Oxford Uni gives assertiveness coaching to female undergrads to boost career prospects

27 Apr

Female undergraduates at Oxford University are to benefit from assertiveness coaching to make sure they don’t lag behind men when it comes to negotiating in the jobs marketplace.

The Oxford Student reports that 45 women will take part in four days of classes – carried out by the Springboard Women Development Programme – to boost their self-confidence and give them the tools and belief to pitch for high-powered jobs once they graduate. It will teach them how to handle conflict, negotiation, and surviving in challenging environments.

With female graduates typically earning £3,000 less than their male counterparts, this programme has come at a good time for the women – whether they choose to opt for top-notch jobs in the City or not.

Quoted in the Telegraph on this story, Jenny Daisley, chief executive of the Springboard Consultancy, said the skills learned would be valuable whatever choices the women make. “The undergraduate sitting quiet as a mouse in supervision, giving the impression that they have not got anything to say, may have lots to say but needs positive advice so that they are not invisible.”

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