Taking Control of Your Career
Professional Development Programme

Participants: UCL Researchers

Pre-requisites: None

Preparation: Completion of an online questionnaire that will be emailed to you 2 weeks prior to the start of the programme, which should take approximately 20 minutes to complete.

Overview: This programme has been designed especially for researchers; the components have been tested and provide a creative and robust approach to career planning. On completion of the programme you will:

  • have built an awareness of yourself and others
  • have gained an understanding of potential careers in and outside of academia and be able to make a realistic assessment of your own future
  • have developed and be prepared to implement a robust action plan in order to make clear decisions on your choice of career
  • develop resilience, building the capability to absorb and respond to the challenges faced by researchers in your current and future roles
  • make clear commitments to pursuing the next steps in your chosen career

There are three elements to the programme:

  1. Two day initial workshop
    1. develop your understanding of what motivates you
    2. discover some possibilities for future careers
    3. form a contract with 'buddy' / co-coach
    4. agree an action plan for your field work
  2. Field Work (Independent Careers Research)- 6 week period where you will
    1. investigate possible career paths
    2. supported by 'buddy' / co-coach
    3. potential to make a first step towards career progression
  3. One day workshop to Review and Plan Forward
    1. Review your progress and share experiences
    2. Plan the next steps forward
    3. Develop strategies for building resilience now and in the future

Style: Lively, interesting and challenging - with plenty of opportunity to share experiences with other particpants and the facilitators.

Facilitator: Jeremy Mead and Penny Bridges

Workshop Dates:

After your place is confirmed, Khiera will contact you with workshop venues & timings.

Cohort 1 (2015):

  • Day 1: Monday 2nd February
  • Day 2: Tuesday 3rd February
  • Follow Up Day: Friday 20th March

Cohort 2 (2015):

  • Day 1: Thursday 14th May
  • Day 2: Friday 15th May
  • Follow Up Day: Friday 26th June

Please note that booking onto the first workshop will commit you in advance to attending all workshops in the programme. We will also require you to participate in the University's evaluation of the programme by completing questionnaries.

How to book: Booking Form

OD Course Contact: Khiera Yusuf