- University of Liverpool
- North West
- Date first submitted:
- 18 Nov 2009
- Date last modified:
- 11 Nov 2010
- Personal effectiveness
- Research project skills
- Career development
- The programme encourages participants making up their portfolio through a diverse range of resources so any of the above may apply.
- Postgraduate researchers
Rationale, aims and outcomes
What is the rationale for doing this?
How does it fit with institutional strategy?
What are the main features of the provision?
What are the aims and expected outcomes?
PGRs had asked for a flexible means of completing their career skills which involved greater supervisor involvement.
· To give research students in their final years an introduction to the tools, behaviours, materials and knowledge they require preparing for employment in a wide range of occupations.
· To deliver career management skill requirements and materials in a flexible and self directed manner so that participants can create their own opportunities for learning but within a structured format.
· To involve and support supervisors in assisting research students with their transfer to paid employment.
· Awareness of career preferences and core skills
· Setting realistic and achievable career goals
· Demonstrate an insight into the transferable nature of research skills to other work environments and to a range of career opportunities within and outside academia.
· Present one’s skills, personal attributes and experiences through effective CVs, applications and interviews.
Are there any pre-requisites for engagement, e.g. levels of skill, years of experience, essential pre-activities?
How many participate in each 'activity'?
For all second or third year PGRs.
Evaluation: benefits, challenges and next steps
How do you monitor effectiveness?
Who do you seek feedback from?
Do you have benchmarks?
Relatively easy to deliver and maintain. PGRs value the flexibility for those with busy schedules and also valued by supervisors. Online delivery requires fairly constant maintenance. The course runs four times a year each time for a cohort of 40.
Getting the supervisors to engage with the process and getting the PGRs to get the supervisors to email the Skills team upon completion of the portfolio so that their student records can be updated.
Online support and an online version for PGRs abroad or geographically distant from the institution.