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York Strengths Programme for Postgraduates

Undergraduates see the York Strengths Programme for Undergraduates

What is the York Strengths Programme for Postgraduates?

This programme, designed specifically for Postgraduate students at York, aims to help you identify your personal strengths and understand how you can make the most of your strengths to achieve your full potential. York Strengths will help you take charge of your own career journey by giving you:

  • insight into where you are now
  • help in building your confidence
  • a vision of where you might want to go
  • ideas of how best to use your time as a student to help you get there.

The York Strengths Programme for Postgraduates has three main components:

Online Discovery

The online exercise allows you to respond naturally to familiar situations and scenarios, resulting in a feedback report outlining your top 3 strengths and giving you tips for further development. Unique and personal to you, it will provide a foundation to build on throughout your time at York. This exercise is not timed - it can be completed in 30 minutes, however, you can take as much time as you need.

Access Online Discovery (log-in required)
Note: you will need your University username and password to access the Online Discovery information and will then be directed to a new page to create your Online Discovery account.

York Strengths Development Workshop

A fun and interactive workshop, helping you reflect on what you have learned in the Online Discovery, and exploring how using your strengths in your future career will help ensure you lead a fulfilled and productive working life.

When: Wednesday 12 June 2019, 17.30, P/T/006 (Physics)

Book your place in Careers Gateway.

York Award

The York Award is a certificate of the University that demonstrates to employers that you have taken a proactive approach to life at university, going beyond your academic studies to enhance your own personal development. It is a great addition to your CV, helping you to pull together and reflect on your experiences and present them in a way that will appeal to employers.

University life is about much more than your degree. There are so many opportunities to enhance your skills and make you attractive to employers. The York Award provides a framework for reflecting on your experiences.

When: Applications for Postgraduate York Award Gold open in summer term each year. For more information on the York Award and how you can apply, please visit the York Award web page.

At the end of the York Strengths Programme you will have:

  • a clearer understanding of yourself, your natural strengths and areas to develop, outlined in a personalised feedback report
  • greater confidence in planning the next steps towards finding and securing your preferred career destination
  • an action plan of objectives to work on
  • an appreciation of the work experience and personal and professional development opportunities available to you at York, to make the most of your remaining time at university.

By engaging with York Strengths you agree to your data being used as outlined here:

The University has engaged the services of an industry leader to provide a professional development service for our students. On registration, your name and York email address will be shared with the service provider who will manage the online York Strengths Discovery exercise.

As part of that exercise, a feedback report will be generated for you by the provider and will be shared with the University for purposes of supporting your personal and professional development. This report will also be used to produce aggregate statistics to allow the University to better understand student needs and to create and tailor University service provision accordingly.

Data gathered during the York Strengths Development Day will be collated by a coach who will be observing you throughout and will be analysed by the same industry leader. Again, a copy of this report will be given to you and shared with the University for the purposes outlined in the paragraph above.

All information will be managed in accordance with the University’s Data Protection Policy.

Find out more about the nine strengths.

If you have any questions about the programme please email

Find out more about York Strengths.