Communities of Practice

Communities of Practice

Communities of Practice are defined as a group of people who share a concern or passion for something they do and want to learn how to do it better as they interact regularly.

We are keen to support members to come together to share, discuss and support each other in relation to practice areas of mutual interest. We see Communities of Practice (CoP) as an ideal mechanism to facilitate member engagement around shared challenges, problems, innovations and ideas.

CoPs are completely autonomous and flexible in terms of topics worked on, time commitment and the process of engagement.

Currently, the following CoPs are in operation. All members are welcome to join any CoP,  please contact the relevant person directly.

Psychometric Assessment

Points of contact:

Deirdre Parker – d.parker@ucc.ie

Michael McDonnell – michael.mcdonnell@ucd.ie

Career IT Systems Information Exchange Group

This new CoP will focus on the exchanging of knowledge and best practice around the use of IT systems within your service and an invitation to join is extended to all AHECS members. The first meeting is planned for June 2024.

Points of contact:

Fionnuala Rahilly fionnualarahilly@rcsi.com

Jillian O’Mahony jillian.omahony@ucc.ie

Arts & Creative Industries Employability

The aim is to establish a collaborative network of career development professionals dedicated to enhancing the employability of Arts & Creative Industries (ACI) students in Ireland and share best practices, resources, and expertise in supporting ACI students navigate the unique challenges and opportunities of their career paths.
Membership is open to all career development professionals working with ACI students in Irish universities and representation from diverse institutions, disciplines, and levels of experience is encouraged.

Points of contact:

Mary Rose O’Sullivan Maryrose.osullivan@mtu.ie

Donal Hackett donal.hackett@universityofgalway.ie

LinkedIn Learning

Points of contact:

Deborah Seddon Deborah.Seddon@atu.ie

Adette Ring adette.ring@atu.ie

About LinkedIn Learning CoP:

Its purpose is to support one another to develop proficiency and confidence with ‘Admin Functionality, curate/share careers resources, learning Paths and collections. New members are always welcome!

Latest updates:

The January 2024 Lunch n Learn spotlighted this AHECS Communities of Practice and the use of LinkedIn and LinkedIn Learning to enhance Careers Service Practice.

You can watch it here.

Healthcare

Points of contact:

Niamh Mullen – niamhmullen@rcsi.ie

Latest updates:

The topic for the last meeting was Managing expectations.

Other themes identified for next meetings include:

  • Working abroad
  • Diversity and inclusion in Healthcare employment
  • Engagement strategies
  • Sessions delivered to allied healthcare
  • Sharing practice/collaboration potential

New members are always welcome!

Work Placement

Points of contact:

Marie Laffey – marie.laffey@universityofgalway.ie

Oonagh Sweeney – oonagh.sweeney@ucd.ie

Latest updates:

Our most recent CoP meeting took place on the 17th January and over 30 people signed up to attend, we recorded the session and circulated it to the wider group (75)  We covered the area of compliance and risk assessment and particularly around host insurance. Both Ulster University and UCC presented their experiences and there was plenty of discussion and sharing of best practices amongst all of the HEI’s. The ASET Good Practice Guide for Managing Health & Safety in the Workplace was then circulated after the meeting. Our next meeting is scheduled for Mid March.

New members are always welcome!

Employer Engagement

Points of contact:

Rachael Corridan – r.corridan@qub.ac.uk

Overall Goals of the Employer Engagement Community of Practice

The AHECS (Association of Higher Education Careers Services) Employer Engagement Community of Practice serves a dual purpose: fostering peer-to-peer networking among career guidance professionals while also facilitating opportunities to learn from employers in a wide variety of sectors.

This Community of Practice aims to:

  • Facilitate collaboration and networking among careers and employability professionals in Higher Education.
  • Enhance communication and knowledge sharing among community of practice members through regular meetings to facilitate the exchange of ideas, challenges, and solutions in Employer Engagement in Higher Education.
  • Share best practices, innovative strategies and resources related to employer engagement in Irish Universities including strategies for managing employer partnerships, facilitating work-based learning experiences, and promoting career readiness skills.
  • Act as a key point of contact and resource for employers who want to connect with Careers and Employability Professionals in Higher Education and share valuable insights, best practices, and industry-specific knowledge.

New members are always welcome!

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