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A suite of 0-credit online Professional Skills courses has been developed for undergraduate students covering a range of careers and employability topics. Successful completion is recognised on the Enhanced Transcript.

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The suite of courses consists of:

  • PD1001: Professional Skills Part 1 covers Developing Aberdeen Graduate Attributes, Equality & Diversity and Health & Safety. Course Description
  • PD2001: Professional Skills Part 2 covers Presenting Yourself Effectively (in the context of the work placement and employment application and selection processes) and Finding Work Experience. Course Description 
  • PD3001: Professional Skills Part 3 covers Career Planning, Graduate Jobs and Further Study. Course Description

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‘‘I absolutely loved it! A great initiative for students who are looking to develop their understanding of what they can do to make themselves stand out from others and enhance employability prospects!

Why should I sign up?

University is not just about your degree studies; it is about the experiences you gather and the skills you develop. When you graduate, you will be competing with over 300,000 others graduating in the UK at the same time. Alongside a good degree, it is the skills and experiences you gain along the way which will help you to stand out from the crowd.

These courses will help you to see how you can develop your skills and experiences; will teach you how to present yourself effectively to potential employers and postgraduate course providers; will show you how to find work experience and plan your career. Ultimately the courses will enhance your employability when you graduate.

How do I sign up?

  • PD1001/PD1501: This course is prescribed for all level 1 students and you should automatically be enrolled.  Look for it in your MyAberdeen course list.
    Successful completion will be included in your Enhanced TranscriptNOTE: PD1001 and PD1501 are the same course - If you are enrolled on PD1001, the deadline for completion is the end of December. If you are enrolled on PD1501, the deadline for completion is mid-May.

  • PD2001/PD2501:  This course is available to all level 2 students and above.  Sign up for it via MyCurriculum in the 'Other' tab under 'Professional Development'. Please contact online-careerscourse@abdn.ac.uk if you have any problems signing up.  Successful completion will be included in your Enhanced Transcript. NOTE: PD2001 and PD2501 are the same course - If you are enrolled on PD2001, the deadline for completion is the end of December. If you are enrolled on PD2501, the deadline for completion is mid-May. 

  • PD3001/PD3501: This course is available to all level 3 students and above.  Sign up for it via MyCurriculum in the 'Other' tab under 'Professional Development'. Please contact online-careerscourse@abdn.ac.uk if you have any problems signing up.  Successful completion will be included in your Enhanced Transcript. NOTE: PD3001 and PD3501 are the same course - If you are enrolled on PD3001, the deadline for completion is the end of December. If you are enrolled on PD3501, the deadline for completion is mid-May.

Further Information

For further information about the Online Professional Skills courses, have a look at our FAQs below. If you still have questions, please email online-careerscourse@abdn.ac.uk

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I sign up?
PD1001/PD1501: This course is compulsory for all level 1 students and you should automatically be enrolled. Look for it in your MyAberdeen course list.
 
PD2001/PD2501:  This course is available to all level 2 students and above.  Sign up for it via MyCurriculum in the 'Other' tab under 'Professional Development'.  Please contact online-careerscourse@abdn.ac.uk if you have any problems signing up. 
 
PD3001/PD3501:  This course is available to all level 3 students and above.  Sign up for it via MyCurriculum in the 'Other' tab under 'Professional Development'.  Please contact online-careerscourse@abdn.ac.uk if you have any problems signing up. 
Are the courses credit bearing?

Although the courses do not carry any credits, successful completion will be recognised on your Enhanced Transcript.

What do I need to do to complete each course?

Each course has a set of prescribed learning outcomes around which the course content has been designed.  The course is delivered entirely online and contains a range of activities, quizzes and assessed exercises for you to complete. At the end of each course you must complete a quiz which you need to pass.  The quiz can be taken multiple times if necessary, and you can continue to access the course materials to help you.

How long will each course take?

You work through the course materials at your own pace and each course takes a total of around 2-3 hours to complete.

How do I access the courses?

The course is delivered entirely online via MyAberdeen. The course can be accessed from anywhere via any device.

Can I get help and support during the courses?

You can email us at any time and we will aim to answer within 3 working days: online-careerscourse@abdn.ac.uk. Alternatively, visit us in the Careers Service (2nd floor of the Students' Union building) during office hours.