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Aspire Hub: Skills for CRS: Building a Strong Foundation - Shared screen with speaker view
Kamilla Azimova
16:38
Hello! I'm Kamilla studying business at Newcastle University. I'm looking into placements in CRS so can't wait for this webinar :)
Alicia Dear
16:51
Hi Everyone, I am Alicia Dear. I have just completed a MSc in Management & Corporate Sustainability at Cranfield and looking for a role in CSR
Samena Choudhury
16:51
Hi, I'm a Community Investment Advisor at Wates - also an Aspire Committee Member.
Emmaleen Mayell
17:00
Hi all, I work for Mace (construction)
Wayne Howe
17:04
Social Impact Manager with LinkedIn based in Dublin. Hi everyone.
Ha
17:08
Hi, I am Ha - working in Financial sector in London - trying to transition into CSR role
Samena Choudhury
17:08
looking forward to today!
Louise Riley
17:13
Hi I’m Louise, studying Geography at Royal Holloway :)
William Harnden
17:21
Hi everyone I'm William an international development consultant interested in moving into CSR
Maddie Loveday
17:23
Hi All, I am a CSR Associate in the Financial Services sector - based in London :)
Hannah
17:25
Hi, I work in Business Development for Teenage Cancer Trust - keen to move over to CSR!
Olivia Zhou
17:25
Hi everyone!
Kerry Amory
17:31
Kerry Amory - Social Value Co-ordinator
Kellie Durey
17:37
Hey, I work in the Community Investment team at Axis Europe (construction)
Langa Mpofu
17:42
Hi, I am a Masters student (International Trade and Investment Law) at the University of Amsterdam and I am looking for roles in CSR so this will provide me with great insight!
Rebecca Coughlan
17:47
Hi everyone, I’m Becca from Zimbabwe! I’m looking for opportunities within CRS and ESG reporting.
Holly Kennett
17:54
Hello! I am currently working for an international development organisation and looking to transition into CSR
Priya Satish
18:08
Hi , I am Priya Satish. I work in Be Collective a tech for Good Company as Corporate Responsibility and Strategy Manager.
Bryony Clear Hill
18:19
Join the Aspire Hub on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/12424804/
Jay
30:42
Yes! Have purpose, this is so important
Kim Nguyen
32:02
Definitely! I think spending the time to self-reflect on what is important to you and what success means to you will help find your purpose!
Jay
33:34
🌟
Wayne Howe
35:13
I totally agree with this Karin. Sometimes we focus all our energy on the day to day job, but forget to focus on developing ourselves
Kusumanjali R Shrikant
35:39
that was brilliant - thank you
Stephanie Taviner
35:40
Any questions for Karin and Sam, put them in the chat! We’ll aim to answer them in Q&A!
Maddison Hucks
35:50
#question - do you have any suggestions for how to stay on top of trends?
Wayne Howe
36:58
#question - wondering will the presentation be shared out to all the attendees on call?
Rachel Elizabeth
38:36
#question - Are there any particular certifications in Sustainability you would recommend to get into CSR?
Maddison Hucks
38:52
we can certainly share the presentation and the recording will also be uploaded to the ICRS website, e can circulate this too!
Wayne Howe
39:13
Thanks Maddison!
Stephanie Taviner
39:26
We’ll also be sharing a blog of the event too!
Sam
39:48
I have a lot of experience in societal issues but less so on environmental issues. How would I build that knowledge?
Bryony Clear Hill
40:55
The ICRS framework is available here: https://icrs.info/cpd/competency-framework
Jay
41:16
Thank you :D
Hannah
42:42
I second the questions on qualifications - if looking to move over to CSR from another career, are there courses we should be aware of to make sure we can compete?
Natalie
43:07
What are some things I can do as a student (in a non-CRS major) that will provide some good building blocks for a CRS career? I have quite a bit of volunteering experience with cancer charities, but still want to broaden my knowledge and horizons as much as possible.
Maddie Loveday
43:34
Rachel - I recently took this short 8-week Sustainable Business Management certification - would recommend! (https://online-short-courses.cisl.cam.ac.uk/presentations/lp/university-of-cambridge-business-sustainability-management-online-short-course/?ef_id=c:359012719321_d:c_n:g_ti:aud-392161264681:kwd-490161139832_p:_k:business%20sustainability%20management_m:e_a:65039566698&gclid=CjwKCAiA9vOABhBfEiwATCi7GKgsE3A8R_7nM3ANV2sXSb3-JzaO4iGvwyAlaY8Je6USSNQ17X6O7hoCDIIQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds)
Megan Jones
43:39
#question (from the perspective of a potential career changer) many of the skills in the framework are transferable and could be developed in many different roles, but how would you develop capabilities in impact/sustainability reporting, as this seems a requirement in many jobs ads?
melisagooding
43:40
I've just started University of Cambridge Business Sustainability Management course - has anyone else done /doing this course and what are your thoughts?
melisagooding
44:25
Rachel - just saw your message that you did the course!
Shana Tufail
44:52
I was considering signing up to this Uni Cambridge course and was wondering how it compares to others
Maddie Loveday
44:59
Hi Melisa, not sure if you saw my comment just shared I've done that course! Really enjoyed it, would be happy if you have questions about it
emj
45:23
From your experience, what areas of sustainability need developed today?
Shana Tufail
45:29
Is this course a good route and where can it position you in line with the framework?
Langa Mpofu
46:09
Are there specific academic backgrounds that employers in the field look out for or is it more to do with the skill set that you have developed through and during your studies?
sarah.penrhyn-jones
46:11
Hi Melisa! I’ve done it too and I loved it!
Jane Harsham
46:46
The learning advice is absolutely bang on. I've enrolled on to IEMA Foundation Certificate in Environmental Management as I have absolutely no knowledge in this area.
