Starting With You: Clarifying Your Key Strengths, Values and Skills and your Personalized Development Framework (Foundations of Career Planning Program)

Date & Time

Tuesday, 9 January 2018 - 9:00am to 4:00pm


Postdoctoral Fellows Office



As a Postdoctoral fellow, you have already been making some key career decisions, and yet this transitional role also calls on you to   explore options that meet your unique requirements for what makes a career worthwhile. Take the time to prepare for what is next in your career by updating and clarifying who you are and what you want.  During this one day program you will have the opportunity to learn with colleagues as you:

  • Explore a framework for self-guided career exploration.
  • Understand the qualities of your top 5 strengths (as identified in the completion of a StrengthsFinder assessment)
  • Understand how you can leverage your strengths to  build your career
  • Clarify work values influencing career choices
  • Identify Transferable Skills that engage your sense of purpose
  • Complete an Action plan that promotes further exploration and action

During this interactive program, through small group exercises, video presentation, and large group discussion, you will have the opportunity to clarify and update key and practical elements to support you and your next career move. The completion of a StrengthsFinder assesment is required in advance of the workshop, and additional information will be provided upon acceptance to the pilot program.


Pre-work is required for this session, and will be distributed by the PDFO in advance of the workshop date.


Sally Halliday, Registered Clinical Counsellor

Sally Halliday

Sally Halliday

Sally is a Registered Clinical Counsellor who holds an MA in Counselling Psychology and additional training in Leadership, Emotional Intelligence, Organizational coaching, and career development. She brings her passion for teaching into curriculum development and group facilitation for various audiences and a range of topics including emotional intelligence, interpersonal communication skills in the workplace, group dynamics, and personality assessments. As a former program leader at UBC Continuing Studies, Sally worked collaboratively in the development and delivery of such programs as the UBC Certificate in Organizational Coaching and the UBC Certificate in Peer Counselling.

Maura Da Cruz, Organizational Development and Learning Consultant, UBC Human Resources

Maura Da Cruz

Maura Da Cruz

Maura Da Cruz brings extensive experience to her work in organizational development, program design, and leadership development as a Learning Consultant and Certified Coach at the University of British Columbia (UBC). She has successfully facilitated leadership, team effectiveness, strategic planning, and diversity related programs for a wide spectrum of workgroups ranging from managers, leaders in formal and informal positions and front-line staff. Maura is passionate about helping individuals identify their strengths and amplify them so that they can be their best in their work, at home and in their communities. Maura has a background in adult education, holds an MA in Educational Leadership (SDSU) and is an IAC (International Association of Coaches) Master Certified Coach.


This session is part of the Foundations of Career Planning program. Please visit the page for more information and to apply.