Domain B: Personal effectiveness

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

Career management

This blended programme will be based on an award-winning online MOOC, created by expert researcher careers advisers from the Universities of Edinburgh, Glasgow and Sheffield.

You’ll learn alongside Cardiff early career researchers from across disciplines. You will work through parts of the first online module in the Doctoral Academy computer suite, to familiarise you with the platform and complete a series of self-assessment tasks, with guidance from careers advisers.

The final session, also led by experienced careers and researcher development staff, will be a practical workshop to help you prepare for applications and interviews. This will include a review of your CV. You’ll complete two online modules between the face to face sessions, at your own time and pace.

By the end of the programme you will:

  • recognise the significant individual influences in your personal career decisions
  • have explored career options outside academic research
  • understand progression in an academic career and what this could mean for you
  • receive personal support in building your CV, application and interview skills.

You may come away with a clearer vision of your future career journey or simply help with the areas you need to concentrate on right now.

Audience

Suitable for early career researchers.

Course dates

This is a multi-part workshop comprising of two parts.

DateTimeVenue
Part 1 - 5 February 201913:00-16:00IT Room, 5th Floor, Friary House
Part 2 - 21 February 201910:00-13:00Seminar Room B, 5th Floor, Friary House

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

Audience

This course should prove to be of particular interest to:

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

Content

Session one concentrates on refreshing a vision of where researchers are in their career journey 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 2 sessions – 2 weeks apart with a small amount of self-study between sessions.

Learning outcomes

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

  • understand the nature of career decision making and personal definitions of career success
  • 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
  • create or update an action plan
  • confidently access a range of suitable career support services and resources.

Course dates

Session 1

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6 November 2018

13 November 2018

09:30-12:3011th Floor, McKenzie House

Session 2

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9 April 2019

16 April 2019

09:30-12:3011th 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

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College of Biomedical and Life Sciences

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College of Physical Sciences and Engineering

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CVs & Job Applications for Researchers 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.

Audience

This course should prove to be of particular interest to:

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

Content

This workshop analyses the job application essentials including CVs, on line application forms, personal statements and how they can be combined, to make effective job applications. Bring drafts of your current CV to test out in a friendly environment, gather ideas for development and tips to keep it fresh.

We will look at both Academic and wider option job formats.

Bring 2 drafts of your CV.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this session, you should be better able to:

  • appreciate the nature and purpose of a CV in the employment marketplace
  • develop your own CV format and style
  • present your relevant skills, knowledge and experience for the jobs you choose
  • draw together a complete job application “package” with increased confidence for academic and wider option jobs.

Course dates

DateTimeVenue
30 October 201809:30-12:3011th Floor, McKenzie House
15 February 201909:30-12:3011th Floor, McKenzie House
13 May 201909:30-12:30Room 0.22 Cochrane Building

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

Audience

This course should prove to be of particular interest to:

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

Content

This 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, the roles available and examine the main skills, experience and knowledge required. It will use the Vitae Researcher Development Framework (RDF) to help progress with your own personal plan.

Learning outcomes

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

  • 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
  • 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.

Course dates

DateTimeVenue
9 January 201909:30-12:3011th Floor, McKenzie House
14 June 201909:30-12:3011th Floor, McKenzie House

Job interviews is a half day workshop intended to assist research staff with their Job interview preparation and performance.

Audience

This course should prove to be of particular interest to:

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

Content

This workshop will examine the essentials of preparation and performance for job interviews. It will include some interview practise in a safe environment and explore the recruiter perspective. This workshop aims to give increased confidence in planning how to deal with interview situations.

We will look at both Academic and wider option job interviews. You are welcome to bring specific questions on jpob interviews or scenarios for review in the workshop.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this session, you should be better able to:

  • appreciate the nature, purpose and variety of formats of the interview in the job selection process
  • prepare for the interview and a range of question types
  • perform on the day
  • tackle those awkward questions
  • understand the use of feedback.

Course dates

DateTimeVenue
30 October 201813:30-16:3011th Floor, McKenzie House
15 February 201913:30-16:3011th Floor, McKenzie House
13 May 201913:30-16:30Room 0.22, Cochrane Building

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.

Audience

This course should prove to be of particular interest to:

  • research staff interested in researching companies and industries to find useful background information for job applications and interviews.

Content

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

DateTimeVenue
29 November 201810:00-12:00Training Room 1, Julian Hodge Building
10 April 201914:00-16:00IT Room, 5th Floor, Friary House

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

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15 January 201910:30-12:00Seminar Room A/B, 5th Floor, Friary House

Research work can be challenging with its requirements for high standards, strict deadlines, uncertain funding landscape and competition.

If this sounds familiar then please come along to our Stress and Resilience for Researchers course. This course has been tailored to the specific needs and issues that come with a Researcher’s role.

Thinking about the research career pathway, this is an opportunity to reflect on your wellbeing and the way you respond to the challenges of working in the University and maintaining a life outside.

Take back control as we explore what stress is and how it affects you. You'll also learn about the biological process that kicks in when we are stressed and the signs and symptoms of stress.

As everyone’s experiences will differ, the aim is to help you think about your personal relationship with stress, what your personal stressors are and how you are personally affected.

Throughout the session we will cover evidence based coping strategies such as the Five Ways to Wellbeing and CBT techniques that have been proven to be effective in reducing stress and building resilience.

This is an experiential session, combining lecture-style presentation, exercises and discussion. You will go away with a personal stress management action plan and a toolkit of resilience. This will help to develop your strengths, strategies, resources and insights, to boost your resilience so you feel more confident about responding to the obstacles and challenges that come with the pressures of a Researcher's role.

This training will be of interest to anyone concerned about their wellbeing or who may be struggling with:

  • feelings of being under pressure
  • change and uncertainty
  • juggling conflicting demands
  • work/life balance
  • symptoms of stress and anxiety.

Course dates

DateTimeVenue
21 January 201913:00-16:0011th Floor, McKenzie House
4 April 20199:30-12:3011th Floor, McKenzie House
12 June 201913:00-16:0011th Floor, McKenzie House

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.

Audience

This course should prove to be of particular interest to those 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

Content

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

On completion of this course, it is expected that learners will 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

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12 February 201909:15-16:3011th Floor, McKenzie House
1 May 201909:15-16:3011th Floor, McKenzie House
12 July 201909:15-16:3011th Floor, McKenzie House