#1
I'm applying for a job right now (as a lab technician at a university) and one of the sections requires me to write a supporting statement as to my ability to contribute towards a sustainable outreach programme.

What is this? Please help me Pit I need a job.
#2
Just write about how you believe in breaking down the barriers between ivory tower acadaemia and the community or something.

Basically, call their bluff and out meaningless-statement them.
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#3
Maybe they want to interest poor people in science (outreach) but they don't it to cost anything (sustainable)?
#4
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Maybe they want to interest poor people in science (outreach) but they don't it to cost anything (sustainable)?

Yea, but they wanted to dress it up in management bullshit. Which is why I think the proper response is to make up buzzwords and litter the statement with them.
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#6
It's basically corporate doubletalk for a program aimed at helping someone outside of your workplace..

Good example is your local government doing recycling programs and stuff.

But as slapsy said, it's a pretty meaningless statement...be sure to include terms such as "Blue sky thinking" and "Synergy" when crafting your response
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#7
The uni will have various goals on how they can work in a more sustainable way. How can you contribute to achieving those, and helping other achieve them?

Like this stuff.

Thats how I'd take it anyway.
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#8
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But they also might want to be sustainable and not impact the environment as much (sustainable) and educate others on it (outreach)?

http://www.gre.ac.uk/sustain/about


Close, it means a program that lasts for a long time or lasts for an indefinite period on very little money or resourcing (sustainable), and impacts people outside of your immediate workplace (outreach)
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It's basically corporate doubletalk for a program aimed at helping someone outside of your workplace..

Good example is your local government doing recycling programs and stuff.

But as slapsy said, it's a pretty meaningless statement...be sure to include terms such as "Blue sky thinking" and "Synergy" when crafting your response

He may also want to include "ideation" and "stakeholder".
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#12
Tell them pressure is your middle name.
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#13
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I think outside the box too, can't forget that.

This is a useful skill. Many men forget that women have more than one erogenous zone.
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Tell them pressure is your middle name.


"Success" is also my other middle name and I work well on my own and also as part of a team.
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He may also want to include "ideation" and "stakeholder".


Of course, but a potential employer will not even give your application a second glance without such clever terms as:

"Best practice"-(Actually asked the panel to define what they meant by the term "Best practice recruiting processes" in an interview once...got lots of 'um' and 'ah' type responses and some lame attempt at explaining it....I didn't get the job)

"Value-added"
Don't forget to talk about what you can "Bring to the table"

I work in Government....the useless buzzwords that get bandied about could fill a Library
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#16
"Why do you want this job?"

"Because capitalism forces me to sell my labour for money which can be exchanged for goods and services in order to survive."
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Of course, but a potential employer will not even give your application a second glance without such clever terms as:

"Best practice"-(Actually asked the panel to define what they meant by the term "Best practice recruiting processes" in an interview once...got lots of 'um' and 'ah' type responses and some lame attempt at explaining it....I didn't get the job)

"Value-added"
Don't forget to talk about what you can "Bring to the table"

I work in Government....the useless buzzwords that get bandied about could fill a Library

I get annual updates from my brother, when the company he works for (in software, rhymes with gahdobe) has their conference, and he has to sit through sessions of what he describes as "brain-meltingly meaningless crap", that generally take 2 hours of verbal diarrhoea to transmit about 15 minutes worth of vaguely useful, if not new, information.
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I get annual updates from my brother, when the company he works for (in software, rhymes with gahdobe) has their conference, and he has to sit through sessions of what he describes as "brain-meltingly meaningless crap", that generally take 2 hours of verbal diarrhoea to transmit about 15 minutes worth of vaguely useful, if not new, information.


Ahhh, I know that feel.....we deal with a lot of external services (I work at a courthouse) who have no idea how the court processes work, so they decide instead of asking, they try and puff their chests and talk like they're on Law & Order.....wastes my time and makes them look stupid when I can summarise their paragraph of words into one sentence......
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(in software, rhymes with gahdobe)

I'm sorry, but according to rhymezone.com, nothing rhymes with that.
#20
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I'm sorry, but according to rhymezone.com, nothing rhymes with that.

