GETTING THE MOST OUT OF YOUR DEVELOPMENT
With so many development options available, it can often be challenging to know which can help you the most, which can have the greatest impact, and which can best help to progress your research career.
This section aims to support you with that through reflective considerations and links that will help identify what development you would benefit from and which options best meet those needs.
Career progression and development is something personal and unique to each of us and yet so often we let the activities on offer determine what we do. Instead, it’s important we focus on what we need for us personally and look at options after this. The reflective questions can help you consider this with snippets of conversations with UCLan staff as inspiration.
1. Understand what it all means to you
I used to see development needs as remedial and because there’s a problem…
then I realised that mindset was the problem and by seeing development as an opportunity, I feel the benefit.
- What does development mean to me?
- What are my strengths?
- What is needed for my future ambitions?
- What knowledge gaps do I have?
- Which skills could I improve?
2. Own your career
Career progression for me isn’t just about promotion to more senior levels…
it’s about extending and getting the most out of the role I am in.
- What’s important to me about my career?
- What roles do I aspire to?
- What would motivate and inspire me in my current and future roles?
- What steps and positive action can I take to progressing my career?
- How recruitment ready am I should an opportunity come up?
3. Be creative
I always found workshops didn’t work for me…
then I discovered the development activities that did!
- Who do I know that models the skills/behaviours/attitude I want to develop and practice?
- What do I want to achieve as a result of any activity?
- What are the different learning and development options available to me?
- Who can support my development?
- What haven’t I had exposure to or experienced but would like to benefit from?
4. Make it happen
I used to blame my manager for the lack of personal development…
but always knew I didn’t do anything about it either
- How do I prepare for learning and development activities to get the best out of them?
- How pro-active am I in identifying and seeking out opportunities?
- How committed am I in putting opportunities into action?
- What are my obstacles and how can I overcome them?
- How do I raise concerns of lack of opportunity?
5. Develop, learn and practice
The hardest thing about the development was having to put it into practice afterwards!
- How can I consciously practice and implement learning?
- How can I recognise progress and improvement?
- How dedicated and committed am I to my development?
- How can I ask others for their observations of progress?