Domain B: Personal effectiveness

The personal qualities, career and self-management skills required to take ownership for and control of professional development.

Career management

Career Refresh for Research Staff is a 2 session interactive workshop intended to assist research staff review their career vision.


  • are current members of Academic staff on Research Only contracts
  • are interesting in reviewing and refreshing their individual career vision, and commencing an action plan to assist with achieving their personal career goals
  • are open to considering a range of career options.


Session one concentrates on refreshing a vision where researchers are in their career and their potential for the future whilst session two looks at practical steps to progress future career plans and job hunting. The course is delivered in two sessions, two weeks apart with a small amount of self-study between sessions.

Learning outcomes

  • understand the nature of career decision making and personal definitions of career success
  • specify their current career situation
  • examine personal motivations for progression and change, understanding their values and motivations
  • produce a vision of where they would like to be
  • identify the potential barriers to change
  • identify useful methods of using labour market information and networks
  • progress an action plan
  • confidently access a range of suitable career support services and resources.

Course dates


Session 1

22 November 2017
29 November 2017
09:30-12:3011th Floor, McKenzie House

Session 2

7 June 2018
14 June 2018
09:30-12:30 11th Floor, McKenzie House

This event provides an opportunity for you to explore the different career paths available within higher education and beyond.

Speakers from a range of employers in the public, private and third sectors will talk about their own career journeys and careers within their areas.

The event will provide discipline specific insights into career paths and entry methods for different kinds of employment, as well as showing what it is like to work in different types of institutions.

Through attendance, you will have the opportunity to:

  • find out what postgraduate researchers in your discipline area do after graduation and the opportunities that are available to you
  • identify the skills and competencies that employers look for in recruits and how to develop them
  • receive tips for what you need to do now to position yourself for a career within or outside of higher education
  • network with a variety of professionals
  • find out about further sources of support to assist you with your career planning and receive handy tips on job searching and writing applications

Course dates

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

1 February 201813:30-16:30Lecture Theatre, Hadyn Ellis Building

College of Biomedical and Life Sciences

15 February 201813:30-16:30Lecture Theatre, Hadyn Ellis Building

College of Physical Sciences and Engineering

1 March 201813:30-16:30Lecture Theatre, Hadyn Ellis Building

CVs & Job Applications is a half day workshop intended to assist staff with their writing of job applications including CVs, application forms and personal statements. It will cover both applications for academic and wider option jobs.


  • current members of Academic staff of Research Only contracts
  • interested in developing their CV and written job application skills.


How do you present yourself as employable, ready, willing and extremely capable of doing the job you want? This workshop analyses the job application essentials including CVs, online application forms, personal statements and how they can be combined, to make effective job applications. Using current examples it will deal with identifying the evidence of skills, knowledge and experience needed to maximise employer appeal. The style will be interactive and the groups will review the alternative formats of CV, for both academic and wider options.

Learning outcomes

  • appreciate the nature and purpose of a CV in the employment marketplace
  • review a range of CV formats and use as appropriate
  • identify and present the skills, knowledge and experience you can give evidence for
  • understand the essentials of effective job application form completion
  • draw together a complete job application “package” with increased confidence.

Course dates

24 October 201709:30-12:3011th Floor, McKenzie House
23 February 201809:30-12:3011th Floor, McKenzie House
14 May 201809:30-12:3011th Floor, McKenzie House

Introduction to planning an Academic Career is a half day interactive workshop intended to assist research staff with their academic career planning.


  • current members of Academic Staff on Research only contracts
  • interested in reviewing and updating their plans to develop their academic career in the UK.

It is recommended that following this workshop research staff also attend the relevant Academic careers events where interaction with role models is part of the event.


This brief workshop aims to introduce new members of research staff, those within their first few years of a research career, to the essentials of planning a career as an academic in the UK Higher Education sector. It will explore an understanding of the academic sector and the place of research therein and examine the main skills, experience and knowledge required for a range of roles. It will then examine the use of the Researcher Development Framework RDF and explore assistance with your own personal plan. It also looks in detail at the requirements for a first lecturing job. This workshop aims to increase awareness of relevant factors in HE academic careers and provides a helpful start to career planning.

Learning outcomes

  • understand the context and culture of academic work
  • articulate their own reasons for pursuit of an academic career and their own concept of career success
  • specify the skills, experience, knowledge, attributes and qualities required for the main range of academic roles available
  • specify the requirements for a first lecturing job
  • review their own personal level of skills, experience and knowledge in context of Vitae RDF (Researcher Development Framework)
  • develop their own effective career action plan with reference to the Agcas Researcher to lecturer model.
  • confidently select and access sources of assistance.

Course dates

9 January 201809:30-13:3011th Floor, McKenzie House
16 May 201813:30-16:3011th Floor, McKenzie House

This half day workshop is intended to assist staff with their job interview preparation and performance.


  • current members of Academic staff on Research Only contracts
  • interested in developing their job interview skills.


