Careers and Employability Service
Postgraduate researchers

Online career development courses

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We have developed a number of online career development resources for you to engage with throughout your time as a researcher. 

Whatever stage of your career you are at – just starting out or ready to transition to your first post-doc – spending some time on your personal development will enable you to make the most of your career opportunities.

You can use these resources at a time most suitable for you as well as having the option to dip in and out depending on your research and/or life commitments.

Personal development for career success

In this Moodle module, there are four topics covered to enhance your personal development and support career decision-making. Move through the resources at your own pace with complete flexibility.

The four topics covered are:


Your strengths set you apart from your peers and will influence your future career direction.

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)

MBTI can be used for a wide variety of purposes including self-understanding and development, career development and exploration, team building, management and leadership training.

Imposter phenomenon 

This is a common psychological phenomenon of intense feelings of self-doubt to the extent that people feel like an imposter, either in their personal or professional lives.

Career wellbeing

Thinking about your career, applying for jobs, and being at work can be exciting and rewarding, but sometimes these activities can also present challenges and maybe a source of stress or anxiety. 


Thinking Ahead - Exploring Career Options

Are you unsure about life after your PhD?

Complete our flexible online course, Thinking Ahead - Exploring Career Options, to inform and prepare you for your future career. You will have the opportunity to focus on yourself and critically reflect on your career options and decision-making style. 

Course modules

  • Module 1: Thinking about Yourself
  • Module 2: Thinking About Your Options
  • Module 3: Making Decisions

At the end of the course, you will develop your own action plan to continue your journey. We recommend that you bring your action plan to careers appointments.



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