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Personal and professional development while in lockdown

15 May 2020

student online development

If you want to take a break from studying or you find you have some spare time while in lockdown, you can access lots of webinars, workshops, sessions and resources from the University for free. 

Career skills

For those of you who are thinking about your next steps after university, you can prepare from home right now with our short couch to career webinars. It doesn’t matter what stage of university you’re at, it’s never too early or late, to book a career webinar and develop your career skills. The career webinars are running over the next few months, covering topics including, creating a great CV, interview tips, cover letters and more. Plus, the careers service is available online and over the phone, if you do need extra advice and support, including those all important CV and cover letter checks.

Graduate with confidence event – Wednesday 27 May

If you’re looking for advice and support to prepare you for your career after you graduate, the Careers and Propeller teams are providing a series of short webinars on Wednesday 27 May. The sessions will be delivered online via Teams and you can book here. They are designed to follow on from one another, so we do recommend you book on all three, but you can attend them individually, if you can’t make them all.

I could do anything if only I knew what I wanted to do - 10am – 10:40am (Joe Buglass)

Worried about the future because you don’t know what you want to do? This session is run by someone who was in exactly the same position as you and learned not only how to deal with it but to thrive on it! Learn how to move forward in life and excel even if you don’t know where you’re going and do so with confidence and calm.

The graduation transition - 10:45am – 11:25am (Kath Aindow-Jones)

Due to the pandemic, the world of work has changed massively. When it comes to job hunting and interviews more and more of us will be using online services. Learn the dos and don'ts of this new world and stand out to employers.

Step into the future with confidence - 11:30am – 12.10pm (Liz Pickstock)

Not only do you have to deal with the lockdown but also, you’re about to graduate. Learn how to deal with the stress, fear and issues that this pressure brings with grace and courage.

Panel Q&A – 12.15pm – 12:45pm (above, plus Glynn Morgan)

Your chance to ask staff from Careers and Propeller any questions you might have. All attendees of the above sessions will be automatically added.

Thinking of starting your own business?

Get help and advice from Propeller, a service dedicated to preparing UCLan students, graduates and staff for an ever-changing work environment, including self-employment and freelancing. Propeller helps you develop the skills and knowledge needed to be more enterprising, including help to start your own business through interactive workshops, events and activities.

Sign up for a 1-1 session with the Propeller team via phone, Skype or Teams. If you already have a Propeller mentor, contact them through the usual means. Alternatively, for those of you who are new, arrange your first appointment by calling 01772 895950.

There’s also lots of online workshops, so register as usual. Once you’ve registered, you’ll receive information about using Teams, and then you will receive a link to the online classroom on the day.

Learn a language

If you’ve ever dreamed of learning a language, the University’s Worldwise Learning Centre has been sharing some great online tools to help put your spare time to good use during the coronavirus lockdown. To find the best technique and tools that match your own learning style, check out the Worldwise Centre’s digital hub on, which has free language learning material, top language learning apps, easy readers as well as foreign language films and podcasts.

Weekly mindfulness sessions

Every Wednesday, the University is running free weekly mindfulness sessions for students via Microsoft Teams. The sessions start at 12.15pm and last for one hour. You will need to book on as they will be held by meeting invite. Please email if you would like to join the session. You will then be added to the meeting and will receive an invitation, allowing you to join.

Make use of the online library

Although our library is closed and you can’t have access to physical books at the moment, there are still lots of online resources you can take advantage of. Use this time to explore the electronic resources in the University library with access to e-books, e-databases, e-images, e-newspapers, journals and more.