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Careers and Employability Module (5 ECTS) - for credit

Welcome to Trinity Careers Service's accredited modules for PhD students, offering you practical supports and guidance for career planning and personal development. This module includes a Skills Audit Tool, workshops in two streams (Careers and Skills), a range of engaging in-person and online sessions. Whether you are aspiring to a career in academia or industry, this module is designed to help you with your next steps. By the end of these modules, you'll have honed critical reflection skills in the context of your career, developed your career path, and built connections with your PhD peers across multiple disciplines,

If you’re interested in the Careers and Employability module, you have two options: you can either take the full 5 ECTS credit module, which includes assignments and assessments, or you can choose to audit the course without completing any assignments. Auditing means attending the classes and workshops to learn without the submitting assignments for grading.

The information on this page is for the 5ECTS module. If you are interested in auditing the module instead please see this page. You can indicate your preferred mode on the application form.

Why is this module important?

Listen to this podcast with Orla Bannon, Director of Careers, in conversation with Prossie Nambatya, PhD student, School of Law and Dale Whelehan, PhD student, School of Medicine (33:40 mins)

Module Description

The module comprises a Skills Audit Tool with a Guide to completing the Skills Audit and Reflective pdf to help you make the most of the reflection, and a suite of workshops in two streams - Careers and Skills. Students will undertake a mix of face-to-face and recorded online sessions on the following topics:

Careers Stream

  1. Designing your Career (face-to-face)
  2. Navigating the Emotions of Planning and Managing your Career (recorded online)

Watch Fiona Hayes, Careers Consultant, introduce the Careers stream (1.14 mins)

Skills Stream
  1. Mapping Skills onto Career Options (face-to-face)
  2. The Art and Craft of a great CV and Writing an Effective Cover Letter (recorded online)
  3. Networking with Confidence (face-to-face)
  4. Presenting your Best Self at Interview (recorded online)
  5. Intercultural Competence and the Global Workplace (recorded online)

Watch Fiona Hayes, Careers Consultant, introduce the Skills stream (1.41 mins)

Interested in applying?

Applications for this module, starting in January 2024 are open from Tuesday 14th November 2023.

If you have any questions about the application process, you can send an email to and we will reply as soon as possible.

Supporting Documents

Information for the 2024 Careers and Employability Module (5 ECTS):

If you have any questions about this module after reading the above material, you can send an email to and we will reply as soon as possible.