William Harnden
47:30
Question - any specific advice for people transitioning from the international development sector to the CRS sector? I've been 12 years in UN, international NGOs and lots of overseas experience, but don't feel I always fit into sustainability JD's. Are CRS depts. interested in ID people?
Rachel Elizabeth
47:30
thanks very much! This Cambridge course is very popular.
Kusum Ravindranath
47:48
hi, is there appetite in the corporate sector to hire folks with grassroots and charity experience into CSR roles? and how does one make that transition?
Wayne Howe
48:49
#question - As new to the CSR in the corporate world - what is your advice overall to someone starting out. ( I loved the frame work and development plan which you have discussed). What type of courses/skills or learning paths did you use when starting out?
Shana Tufail
50:48
I’m mid career and looking to transition but finding the job titles are a struggle - hard to distinguish the roles that I might be able to transition to now from those with more technical/specialist aspects - any thoughts on this? I have met many others interested in a career in CSR/sustainability and struggling with this
Jane Harsham
51:18
It's a known fact that women are far less likely to apply for a role if they feel they are missing one or two advertised required skills. Take a tip from men and repurpose your skills to answer the question!
Jess Verdon
52:06
Great point Shana and Jane!
Megan Jones
52:07
Thank you that’s very reassuring!!
Maddison Hucks
52:17
Kusum I made the transition from the charity sector as did my co-chair Francesca so there is appetite! What helped me a lot was doing work around corporate partnerships through fundraising and probono projects. Any way of getting access to companies CSR teams
Kusum Ravindranath
52:55
that's great advice, Maddison - thank you
Ha
53:38
Thank you Sam!
Jane Harsham
54:45
Influencing is a hugely important element for anyone senior in CR. Improving and honing those skills are vital.
becky.williams
55:24
I have to leave now but thank you very much this has been really useful
Maddison Hucks
55:59
thank you Becky!
Rachel Elizabeth
58:05
#question - There has been lots of comments in general media/public perception that CSR can be comparable to greenwashing or a luxury for a company ,especially a small-medium enterprise to have . How would you respond to that type of comment? It can be demoralising when the perception of a career in CSR isn't considered to be a "real" career.
Jess Verdon
58:21
Sam, Karin, how do you balance sustainability fatigue/ burnout whilst taking on opportunties and taking on responsibility?
Priya Satish
58:37
Thanks for lovely webinar. I have to leave now.
Maddison Hucks
58:47
Thank you Priya!
Sam
01:00:15
How can you tell if a company has an authentic commitment to CSR when applying for jobs?
Olivia Zhou
01:00:33
How to build resilience after the failures?:)
Shana Tufail
01:00:38
Good question Sam
Rachel Elizabeth
01:00:53
Great question Sam, thank you.
Jane Harsham
01:02:02
Rachel Elizabeth - your question is interesting. Rather than talking about your role through the lens of CSR, think about it in terms of ESG. That changes it as ESG reporting is becoming hugely important to investors and those organisations who ignore it will pay the price. There is a huge amount of information about the shifting ESG landscape - take a look.
Emma
01:02:37
I totally agree with Sam Healy, I was nervous going into my CRS job as felt a bit of a fraud, but actually I found I did have a lot of the skills and knowledge and the ones I didn't I have now developed. My job has pushed me develop these skills. This is one of the reason Maddie & Francesca started the aspire hub so we can ask and learn from each other if we do get stuck :)
Rachel Elizabeth
01:03:36
Thanks Jane, never thought about that perspective before, will definitely look into it. Thank you so much!
Rachel Elizabeth
01:10:47
Great virtues noted - Authenticity, humility, honesty and courage. Thank you!
Ha
01:11:57
thank you Karin!
Kamilla Azimova
01:12:23
Thinking about starting a career always felt so overwhelming for me but this webinar made me realise there is so much I can do to start! Thank you Sam, Karin and Kim this was very informative and inspiring
Kusumanjali R Shrikant
01:12:33
so inspiring
Maddison Hucks
01:12:52
Kamilla that's fantastic to hear!
Maddie Loveday
01:12:55
Thank you!
Wayne Howe
01:12:56
Thank you everyone for your insight!
Jay
01:12:57
Thank you so much!
Louise Riley
01:13:00
Thank you
Zamzam Osman
01:13:01
Thank you Sam and Karin 😀
Megan Jones
01:13:03
Thank you!
melisagooding
01:13:03
Thank you for putting on this event!
Tj Sullivan
01:13:05
This was really helpful! Thank you so much!
Zoe Honour
01:13:06
This was fantastic thank you so much - wrote so many notes and will certainly take away a lot from this!
Yinuo Pan
01:13:06
Many thanks Sam and Karin! super inspiring session!
Rachel Elizabeth
01:13:11
Thank you, absolutely loved this!
Stephanie Taviner
01:13:12
Join the Aspire Hub on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/12424804/
Ana Maria Nietzen
01:13:13
Thank you!
Holly Kennett
01:13:15
Thank you so much - some very useful information and advice
emj
01:13:20
Thank you- very helpful.
Rebecca Coughlan
01:13:27
Thank you so much - this was a very informative and inspiring event.
Natalie
01:13:28
Thank you so much for a really inspiring and informative discussion! Looking forward to taking the next step in my CRS career :)
Bryony Clear Hill
01:13:31
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Alicia Dear
01:13:37
Thank you. It was a really inspiring and useful hour.
Kerry Amory
01:13:40
Great session - thank you - really informative
Kusumanjali R Shrikant
01:13:40
so much of what you said resonates with the worries of mid career professionals - thank you
Jhané Gibson
01:13:44
Thank you all!
Hannah
01:13:45
Thank you so much, really helpful
Izzy
01:13:46
So sorry I could only join late, but even the end was great!