PSC2 - Self-assessment tools: Knowing me, knowing what to do

Life is too short to try out every career you could possibly do or enjoy, so how to narrow it down? By using self-assessment tools!

About the session

Participants will learn what self-assessment tools are, what they are useful for and who actually uses them. Specific self-assessment tools will be highlighted, along with feedback from postdocs who’ve used them. Next steps and what to do with their findings will be discussed.

Who is it for?

Early Career Researchers (including Postdocs)


By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Understand why self-assessment is important
  • Try out some self-assessment tools
  • Reflect on the findings from self-assessment tools
  • Plan how to use the results to aid their career development journey.

Get to know your facilitators

Members of the Prosper team at the University of Liverpool, University of Manchester and Lancaster University

Co-hosts are Fiona McBride (she/her): and Andrew Holmes (he/him):

Prosper is a £3.6M Research England funded project which will run for 3.5 years finishing in March 2023. Prosper aims to co-create a model of postdoc development that will empower postdocs to realise their potential across multiple career pathways. 

At its heart the project is all about unlocking the huge potential and talents of the postdoc community for the benefit of postdocs themselves, Principal Investigators, employers and the wider UK economy. 

Session video and presentation

Download the presentation (PPT, 3.4MB)

Further resources

None of these are compulsory or necessary to engage with ahead of the session! They are provided for further information.

All NPDC21 listed resources including presentation slides and top tips are freely available. Please ensure you acknowledge the author(s) and/or source when using them.

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NPDC21 Top Tips

Download the Top Tips from this session (PDF, 80KB)

Author: Dr Fiona McBride, Prosper Research Staff Developer. Please cite the author(s) when sharing these top tips.

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