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Personal Development Planning


Personal Development Planning (PDP) is a reflective process, encouraging students to think about the skills they have gathered during their studies and how they can apply them in their future careers. It also allows them to think about what skills they might need to be successful and how they can acquire them.

The Sheffield Graduate Development Programme is TUOS’ local approach to personal development planning. Using the Sheffield Graduate skills and knowledge set as the overall goal, the programme aims to help students recognise their strengths and weaknesses; set goals in relation to their studies, additional activities and their aspirations for employment and further study; and identify opportunities to help them meet their goals.

Sheffield Graduate Award

The Sheffield Graduate Award enables students to obtain recognition for non-credit bearing activities which help them gain the Sheffield Graduate attributes in tandem with their studies.

Careers Service

The Careers Service provides not only information on jobs for students but offers Skills Development Sessions to provide students with the opportunity to learn about and practise some of the key skills employers look for in graduates. The Skills for Work Certificate is also offered by Careers Service.

Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR)

As of September 2012, the University will be offering a new kind of degree transcript to recognise the wide range of curricular and extra-curricular learning experiences that students gain during their time at Sheffield. The Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR) will be issued alongside the student’s degree certificate to enhance employability, by officially recognising a broad set of university achievements, including extra-curricular activities and awards.

Students will have the opportunity to view their HEAR as it grows during their time at Sheffield and are encouraged to refer to their HEAR in meetings with their Personal and Academic Support tutor to help articulate the skills they are gaining, and reflect on how the can build on these to achieve future goals.



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See also:

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