Our award-winning York Strengths Development Session enables you to discover your strengths - the things you are good at and you love to do - through enjoyable group activities, and with support and feedback from a trained observer.
York Strengths Development Sessions are offered to all undergraduate first year students, and is integrated into first year modules for several departments.
Masters students have dedicated York Strengths workshops available in Semester 2 - book via Events in Handshake.
If your academic department has integrated York Strengths Development Sessions into your first year modules you will see a session appear in your timetable. It's important that you attend this session, and you will receive further information from your department.
Over the year we will also be running Development Sessions open to any first year undergraduate. These are listed below and will appear on our events booking system, Handshake from the start of each semester (search 'strengths' in the events search field).
IMPORTANT: Pre-registration is essential for all Development Sessions - even if it's in your timetable. This enables us to capture your dietary requirements and any reasonable adjustments you may need, as well as plan staffing levels for expected attendance. If you do not pre-register at least 2 working days before your session we will do our best to accommodate you but there is a risk you will not be able to take part when you attend.
Please do not book onto more than one session. This takes up a place that might be needed by other students and makes it harder to forecast the numbers likely to actually attend on any particular day.
Only open to students from these departments - your session will appear in your timetable, and you will receive an email with your registration links. If you are unable to attend a timetabled session (for example, you were sick on the day) then you are welcome to join one of the sessions above.
If you have any questions or require assistance, please email email@example.com.
A Development Session lasts about four hours, and is supported by the content in York Strengths Online.
The Development Sessions give you the opportunity to work with others, and get feedback from a trained observer in a safe environment. This will give you a broader understanding of your strengths that will support you in your university journey.
Benefits of attending a Development Session:
Open sessions available for bookings:
- Wednesday 28 February, 2024, 14:00 - 18:00, Physics Building - Campus West
- Wednesday 20 March, 2024, 14:00 - 18:00, Physics Building - Campus West
Check the drop down towards the top of the page to confirm if your academic department has integrated York Strengths Development Sessions into your first year modules.
It's really important that you make a commitment to attending when you register your place. If you find out you can no longer attend, please cancel your registration via Handshake as soon as you know.
Observers still have to be paid even if you don't attend. That can be a wasted resource that could have been allocated elsewhere if you change your mind and do not attend your Development Session without letting us know.
Sometimes sickness or emergencies mean that you won't be able to come along, and won't know that until the day of the event - that's quite understandable. If this happens to you then it's really helpful if you can email firstname.lastname@example.org on the day to let us know.
If you can't make the day you originally register for, or your timetabled session, please consider coming along to an open session so you don't miss out.
The Development Sessions run as morning or afternoon sessions each lasting about four hours.
Watch this video that outlines what to expect at a Development Session.
If you are attending a Development Session you'll find it helpful to access York Strengths Online for an introduction to the programme, and an initial consideration of your strengths. To get the most from the session you should aim to complete all sections up to and including an initial exploration of the ‘Strengths Discovery’ section before attending. This should normally take no more than 60 minutes. Please bring a copy of your completed York Strengths Grid with you to the Development Session.
York Strengths Online provides an alternative to the Development Session for those who are unable to attend, or for students not in their first year of undergraduate study. The York Strengths Development Sessions provide an enhanced opportunity to explore your strengths in more depth, with feedback from a trained observer.
If you are attending a Development Session you can also use York Strengths Online to support your ongoing learning. It includes high quality discovery exercises and a range of additional resources to help you carry out a self assessment of your strengths, explore further and plan your next steps.
We are really keen to make sure this event is as accessible as possible, and that everyone has a positive experience when they attend, and are working hard to make this happen.
If you have a disability or health condition we can make reasonable adjustments to help you get the most out of the session. You can notify us of this using the registration form when you register on Handshake for your session.
A quiet space is available at the York Strengths Development Session if you need to take a break, and staff are available to offer support if needed.
If you have any questions, concerns or would just like to talk through what's involved, then please email email@example.com before registering.
If there are strong reasons why you believe the York Strengths Development Session isn't appropriate for you or you can't attend, please let us know by emailing the address above and we can explore your reasons and potential alternatives for you (and your department where sessions are delivered as part of a module).