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Personal and Professional Development


Q. Is there support available for individuals to support them through the Career Pathways process?

Yes, . Please contact Personal and Professional Development (PPD) if you have any queries regarding any aspect of the process. We will be happy to support you by phone, email or in person.

Q. Is Career Pathways part of my Staff Review and Development (Appraisal) with my manager?

The Career Pathways process can be undertaken as part of your annual Staff Review and Development (SRD) meeting with your manager or as a stand-alone activity. If your SRD meeting is not due, we would encourage you to carry out the Career Pathways process as a stand alone activity to assess your skills and attributes and identify your development needs. If your SRD meeting is due, we recommend carrying out the first stage of the Career Pathways process (self and manager to assess skills and attributes) prior to your SRD meeting, then use the meeting to agree your skills/attributes assessment, identify your development needs and complete your development plan with your manager. You can use the Career Pathways profile form and development plan - these are available in the online toolkit.

Q. Is guidance on the Behavioural Attributes Framework available?

Further information is available on the Behavioural Attributes Framework.

Q. Is there any central support (finance/other) available for me to undertake my chosen learning options?

It is possible that PPD may be able to offer some support towards your chosen learning options. You or your manager should contact PPD to discuss this. Additionally time may be available within your work role for learning and development opportunities, including activities such as work shadowing, job swap or secondment opportunities.

Q. If I want to undertake a secondment as one of my chosen learning options will the University provide resources (people, time and money) to enable this to happen?

This will depend on the specifics of your secondment and how it addresses a business need. In the event of there not being funding to backfill your post, it may be possible to allocate people and time to support a secondment. In addition the Secondment Development Initiative is available to individuals who have completed the Career Pathways process or those who have undertaken the Administrators' Development Programme.

Q. Does the Career Pathways process support career progression into a new job family?

This will depend on how closely the new job family allies to your current job family and whether the new job family has been identified as having a skills shortage.

Q. Is Career Pathways available to all staff groups?

The Career Pathways project is focused on non-academic staff groups at the present time, in particular there are tools and documents available for administrators (grades 4 - 11), HR focussed roles (grades 4 - 11), library staff (grades 2 - 8) and mechanical workshop technicians (grades 2 - 8).

Q. Will undertaking the Career Pathways process enable me to be upgraded or receive a contribution increment?

No. Career Pathways is about identifying the professional development that will help you to progress in your career, not about changing or developing your actual role or assessing your contribution.

Q. Can my manager use Career Pathways as a performance management tool?

The Career Pathways project is not intended to be used for performance management. If performance management issues are identified during discussions relating to the Career Pathways process, these should be dealt separately. Career Pathways is a tool to encourage you to focus on development for your current role and for future roles you may aspire to.

Q. Can Career Pathways help me in my current role?

Yes, it will enable you to check your skills and attributes against those required for your role and identify any areas where you could develop your skills further. These can be included in your development plan, enabling you to develop new skills and enhance existing skills. These will also stand you in good stead when you are looking to progress further.

Q. What are the key benefits for me of undertaking the Career Pathways process?

The key benefits for you are:

  • gives you access to a University-wide framework of skills and attributes, against which you can assess yourself.
  • supports the development planning process and SRD (Staff Review and Development).
  • provides information on the possible career paths available to you.
  • supports your career development and long term assists you in achieving a fulfilling career at the University.

Q. What if I do not agree with my manager's assessment of my skills and attributes?

The Career Pathways process is about focusing in a positive way on your development needs. If you and your manager can't reach agreement you may have to agree to disagree.