Make your e Portfolio PDP work for you

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Make your e. Portfolio (PDP) work for you! Rachael Roberts Careers Adviser Simon Cotterill

Make your e. Portfolio (PDP) work for you! Rachael Roberts Careers Adviser Simon Cotterill Senior Research Associate Careers Service, 2 nd Floor, Armstrong Building, Newcastle University, NE 1 7 RU, +44 (0)191 2227748, www. careers. ncl. ac. uk

In this session we will… § Discuss the e. Portfolio, PDPs, the skills audit,

In this session we will… § Discuss the e. Portfolio, PDPs, the skills audit, and reflective learning § Provide the opportunity to practice your selfassessment and recording skills § Highlight some of the opportunities for skills development § Give lots of opportunity to ask questions www. careers. ncl. ac. uk

Is a research qualification enough? The Review believes that measures should be put in

Is a research qualification enough? The Review believes that measures should be put in place to help nurture a diverse range of Ph. D programmes to train students in research methods and technical skills, and help them acquire the advanced knowledge and transferable skills they will need in their future careers. Roberts SET for Success Review, 2002 www. careers. ncl. ac. uk

Recording progress ‘‘Institutions will provide opportunities for research students to maintain a record of

Recording progress ‘‘Institutions will provide opportunities for research students to maintain a record of personal progress, which may include reference to the development of research and other skills” QAA Code of Practice for Research Degree Programmes www. careers. ncl. ac. uk

Research Training Portfolio – § Research programme § Research proposal § Research plan §

Research Training Portfolio – § Research programme § Research proposal § Research plan § Annual assessments § Personal Development Plan (PDP) § Personal Development Record (PDR) http: //www. careers. ncl. ac. uk

What is the portfolio? § Record of skills development § Tool to help you

What is the portfolio? § Record of skills development § Tool to help you get the most from your research § Method for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) § Your responsibility www. careers. ncl. ac. uk

Why use the portfolio? § Benefits now § enable you to have some control

Why use the portfolio? § Benefits now § enable you to have some control over your development § ensure that you get the most out of your research experience and complete your Ph. D § provide documented evidence of commitment and competence § develop a professional reputation for the future § give you a competitive edge www. careers. ncl. ac. uk

Why use the portfolio? § Benefits in the future § anticipating change and not

Why use the portfolio? § Benefits in the future § anticipating change and not being driven by it § maintain a reputation as a professional § demonstrate your commitment to maintaining and developing competence § improves long term career prospects § provide support for appraisals and pay negotiations www. careers. ncl. ac. uk

Employer Perspective § “Ph. D researchers can be perceived as lacking in skills. There

Employer Perspective § “Ph. D researchers can be perceived as lacking in skills. There is an assumption on the part of employers that Ph. Ds do not have generic employment skills and that their three years of academic experience has not helped them to develop key competences. ” Survey of employer attitudes to postgraduate researchers, University of Sheffield 2006 www. careers. ncl. ac. uk

Employer Perspective § “Both Ph. D and CRS have found it difficult to analyse,

Employer Perspective § “Both Ph. D and CRS have found it difficult to analyse, identify and provide evidence of not only research skills but also project management, team working, etc” www. careers. ncl. ac. uk

Research Training Portfolio - Online https: //pf-postgrad. ncl. ac. uk Careers Service, 2 nd

Research Training Portfolio - Online https: //pf-postgrad. ncl. ac. uk Careers Service, 2 nd Floor, Armstrong Building, Newcastle University, NE 1 7 RU, +44 (0)191 2227748, www. careers. ncl. ac. uk

About the e. Portfolio: §Designed around Roberts Review & Joint Skills statement § Supports

About the e. Portfolio: §Designed around Roberts Review & Joint Skills statement § Supports Annual Progression Recording Achievements Awareness of transferable and specialist skills Portfolios Actively developing your skills Express your skills and relate them to potential employers www. careers. ncl. ac. uk

Portfolios: why do it online ? § § Secure access from a range of

Portfolios: why do it online ? § § Secure access from a range of locations Sharable / facilitate interaction Transportable (take the data with you when you leave) Multi-purpose eg. formative & summative = reduced duplication § § § Highly customisable Multiple structures / views Easier cross-referencing Reduced admin Not left on the bus ! www. careers. ncl. ac. uk

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Linked with Training Programme www. careers. ncl. ac. uk

Linked with Training Programme www. careers. ncl. ac. uk

Workshop Tasks § If you didn’t already do so register for this workshop on

Workshop Tasks § If you didn’t already do so register for this workshop on the training programme pages: http: //faculty-tools. ncl. ac. uk/training § Log on to the portfolio: pf-postgrad. ncl. ac. uk § Spend some time exploring each section § Questions / Issues ? www. careers. ncl. ac. uk

Skills Training Requirements A) B) C) D) E) F) G) Research skills and techniques

Skills Training Requirements A) B) C) D) E) F) G) Research skills and techniques Research environment Research management Personal effectiveness Communication skills Networking and teamworking Career management www. careers. ncl. ac. uk

Levels of Competence § Unaware You know nothing about this skill § Aware You

Levels of Competence § Unaware You know nothing about this skill § Aware You are learning formally and informally about the skill. § Informed You are ready to look for suitable opportunities to practise this skill § Capable You are now using the new skill routinely, and aiming to improve by other methods. § Recognised External recognition of your competence www. careers. ncl. ac. uk

Evidence can be drawn from… § § § § Research & Development Programme Publications

Evidence can be drawn from… § § § § Research & Development Programme Publications – research articles Conferences – posters, presentations Committees and societies Academic awards & funding success Work/commercial experience Interests Professional courses (UK Grad, sponsors) www. careers. ncl. ac. uk

Self-assessment skills audit https: //pf-postgrad. ncl. ac. uk/eportfolio - Self Assessment/PDP Have a look

Self-assessment skills audit https: //pf-postgrad. ncl. ac. uk/eportfolio - Self Assessment/PDP Have a look at section F - Networking and Team-working § Working with others § Understanding teams § Giving and receiving feedback Assess your current skill level and record what you might do to develop further. If you have scored ‘recognised’ for each skill, you should list evidence of what you do/have done to achieve this level of competence. www. careers. ncl. ac. uk

Who can help? § § § Supervisor(s) and tutors (Graduate School) Careers Advisers and

Who can help? § § § Supervisor(s) and tutors (Graduate School) Careers Advisers and information staff Professional bodies and networks Graduate Connections Employers/Sponsor Your own network - other students www. careers. ncl. ac. uk

PDP Cycle During your research, it is important to. . § Identify gaps in

PDP Cycle During your research, it is important to. . § Identify gaps in skills and knowledge § Identify opportunities to develop experience § Set goals and targets and get involved § Record what you did, how you did it, skills and knowledge used and the final result § Review progress regularly and use progress meetings to cover professional development www. careers. ncl. ac. uk

Resources § § § Researchers’ Handbook Professional bodies Research Councils Careers Service www. careers.

Resources § § § Researchers’ Handbook Professional bodies Research Councils Careers Service www. careers. ncl. ac. uk Prospects www. prospects. ac. uk UK Grad www. grad. ac. uk www. careers. ncl. ac. uk

Careers Service 2 nd Floor, Armstrong Building No appointment required – just call in!

Careers Service 2 nd Floor, Armstrong Building No appointment required – just call in! Advice & Guidance available Monday to Friday 11 am – 4. 30 pm Open from 10 am term-time and vacation www. careers. ncl. ac. uk