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Tools to develop your profile

Your professional development

As a research student, you are developing not only a specialised piece of research but also an advanced set of skills – from research methods, to communication, to project planning and professional ethics. How do you work out what training/experience you need? How do you keep track of your own learning and development? And how do you articulate your skills when submitting applications?

  • Self-awareness workshops: we offer Myers Briggs Personality Type (MBTI) and Strengths Profile tools to help increase your self-awareness of your strengths and working preferences (see Making the Most of Your Strengths and Understanding your Personality Type workshops).
  • Career guidance appointments
  • Our professional development planning form introduces you to the range of skills which postgraduate researchers are encouraged to develop, using Warwick’s six key themes model. Using the form, you can reflect on your current range of skills, and identify areas which you wish to develop further. If you would like further support with using the form, and/or planning your professional development, email pgrresearchskills@warwick.ac.uk, or drop in to chat to RSSP staff at the #ResearchRefresh coffee morning, Thursdays 10.30-12.00 during term time, in the Wolfson Research Exchange on Floor 3 of the Library.

Your online identity

Participating in the research community and building up networks is an essential part of your journey as a researcher. Make connections and share ideas with a wide, global audience by developing an effective digital identity.

Remember, employers are increasingly interested in how prospective applicants present themselves online, so make sure your profile is both engaging and professional.

Online networking tools

The digital debate