The interview is one of the most popular recruitment selection methods across a wide range of employment areas and all levels of seniority. This workshop will examine the essentials of preparation and performance to maximise your chances of success at your future interviews. The employer perspective will be examined to increase your understanding of the process and how it fits with other elements of selection. It will include some brief role play in a safe environment. This workshop aims to give an increased confidence in planning how to deal with interview situations.

Learning outcomes

  • appreciate the nature, purpose and variety of formats of the interview in the job selection process
  • understand the employer point of view
  • prepare for the interview
  • effectively present your skills, knowledge and experience in an interview situation
  • tackle those awkward questions
  • appreciate the use of feedback.

It is recommended that you take both the 'CVs and Job Applications' and 'Job Interviews' workshops as a package as these two workshops concentrate on presenting yourself in the employment market.

Course dates

24 October 201713:30-16:3011th Floor, McKenzie House
23 February 201813:30-16:3011th Floor, McKenzie House
14 May 201813:30-16:3011th Floor, McKenzie House

This half-day workshop will highlight the key areas you need to think about when applying for research positions and lectureships, including putting together your application and preparing for interview. A senior academic and an advisor from Human Resources will provide the ‘insider view’ on:

  • how jobs are created
  • the recruitment process
  • the review of applications and shortlisting of candidates
  • the usual format of academic interviews
  • what happens once the interview has taken place.

The workshop will offer suggestions on how to:

  • compose an appropriate letter of application
  • fine tune your CV to match the job
  • prepare yourself for the interview event
  • respond appropriately at the interview.

Course dates

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This workshop will introduce participants to the range of company and industry research tools available at Cardiff.


This course should prove to be of particular interest to:

  • Research staff interested in researching company and industries to find useful background information for job applications and interviews


This workshop will provide participants with a hands-on opportunity to familiarise themselves with the range of company and industry tools available at Cardiff University and use these tools to research a company or industry of their choice.

Participants will encounter a wide range of company, market research and press databases which they will utilise to create an outline company or industry profile based upon that research. This workshop will be of benefit to those preparing for interviews or investigating a particular industry in which they may want to work.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this course, it is expected that learners will be able to:

  • Identify the appropriate tool for their research
  • Find background information on a company
  • Search for companies and industry information by geographic area
  • Find industry related information using market research reports
  • Identify relevant trade press sources and find company and industry information using those trade press sources

Course dates

23 November 201710:00-12:00Training Room 1, Julian Hodge Building
27 April 201814:00-16:00Training Room 1, Julian Hodge Building

Personal development

How can it be that so many clever, competent and capable people can feel that they are just one step away from being exposed as a complete fraud? Come along and hear what the latest psychological research has to tell us about ‘The Imposter Syndrome’ and, more importantly, some strategies for dealing with it.

The session will explain why high performing people often doubt their abilities and find it hard to enjoy their successes. It will also show the links to perfectionism and self-handicapping strategies such as procrastination, avoidance and over-commitment.

At the end of this session you will:

  • know what the latest psychological research tells us about the imposter syndrome and how it operates
  • realise how widespread imposter feelings are and why highly successful people can feel like frauds
  • be aware of evidence-based strategies that reduce imposter feelings.

Please note that this workshop expands upon a subject covered briefly in ‘Seven Secrets of Successful Researchers’.

Course dates

31 January 201810:00-11:30Lecture Theatre, Hadyn Ellis Building

This workshop starts by exploring the bigger questions of context, purpose and meaning, and then gets into the nitty gritty of academic life: dealing with conflicting priorities, carving out time to make real progress on substantial tasks, realistic approaches to planning, dealing with interruptions... and staying sane and healthy throughout. Participative, anecdotal and engaging, it regularly receives excellent feedback, both in the short and the longer term.


This workshop is suitable for academic staff who:

  • want to review their time management practice
  • struggle to reconcile conflicting priorities
  • find it hard to find time to make real progress on substantial tasks
  • are swamped by a multitude of demands from others
  • need to develop practical solutions to complex time challenges
  • want to achieve a better balance between work and life beyond work.


The workshop will cover:

  • the fundamentals of time management
  • staying fit for life
  • the time management matrix
  • the truth about planning
  • planning to achieve
  • planning to survive
  • reflexivity and weekly planning
  • real problems and real solutions action planning.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the workshop, participants will be be able to:

  • describe their overall purpose at work and the multiple roles necessary to accomplish that
  • implement a strategy designed to keep them fit for work and resilient to pressures
  • distinguish between urgency and importance and plan their time accordingly
  • structure their working week to ensure that both long term and short term priorities, and routine 'maintenance' tasks are addressed
  • identify, and generate solutions to, particular time management issues they face
  • implement and review a robust action plan to improve their time management practice.

Course dates

9 November 201709:15-16:30Room 0.32, John Percival Building
8 February 201809:15-16:30T23, Aberconway Building
20 June 201809:15-16:3011th Floor, McKenzie House