WHAT DO WE DO?
The Girls in Charge Initiative was founded in 2018 by women who wanted to make a change. It was built with the goal of equipping female students of all socio-economic backgrounds with entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial skills for career development.
The Free Uni programme is implemented through a series of co-hosted games-based workshops by societies at your university and us. These will focus on the various soft and hard skills required to be the CEO: confidence, leadership, communication and idea evaluation being some of the topics covered. In addition, we offer partner societies the opportunity to recommend up to 8 Student Leaders per academic year to receive training and have the opportunity to develop their leadership skills through facilitating their own workshops.
All of this is free! Sign your society up now!
WHY UNIVERSITY SOCIETIES SHOULD WORK WITH US?
Breaking boundaries – We aim to provide support to female students across the United Kingdom (and beyond!) and help them in their career journeys even if they are not necessarily entrepreneurial.
Training provided – If your society were to collaborate with us, selected members would receive the training required.
Extra events for your society - The sessions also have a clear agenda which would allow the society to plan events accordingly and individuals that take the initiative to lead them would have the opportunity to add this unique experience on their CVs.
Access to speakers and advisors – we work in collaboration with organisations within and outside of institutions, such as Oxford University Innovation and the Girls' Network. As such, we have access to a vast variety of speakers and advisors from diverse backgrounds who can provide insights to students at your university.
WHY BECOME A STUDENT LEADER?
No experience necessary - at the Initiative, we appreciate getting the 'relevant' experience can be challenging, therefore, we do not require any previous experience for our Student Leader roles. Training will be provided. All we ask is for you to be open-minded and willing to learn.
Learn on the job - You will receive training prior to hosting the workshops and we hope that through 'doing' you will learn a lot more than you would just by sitting in a speaker-led event.
Expand your horizon – by leading the workshops, you will not only improve your presentation and interpersonal skills, you will also be able to expand your network and meet student leaders from other universities. Furthermore, you will have access to our founders and partner institutions.
The classic “looks good on a CV” – whilst responsible for leading GC workshops will look good on a CV, we do hope you learn real skills too!
N.B: Student Leaders must be recommended through Partner Societies.
Be the best version of yourself
CREATIVITY & BUSINESS
In these uncertain times, businesses must be creative to stay afloat, and those who do it well can even thrive. In this workshop you will learn how to generate and work on your ideas in a methodical yet creative manner and spend some time breaking rules and setting new ones. Many people believe humanities subjects are not useful, this workshop will hopefully break that myth.
STARTING A SIDE HUSTLE
The idea of your own business being your sole source of income can be daunting and one that requires some risk assessment. So, many of us turn to having a side hustle first. This workshop will allow you to explore current opportunities and understand the basics of building your own business on the side.
ENHANCING YOUR COMMUNICATION SKILLS
Communication is necessary for all aspects of life, especially in the increasingly digitalised workplace. This workshop aims to guide you through the steps required for effective communication: whether it be with your team or your boss; in person or virtually.
CONFIDENCE - PERSONAL BRANDING
Knowing who you are is very important, be it in your personal life or the business world. As an entrepreneur, you will be the centre of your business, and the ‘personality’ of a company will be derived from your personal branding. As a job seeker, you need to stand out from the crowd. This session will help you explore your strengths and weaknesses, and create your own personal brand through a series of fun games and activities.
NETWORKING ONLINE & OFFLINE
One main issue brought up during our Roundtable event of July 2020 was that of networking. Job opportunities are NOT EQUAL and knowing the right people or having a great mentor can really help. And if you're taking the entrepreneurship route, then your network is going to be vital. This workshop goes over practical skills for networking: how to seek people out, the art of conversation, and continuing the relationship.
CONFIDENCE - BODY LANGUAGE
What you say matters, but also the way you say it. Body language is an art and this workshop will help you understand how to align your words with your body’s movements, honing both your presentation skills as well as your negotiation skills. Knowing how to read others' body language will also give you an extra edge in all sorts of situations.
Scheduled for near Easter time, we all know the academic year can be a bit of a drain before final exams. This workshop will help you create a resilient mindset, meet friendly people, and get you ready to conquer the world (or at least your exams and internship/job)!
PITCHING & PUBLIC SPEAKING
Public speaking will be part of your life regardless of your career path, be it presenting your work to your department or launching your company's new product. This workshop help you conquer your fear of public speaking and will take you through the essentials of body language, voice, and storytelling.