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Career design

Length: 2 x 2.5 h (5 h total), attendance to both sessions is mandatory

When: 22nd and 29th November 2019 (1:30 pm to 4 pm)

Where: Lanyon Building Lecture Theatre 0G/074

Open to: all Queen's postdocs (research fellows, senior research fellows, fellowship holders). While priority will be given to postdocs, other staff are also welcome if places are available.

Places: 18

Cost: Free; but represents a significant investment from the PDC and attendance to the 2 sessions is compulsory once registered


In a world that is changing fast, we are required to be increasingly resilient and adaptable. Taking a design approach to our career can help us do this. In this collaborative workshop, we provide you with a practical approach to being proactive with your career and where it is going. We introduce you to tools that can help you explore and reflect on your career and where you REALLY want to go with it. We discuss how you can apply innovation models and the scientific method to your career journey, and we help you take the first steps in designing a career and life that truly works for you.

Programme Objectives:

After attending the workshops we expect that attendees will:
  • have gained insights on themselves, identified values that are important to them, and have a refreshed sense of direction & purpose
  • be able to articulate things they would hope to achieve in their future 
  • be able to look at their needs and wants, and identify what is actually important to them
  • have identified actions they can take now, that will help them to get more from their life and their postdoctoral journey
  • be able to explain how fear can stop them from taking the steps they want, and how to overcome this
  • have a selection of tools & techniques that they can continue to use beyond this workshop
  • have designed a plan to tackle a personal career problem/question

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Lucy Mc Kenna is a Learning specialist, facilitator and personal development expert. She works with innovative & growing organisations, helping them create positive work environments, build resilience and thrive in a time of constant change. Lucy has developed her skills over the last 15 years working in organisations such as Google, Eircom and Aer Lingus. She now runs her own learning & development consultancy, Full Aeon Ltd, which has the overarching goal to create happier people, teams and societies. She has a MA in Interactive Media Design, a degree in Business Studies and is a certified coach. If you want to get Lucy engaged in an animated discussion, get her talking about the future, and the opportunities it holds for us to become truly human beings as opposed to human doings!


Dr Alice Dubois, Head of the Postdoctoral Development Centre, will also be present and help you identify resources to develop your career.

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