on the content, dates, times, prices and information on how to book.

How to succeed at interviews - 2 hour workshop

If the thought of a job interview gives you sweaty palms and butterflies then come along to this 2-hour workshop for practical help and advice on how to prepare for and succeed with confidence at interviews, both for paid employment and for volunteering. Update your knowledge on what employers and voluntary organisations are looking for and give yourself the tools to confidently succeed in the recruitment and selection process.

  • Wednesday 16th January 2019
  • 17.30 - 19.30
  • Fee £13
  • Click here to book online

OR

  • Wednesday 20th March
  • 17.30 - 19.30
  • Fee £13
  • Click here to book online

OR

  • Wednesday 12th June
  • 17.30 - 19.30
  • Fee £13
  • Click here to book online

Booking for these classes opens on Monday the 13th August for Learning in Later Life Students' Association (3Ls) members. General booking opens at 9.00am on Friday 17th August.

Presenting on Paper: how to write winning CVs and applications - 2 hour workshop

Putting together your CV and making sense of job applications can both seem a bit daunting in an ever changing labour market. This 2-hour workshop for practical help and advice on how to present yourself and your experience. Update your knowledge on what employers are looking for and give yourself the tools to succeed in the recruitment and selection process.

  • Wednesday 16th January 2019
  • 17.30 - 19.30
  • Fee £13
  • Click here to book online

OR

  • Wednesday 27th March
  • 17.30 - 19.30
  • Fee £13
  • Click here to book online

OR

  • Wednesday 19th June 2019
  • 17.30 - 19.30
  • Fee £13
  • Click here to book online

Booking for these classes opens on Monday the 13th August for Learning in Later Life Students' Association (3Ls) members. General booking opens at 9.00am on Friday 17th August.

Preparing for volunteering - 2 hour workshop

Explore your thoughts on volunteering as an option for the future. You will have the opportunity to share ideas with other members of the class and answer key questions:  How much time can you give? What do you hope to gain from volunteering? What training to do you need? These questions and others will make up the core of this workshop. We will also work together to identify where to search for suitable volunteering opportunities.

  • Wednesday 28th November 2018
  • 17.30 - 19.30
  • Fee £13
  • Click here to book online

OR

  • Wednesday 13th March 2019
  • 17.30 - 19.30
  • Fee £13
  • Click here to book online

OR

  • Wednesday 12th June 2019
  • 17.30 - 19.30
  • Fee £13
  • Click here to book online

Booking for these classes opens on Monday the 13th August for Learning in Later Life Students' Association (3Ls) members. General booking opens at 9.00am on Friday 17th August.

Using social media for employability - 2 hour workshop

Many employers and recruitment agencies now use social media to source the right candidates, therefore understanding how to use social media to increase your visibility to employers can play a vital role in your job search strategy. In this 2-hour workshop, we will explore how on-line social network sites have become an essential forum to advertise your skills and allow you to establish your social brand, network with people online and identify relevant job opportunities.

  • Tuesday 19th March 2019
  • 17.30 - 19.30
  • Fee £13
  • Click here to book online

Booking for this class opens on Monday the 13th August for Learning in Later Life Students' Association (3Ls) members. General booking opens at 9.00am on Friday 17th August.

Dealing with Redundancy - 2 hour workshop

Redundancy, voluntary or compulsory necessitates change. For example, acceptance of a different stage in life, a creative outlook and planning for effective and realistic next steps. In this 2-hour seminar, we will explore how to embrace a positive and healthy redundancy by establishing self-identity, aligning values, re-framing expectations into goals, nurturing and expanding resources and brainstorming future possibilities. Tutor-led and discussion focused, the session will encourage personal reflection, to prepare and plan effectively for a real or potential redundancy situation.

  • Tuesday 19th March 2019
  • 17.30 - 19.30
  • Fee £13
  • Click here to book online

Booking for this class opens on Monday the 13th August for Learning in Later Life Students' Association (3Ls) members. General booking opens at 9.00am on Friday 17th August.

Exploring your Future - 2 day workshop

If you are exploring a new career direction, thinking about volunteering or are unsure of your next move, come along to this two-day workshop to explore the possibilities with other like-minded people.  You will have the opportunity to pause and reflect on your personal strengths and values, examine patterns in your life and identify steps and people to help you move forward. Using individual and small group activities, the tutor will help create a supportive place for participants to share experience and explore their future.

