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Realising your potential using the RDF - PG futures salford Jun11

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Realising your potential using the RDF - PG futures salford Jun11

  1. 1. Realising your potential using the Researcher Development Framework Dr Emma Gillaspy, Vitae NW Hub Manager
  2. 2. Objectives <ul><li>An introduction to the RDF and how it can be used to: </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare for developmental meetings </li></ul><ul><li>Identify your strengths and areas to focus development on </li></ul><ul><li>Prioritise development opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Consider how your skills and experiences enhance your prospects </li></ul>
  3. 3. Are you engaged in PDP? PDP is… “ A structured and supported process undertaken by an individual to reflect upon their own learning, performance and/or achievement and to plan for their personal, educational and career development.”
  4. 4. PDP cycle
  5. 5. Why bother with PDP? <ul><li>Understanding how you ‘tick’: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Strengths </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Weaknesses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Directions for change </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Learning style </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Responsibility for your own development </li></ul><ul><li>Articulate your skills and knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Focus, motivation, confidence </li></ul><ul><li>Make more informed choices </li></ul>www.vitae.ac.uk/careers www.palgrave.com/skills4study/pdp
  6. 6. What is the RDF? <ul><li>RDF is an operational framework for planning, promoting and supporting the personal, professional and career development of researchers </li></ul><ul><li>How was it created? </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Core of the framework consists of data drawn from over 100 interviews </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Phenomenographic method* – identified over 1,000 characteristics and their variants </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Input from experts, specialists and stakeholders </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Clustered into the 4 main areas or Domains </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>* See http://www.vitae.ac.uk/policy-practice/167281/Background-documents.html for further details on method. </li></ul>
  7. 7. www.vitae.ac.uk/rdf
  8. 8. A2 - Cognitive abilities
  9. 9. B3 - Professional and career development
  10. 10. C1 - Professional conduct
  11. 11. D3 - Engagement and impact
  12. 12. Using the RDF <ul><li>What do you NEED to have a successful career within/outside academia? </li></ul><ul><li>How can the RDF help? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Personal and professional development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Self-assessment and review </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Job applications </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Thinking about promotions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Transferable skills… </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. www.vitae.ac.uk/rdfplanner Choose a domain for self-assessment Access your report and other resources
  14. 18. I’ve always thought of myself as being quite ambitious, driven and focussed on what I want, but the framework made me realise I can have a much larger visions. It was very good for me to reflect. I realised that nothing is stopping me but myself. The sky is the limit. Think about staging the targets; what can I do smarter, what training do I need to request and what do I need someone else to facilitate so that I can move forward I now have a path that I would like to follow I would see this [RDF] as a barometer...to give me a bit more clarity about what areas I could develop and what might be most important. It’s something I could keep returning to It put career development back into the forefront of my mind as it can often slip back when you’re engaged in what you’re doing day to day. The RDF “…identified areas for me that I needed to hone and really made me think about my career development. I’ve highlighted things now that I know I need to do. What we’ve always tried to do with the postdocs [in Edinburgh] is say 'look this is your career and it’s your responsibility'. Read it carefully and be honest about where you are. You don’t always have to aim for phase 5 - identify shorter term goals that are more achievable. The RDF will encourage me to be more proactive about my career development as it provides me with a framework (list of milestones).
  15. 19. Articulating your evidence <ul><li>Pick a descriptor </li></ul><ul><li>Articulate skills (evidence) </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage better answers </li></ul><ul><li>Critical & constructive feedback </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Understandable? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Confident? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Waffle? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Jargon? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Improvements? </li></ul></ul>Image used: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bujiie/5440377935/
  16. 20. Action planning introduction
  17. 21. Career prospects <ul><li>Job clip exercise </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Browse through a large selection of job adverts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pick the jobs that attract you or stand out </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Look at 1, 2 or 3 grades higher than yours </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Look for common features </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What are the required/desirable characteristics </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Use your networks / trainers / careers advisors </li></ul><ul><li>Arrange job shadowing </li></ul><ul><li>Get a mentor </li></ul><ul><li>Ask your friends / family / colleagues </li></ul><ul><li>www.vitae.ac.uk/wdrd , www.vitae.ac.uk/careerstories </li></ul>
  18. 22. Careers in academia <ul><li>www.vitae.ac.uk/cia11 13 September, Birmingham </li></ul><ul><li>You will: </li></ul><ul><li>meet with current academics from a range of disciplines to hear about their experiences of an academic career and ask the questions you’ve always wanted to, but weren’t sure who to ask </li></ul><ul><li>explore how to market yourself for a career in academia, both within your department, and at interview </li></ul><ul><li>look at how to write effective grant/paper applications </li></ul><ul><li>discover what life is like as a postdoctoral researcher </li></ul><ul><li>work with fellow researchers and share experiences with other participants. </li></ul><ul><li>“ I cannot tell you enough how good this course was. Inspiring but also practical. The enthusiasm of the tutors was infectious!” 2010 participant </li></ul>
  19. 23. Further information <ul><li>RDF: www.vitae.ac.uk/rdf </li></ul><ul><li>RDS: www.vitae.ac.uk/rds </li></ul><ul><li>RDF profiles: www.vitae.ac.uk/rdfprofiles </li></ul><ul><li>RDF Professional Development Planner and screencast: www.vitae.ac.uk/rdfplanner </li></ul><ul><li>Contact: [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Research staff blog: www.vitae.ac.uk/rsblog </li></ul><ul><li>Vitae NW Hub: </li></ul><ul><li>Email: [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter: twitter.com/vitaenwhub </li></ul><ul><li>Blog: vitaenwhub.posterous.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Website: www.vitae.ac.uk/nwhub </li></ul>

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