What if I Photoshop it? Might that give you a hint?
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#21
"A flexible, enthusiastic and proactive attitude to working with a range of colleagues "

How the hell do I answer this?

Yes I am flexible and proactive and enjoy working with lots of different people.
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"A flexible, enthusiastic and proactive attitude to working with a range of colleagues "

How the hell do I answer this?

Yes I am flexible and proactive and enjoy working with lots of different people.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=NFX4fmldZFs#t=6

Something like this.
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#23
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"A flexible, enthusiastic and proactive attitude to working with a range of colleagues "

How the hell do I answer this?

Yes I am flexible and proactive and enjoy working with lots of different people.


That's not even a question.

Do these people even grammar?

Basically what you should do, is give an example of a time you've given exemplary service and worked well in a team.
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#24
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"A flexible, enthusiastic and proactive attitude to working with a range of colleagues "

How the hell do I answer this?

Yes I am flexible and proactive and enjoy working with lots of different people.

You could come up with a story on how it's always important to have different perspectives of things. That's why you enjoy working with different people with varying personalities. You're constantly learning something new and by being open to different viewpoints you are certain that you can come up with the best solutions to any problem.

EDIT: I always found it great how these types of questions are basically begging you to come up with a BS story.
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#25
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That's not even a question.

Do these people even grammar?

Basically what you should do, is give an example of a time you've given exemplary service and worked well in a team.


It just says "supporting statement". I'll bullshit about how I worked with a range of people from different areas of science on my masters project.
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It just says "supporting statement". I'll bullshit about how I worked with a range of people from different areas of science on my masters project.


Pretty much, but you need to provide a clear nexus between the key terms of the criteria (e.g. 'proactive') in your answer. It usually helps to slip in the key terms into your answers so the person reading it knows what you're on about.

For example:

"In my time working for the State Government, I have worked with a range of clients on a number of projects. Most recently I worked on project xxx, as part of my role xxx I took a proactive approach to this project by conducting a meeting with the key stakeholders to the project"....

Kinda like that

EDIT: Including key words or phrases in your answers also does two things:
1) It demonstrates you actually read the question
2) It allows you to keep yourself on track so you don't end up waffling on about irrelevant junk when structuring your answer
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#28
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"Why do you want this job?"

"Because capitalism forces me to sell my labour for money which can be exchanged for goods and services in order to survive."




add "And I work well on a team" and you're golden
#29
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But they also might want to be sustainable and not impact the environment as much (sustainable) and educate others on it (outreach)?

http://www.gre.ac.uk/sustain/about



then it should be a sustainability outreach programme.


sounds you will be working for some foreigner with poor language skills who tries to cover that fact with extensive buzzword use.


bail!
#30
no they want to make it look like they're doing something for people but for it not to cost them anything
#31
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"Why do you want this job?"

"Because capitalism forces me to sell my labour for money which can be exchanged for goods and services in order to survive."

Employers like a bit of humour and uniqueness in an interview so you should definitely come out with this. And hey if they're closet commies you've got the job.

I got asked all those generic team work/leader questions recently in an interview and was surprised at my ability to bullshit effectively on the spot.
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Employers like a bit of humour and uniqueness in an interview so you should definitely come out with this. And hey if they're closet commies you've got the job.

I got asked all those generic team work/leader questions recently in an interview and was surprised at my ability to bullshit effectively on the spot.


I actually had a mock interview at a careers thing before I finished university and the guy said I was funny so I should let my comedic timing come through in interviews

No seriously for the next week I'm going to revise spectroscopy and sustainable outreach which are the two most weirdly polar subjects to be thinking of.

Got all my generic teamwork/leader questions down to a tee anyway.