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Personal Development Programme (PDP)

Tailored to the students of each individual department, this programme sets out to develop within the curriculum the set of skills, generic across all disciplines, which support students in their career planning activities into the future. These skills include:

  • Self-appraisal - students develop a profile of their own skills, values and interests
  • Researching opportunities for employment and further study
  • Decision making
  • Goal setting & action planning

The full PDP programme, which is run in collaboration with Disciplines or Schools, includes a combination of seminars, online tools, a workbook (known as the Personal Career Development Record), careers evenings / talks by alumni and in Germanic Studies, mentoring through the GradLink Programme.

The full PDP programme is being delivered collaboratively in the following Schools/Disciplines:

  • Physics
  • Physiology
  • Psychology
  • Pharmacy
  • Business Studies

The following Schools/Disciplines have integrated sections of the PDP programme into their skills development programmes and these are generally delivered by a Careers Adviser:

  • Nursing & Midwifery
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Radiation Therapy

Elements of the programme are also delivered by Careers Advisers in the following disciplines:

  • Classics
  • Germanic Studies
  • Hebrew, Biblical & Theological Studies
  • History of Art
  • Music


Transferable Skills

Resources to help students to develop transferable skills are available at the Transferable Skills Development section of the CAS website which includes material:

  • For academic staff: A guide to integrating skills into the curriculum.
  • For students: Students are guided through the cycle of Plan - Do - Review to develop their skills which includes an Employability audit tool to reflect on their skills and plan for further skills development.


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You've guided me through some fairly scary decisions and situations as I've moved towards finding a career for myself... We're enormously lucky to have you as a Careers Adviser in Trinity and you've had a really positive effect on my life. Many thanks.

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