Professional Progression Professional Development Courses

Ask the Doctor: Your Chance to Chat with a Doctoral Graduate at Work

Tutor: Dr Caroline Hargreaves
Course Level: Level 2
Course Credit: 
1 credit
Maximum Course Capacity: 8

This interactive webinar is designed to give you the opportunity to discuss career thinking and options with a doctoral graduate.

This is a blended course with pre-course activities (~15 minutes). Please prepare your questions so that you can participate fully and gain ideas for good practice and tips to develop your career planning and professional advancement.

You will receive the credit by participating in all pre-course and course activities.

By the end of this webinar and with recommended resources you will be better able to:

  • Consider questions and answers to assist with careers thinking
  • Construct an improved and tailored set of questions to use when networking
  • Practice and apply networking questions
  • Assess and tailor your approaches to networking
  • Evaluate how best to apply information gained for your advancement

Dates

Maintaining your Motivation and Building Independence

Tutor: Dr Caroline Hargreaves
Course Level: Level 3
Course Credit: 1 credit
Maximum Course Capacity: 10

This blended course with pre-and post-course activities assists you to identify your motivators and opportunities for support.  It also looks at opportunities for effective communication and networking allowing for dissemination of and feedback on your work. The workshop ends with some reference to planning and following the workshop you can assess your options of steps to take to maintain and build on motivations and balance independence.

This course includes pre-course activities (~30 minutes) to complete before the live course and to engage with during the course: you will receive the credit by participating in all pre-course and course activities.

On completion of this course and using pre- and post- course materials you will be better able to:

  • Recognise your motivators
  • Practice using some problem solving tools 
  • Identify  theories to build motivation
  • Develop insight regarding building independence
  • Propose possible steps to develop independence

Dates

Please note, Summer term dates will be available to book in due course.

 

Negotiation for Your Doctorate & Beyond

Tutor: Dr Caroline Hargreaves
Course Level: Level 2
Course Credit: 1 credit
Maximum Course Capacity: 10

Negotiation and influencing skills are useful in work or study and are increasingly important and valued. This blended course with pre-and post-course activities provides you with an understanding of and practice in the skills which contribute to constructive negotiations, and the opportunity to evaluate contexts and opportunities to improve these skills.

This course includes pre-course activities (~30 minutes) to complete before the live course and to engage with during the course: you will receive the credit by participating in all pre-course and course activities.

There is a tailored version of this webinar for Postgraduate Representatives who attend SSC meetings. This webinar is also of benefit to you if you missed the tailored provision, you can speak to the tutor to gain the tailored materials.

On completion of this course and using  pre- and post- course materials you will be better able to:

  • Recognise where you can use negotiating and influencing strategies 
  • Identify the stakeholders involved, their motives, objectives and styles of communication
  • Outline seven stages of a negotiation
  • Practice applying negotiation skills to help you prepare
  • Assess contexts and opportunities to improve your negotiation, persuasion and conflict handling skills

Dates

Please note, Summer term dates will be available to book in due course.

Networking for Progressing Your PhD

Tutor: Dr Caroline Hargreaves
Course Level: Level 1
Course Credit: 1 credit
Maximum Course Capacity: 15

This blended course with pre-and post-course activities is designed to equip you with the confidence and the tools to network effectively. It considers good practice and gives tips to develop techniques for effective networking for application in areas including: career planning, professional advancement and forming collaborations.

This course includes pre-course activities (~30 minutes) to complete before the live course and to engage with during the course: you will receive the credit by participating in all pre-course and course activities.

NB: The course was developed with the "nervous networker" in mind, and those with little networking experience have the most to gain from it. More experienced networkers looking to refine their abilities are very welcome, although some material may be familiar.

On completion of this course and using pre- and post- course materials you will be better able to:

  • Identify and discuss your networking needs, good practice and resources.
  • Review a 7 step plan for successful face to face networking.
  • Construct an improved personal introduction to expand your network.
  • Practice and apply techniques learned for successful networking and to build confidence.
  • Evaluate situations and how best to apply networking in areas such as conferences, forming collaborations, professional planning and advancement.

Dates

Please note, Summer term dates will be available to book in due course. 

Thinking About Doing a Postdoc?

Tutor: Dr Caroline Hargreaves
Course Level: Level 3
Course Credit: 1 credit
Maximum Course Capacity: 15

Deciding on what to do next can be difficult. Many doctoral researchers drift into Postdocs without appreciating how to choose the right one for them or pros and cons of doing a Postdoc. This course aims to inspire a more focussed approach, by exploring options, introducing opinions of some Imperial postdocs and presenting example job descriptions, person specifications and application forms to start doctoral researchers on the right track for them.

This course includes pre-course activities (~30 minutes) to complete before the live course and to engage with during the course: you will receive the credit by participating in all pre-course and course activities.

On completion of this course and using  pre- and post- course materials you will be better able to:

  • Evaluate what you are looking for in an ideal postdoc position
  • Assess some pros and cons of doing a postdoc
  • Plan how you will approach postdoc applications
  • Begin to generate relevant material to be tailored for applications
  • Identify resources to assist your decision making process

Dates

  • Wednesday 18 November 2020, 13:00-14:30, Microsoft Teams
  • Wednesday 10 February 2021, 10:30-12:00, Microsoft Teams

Please note, Summer term dates will be available to book in due course.

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Some Graduate School courses include pre-course activities for you to complete. Please check this page to find out how to self-enrol on the course’s Blackboard programme module, which will enable you to complete these activities.