Organisational Development and Professional Learning

Control your Career

careerThis set of workshops is designed to help you with career planning.  You may be looking for something new or wanting to do some long term planning.  These sessions cover academic and alternative career options.

Select a course below for more information and to book your place.  Alternatively return to the home page.





Everyone has a unique combination of skills, talents, and knowledge – also known as strengths. This workshop helps you identify your individual strengths using the popular Gallup StrengthsFinder assessment. We look at your strengths report, what these strengths mean  and how they can help you become more effective, productive and engaged.  We also look at how your strengths can be useful when you are job searching or looking for a career change.

If you are interested in exploring your StrengthsFinder report in more detail, to see how your strengths can work for and against you in your work then you can request individual sessions. Contact Emma to request a session or find out more information. 

Are you looking for a change in career?  Do you have less than one year on your current contract?  The Career Architect programme has been designed to support people working in all disciplines and currently considering a range of career options beyond academic research. It combines coaching and informal small-group workshops to help you kick-start your career change.

Would you like to take a different approach to planning your career? Would you like to explore what makes you tick and the types of careers you might be best suited to pursue. This course shows you how to use the methodology set out in the book ‘Business Model You’ to make decisions about your career.  The idea behind the Business Model You method is very simple. You can apply the same entrepreneurial techniques to plan our career that a business would use improve how it operates. Once you’ve mapped your business model you can redesign it and use it to help you change what we do to better suit our skills, values and aspirations.

Many researchers find writing a skills profile difficult. How can you make yours stand out? Do you have all the relevant information in there? We will help you identify key skills that you already have and construct a description around them.

Explore and document your individual and motivated skills using the JLA Skills Card Toolkit devised by John Lees to supplement the exercises in his book How to get a Job You’ll love. Discovering more about your motivated skills will boost your confidence, help you spot learning needs and help you write more targeted CVs.

Based on the job hunters book ‘What colour is your Parachute?’ If you are looking to change your career or just want some useful job hunting skills for the future then this workshop could
help you.

This session covers CV development and building your personal statement.

We are running a series of CV drop-in clinics for researchers who need to get feedback on their CV for an application or just haven’t updated their CV in the last 12 months? We will help you to tailor your CV for applications or help you get started with a new CV. Sessions are running on:


A look at how job applications are structured and written. This session will also help you to evidence an application using your skills and experience.  It covers both academic and non-academic applications.

Look at how employers use the job description to structure their interview process and the different types of interviews they use.  We will also cover the tricky questions and the importance of body language.


Springboard is an award-winning three-month personal development programme designed especially for women. It has been created to enable women to achieve greater recognition and influence and to fulfil their potential in both their work and personal lives.

A link to the University Careers Service



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Last updated 19/08/2015

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