Imperial technicians can attend free regional networking events organised periodically by Higher Education and Technician Educational Development (HEaTED). HEaTED also offer a range of courses and, as corporate members, Imperial staff are eligible for lower, membership rates, which should be paid by your department.
Coaching is a 1-1 process that helps individuals think through their options concerning various situations they may face in the workplace. It is confidential and voluntary, involving up to 4 meetings over 4-6 months, organised independently through the Imperial Coaching Academy.
A coach and coachee will come from different parts of the College and have no prior knowledge of each other. The coach will help the coachee address specific work-related challenges around people or projects or issues relating to career development;
Mentoring, like coaching, is a development activity available to all staff. Both are supportive and non-judgmental and rely on a set of similar interpersonal skills. However, a mentor is likely to have a similar technical background and degree of expertise specifically in the area in which the mentee wishes to develop and is more of a role model who offers a greater degree of advice. The relationship between a mentor and a mentee may last up to a year, or maybe longer; during the meetings, the focus is on the whole person, particularly in relation to career progression and enhancement.
Internal Work Shadowing
Internal Work Shadowing is an excellent opportunity to develop your existing skills, learn better practice, share ideas, discover how you can progress in your career and connect with the wider Imperial community. Work shadowing is beneficial to both the host and the ‘shadower’.
More information on work shadowing is available on our web pages. Technical staff from any area can also book a 1-1 career development discussion with Ailish Harikae to get advice about setting up a shadowing arrangement.
Apprenticeship funding has opened up a new route to developing College staff, whatever stage they are at in their careers. Apprenticeship programmes are available across a range of occupations and at various levels, right through to Masters, allowing Imperial technical staff to gain new skills and qualifications on the job.
RSC Approved Training
The Royal Society of Chemistry has an approved training course database. All the courses have been peer-reviewed against a set of criteria to ensure they can support the professional development of those attending.
As Imperial is an RSC-accredited organisation, you will receive at least a 10% discount on booking approved courses. The database includes courses in the classroom, lab, or online, and there's something for every stage of your professional development. Search by subject area, location, duration, event type, and skill level to find the course that's right for you.