As a CIMA student, as part of your research project module assessment, you will spend time developing a suite of complementary research and career skills that you will collate and present as part of an e-portfolio that you can take away and show to potential employers. This will count for 20% of the research project module, but more importantly you will be able to show to employers that you have:
- the maturity to evaluate your own skills
- the ability to tailor your own development strategies
- the ability to appropriately record, collate and reflect on your development activities so that these are fully integrated into your own experience
These skills are absolutely essential in all professional roles and will set you apart as a highly employable and career focused individual. Our aim is to train students who work effectively in multidisciplinary teams, are career minded and who put effort into developing their skills.
Our Skills Development Programme
Here is an outline of how our skills development programme works:
Step 1 - You initially perform a specially developed self evaluation exercise called the Training Needs Analysis. You will rate your own abilities against a series of skills to identify areas where you need to do some training. Our skills criteria is based on the Researcher Development Framework which is a set of attributes that all good researchers should have according to funders and employers.
Step 2 - The Training Needs Analysis helps you to identify gaps in your skills that you want to overcome. Your plans to overcome these gaps form your very own unique Personal Development Plan which is a practical 'plan of action' of activities that you can choose and tailor to suit your individual needs.
Click here to see examples of activities on offer at the University of Sheffield that you can choose to include in your personal development plan!
Step 3 - You embark on your chosen development activities, recording and reflecting on them in your very own e-portfolio. However, it is important to remember that development activities can occur anywhere (not just formally organised workshops or courses) and we will encourage to spot opportunities to gain skills all around you, for example:
- External research seminars
- Journal club participation
- Becoming a student representative
- Attending conferences or meeting CIMA colleagues on your exchange visits
- Editing a student newsletter
Step 4 - Perform the Training Needs Analysis again to see if there are any changes in your ratings or other gaps to close before you finish.
Step 5 - Submit your Training Needs Analyses and e-portfolio where they contribute to 20% of your 120 credit Research Project module.
Our links with industry
During your MRes you will also have the opportunity to have access to an industrial mentor if this suits your project and career ambitions. We have strong links with industry and our current CIMA PhD students have had placements with GSK, Astra-Zeneca, Premaitha, Ceramysis and Motek Medical.