  • Monday 1st and Monday 8th October 2018
  • 10.00 – 16.00
  • Fee £54
  • Click here to book online

 OR

  • Saturday 13th and Saturday 20th April 2019
  • 10.00 – 16.00
  • Fee £54
  • Click here to book online

Booking for these classes opens on Monday the 13th August for Learning in Later Life Students' Association (3Ls) members. General booking opens at 9.00am on Friday 17th August.

New Horizons: Planning your next stage - 6 week course

Are you seeking a career change, preparing for retirement or just curious as to what else might be out there for you? Perhaps you have a hobby you would like to turn into a career or you are keen to share your experience & skills with others – whatever your motivation – this interactive 6-week employability class aims to enable you to review your career options and explore what possibilities are out there. During the class you will have the opportunity to identify your skills and strengths, reflect on your experience and move your plans forward, as well as receiving more practical hints and tips in refreshing your CV, preparing for interviews and using social media to support your career planning. 

  • Wednesday 17th October - Wednesday 21st November 2018, 6 meetings
  • 17.30 - 19.30
  • Fee £62
  • Click here to book online

OR

  • Wednesday 30th January - Wednesday 6th March 2019, 6 meetings
  • 17.30 - 19.30
  • Fee £62
  • Click here to book online

OR

  • Wednesday 1st May - Wednesday 5th April, 6 meetings
  • 17.30 - 19.30
  • Fee £62
  • Click here to book online

 Booking for these classes opens on Monday the 13th August for Learning in Later Life Students' Association (3Ls) members. General booking opens at 9.00am on Friday 17th August.

Inspiring People - 4 week course

“If you love life, life will love you back”, said Arthur Rubenstein. There are people who have overcome major hurdles to lead inspiring lives. In this friendly, interactive 4-week class, find out what we can learn from others.  Watch video clips about contemporary people from different walks of life. Where does a sense of purpose come from?  Is it all about personality or do particular attitudes and experiences change people? How much is the future influenced by previous setbacks? These fascinating questions, and more, form the basis for exploring inspiring lives. The class will involve tutor presentations, film clips, individual reflection, and group discussions - all supported by a class web resource.

  • Monday 1st October - Monday 22nd October 2018, 4 meetings
  • 17.00 - 19.00
  • Fee £41
  • Click here to book online

OR

  • Monday 15th April - Monday 13th May, 4 meetings
  • Please note – there will be no class in on Monday 6 May due to the May Day Holiday.
  • 12.00 - 14.00
  • Fee £41
  • Click here to book online

Booking for these classes opens on Monday the 13th August for Learning in Later Life Students' Association (3Ls) members. General booking opens at 9.00am on Friday 17th August.

A Mind for the Future - 4 week course

This 4-week class is about your future. How are you going to apportion your time? Are you going to follow a script of others’ choosing or pursue some heartfelt goals that align with your own beliefs and priorities? Join this class and engage in this process. Ask questions of one another, weigh the pros and cons and reflect on action. Gain insight into mental traps, learn how to cultivate healthy habits of mind, see the positive in situations and focus your attention.  You will gain energy to take the next steps to an interesting and fulfilling future.

  • Monday 19th November - Monday 3rd December, 4 meetings
  • 14.15 - 16.15
  • Fee £41
  • Click here to book online

Booking for these classes opens on Monday the 13th August for Learning in Later Life Students' Association (3Ls) members. General booking opens at 9.00am on Friday 17th August.

Life Coaching: Living the Life you Love - 4 week course
Explore techniques and steps to ensure you are the best version of yourself.  Life Coaching is a forward focused, exciting and action-oriented process. Feel enthusiastic, happy and hopeful about now and the future by embracing who you are and living life to the full - whether creating an encore career or a new life in retirement, making positive changes or just getting to understand and know yourself a little more. The 4-week class involves tutor led presentations, friendly and informal discussions, group activities with a feel-good factor and course materials for further reference.
  • Wednesday 16th January - Wednesday 6th February 2019, 4 meetings
  • 09.45 - 11.45
  • Fee £41
  • Click here to book online

Booking for these classes opens on Monday the 13th August for Learning in Later Life Students' Association (3Ls) members. General booking opens at 9.00am on Friday 17th August.