How often do you get a whole week to yourself?

How often do you make plans in the new year to try something new or get your life sorted but run out of time?

Well Personal Development Week from 20-24 January is giving you that time – so you can reflect, reconnect and refresh.

Once teaching starts again for Semester 2 you know it will be full on, so don’t miss out on this chance to give something a go, broaden your horizons and think about your future career. There is a wide range of events, activities, workshops and support available so make sure you schedule your week to get the most out of this great opportunity.

Also remember throughout the week, teams such as Careers, Student Support, Disability and Mental Wellbeing will be providing their regular drop in sessions – so take this time to get your CV checked, financial advice or any support that you may need for the year ahead.

And don’t forget to check out the Students’ Union  – take part in a club, join a society or make your voice heard.

At a glance here is what activities are on offer…

In Canterbury

Monday 20 January

  • Practical Steps to Enhance your Wellbeing at Work, 1pm-2pm, Career and Enterprise Hub, Augustine House
    Helen Kirk-Brown, Director of Hays Recruitment in Education, will be running a workshop focusing on achieving mental wellbeing when starting your career.

Tuesday 21 January

  • Peer Mentor Training, 10am-4pm , ER.0.03
    If you would like to make difference to your fellow students you can apply to become a student peer mentor to help navigate and guide them through life at University. This session gives you a flavour of what being a peer mentor is like.  If you want to find out more and take part in the training email peermentoring@canterbury.ac.uk. Also check out this interactive taster session.
  • Professional Communications Using Technology, 1pm, Careers and Enterprise Hub
    This session will enable you to get prepared for the professional workplace. We’ll be combining the language and the technicalities to make sure you’re confident to communicate professionally, whatever job you’re going for.

Wednesday 22 January

  • Brand You Online, 11am – 12pm, AH1.21
    Get hints and tips on how you can stand out online.
  • Writing Café, 12.30am – 2pm, AH3.22
    Bring along a piece of writing to spend some time thinking and writing in a relaxed atmosphere with other students. This is an opportunity to focus on and develop confidence in your writing skills.
  • Time Management Drop-In, 1pm – 3pm, AH2.23
    Get some advice on how to manage your time to make sure you meet your deadlines and maintain that life/study balance.  

Thursday 23 January

  • Partners in Learning Conference: Exploring resistance to learning in partnership: Assumptions, expectations, and misconceptions, 9am – 1pm, Old Sessions House
    Working with students as partners in learning is a key principle of our Learning and Teaching Strategy . Partnership in learning entails that students are co-producers and co-creators of their own learning, and that they are supported by staff to achieve specific developments in an area of their programme or extracurricular projects.  This conference is designed to not only celebrate and share best practice but also to explore challenging issues and concepts in this area.
  • Craft Drop In, 5pm – 8pm, Lg47
    Join the Christ Church Creatives for a relaxed drop-in – learn a new skill, unleash your creativity and try a variety of crafting activities.

Microsoft Office Training on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 10am-12pm , Lf13
Improve your employability and get Microsoft qualified with free Microsoft Office training. Free training sessions will run on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, where you can ask questions, test out your skills and pick up useful tips to make you a whiz on all of the Office applications. Then, if you’re feeling confident, you can take an optional exam on the Friday, and receive an official Microsoft accreditation if you pass. Come along to one of our training sessions to find out more – no need to book.

In Medway

Tuesday 21 January

  • Growth Mindsets, 11.30am-1pm, RWf28
    Open to both students and staff this workshop will explain the principles of  Carol Dweck’s Growth Mindsets and the role it can play in helping students to succeed academically and lecturers to support that success. The workshop addresses how our beliefs about intelligence, success, and failure affect the way we learn and offers practical ways in which both students and lecturers can overcome obstacles to academic success by adopting a Growth Mindsets approach to both teaching and  learning.
  • Improving Academic English, 10am or 2pm, Rwf28
    These 1 hour sessions aim to increase the number of academic English words you understand in reading and increase your confidence in your speaking. These sessions are for students whose first language is not English.
  • Growth Mindsets, 3.30pm – 5pm, RWf28
    Open to both students and staff this workshop will explain the principles of  Carol Dweck’s Growth Mindsets and the role it can play in helping students to succeed academically and lecturers to support that success. The workshop addresses how our beliefs about intelligence, success, and failure affect the way we learn and offers practical ways in which both students and lecturers can overcome obstacles to academic success by adopting a Growth Mindsets approach to both teaching and  learning.
  • Brand You Online, 1pm-2pm, RWs33
    Get hints and tips on how you can stand out online.

Wednesday 22 January

  • Find out about ReCAP, 10am -11am, RWs32
    Find out how you can get the most from this new service which allows audio and screen content from lectures to be recorded, and played back via Blackboard.

Thursday 23 January

  • Partners in Learning Conference at Canterbury but all students from Medway are welcome.

Don’t forget the range of digital resource available for you to explore during this week from Your Digital Library to Skills4Study online modules .  This interactive presentation is a great way to find out more and check out this presentation on how to access research tools via your mobile phone.