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Career Management Programmes
Navigating Change - Unlocking Talent.
Periscope Programmes
Universities and Doctoral Training Colleges
Academics and
Graduates
Career Switchers and
Entrepreneurs
- We inspire career exploration, awareness, and management -

About Periscope Programmes

We are passionate about career management.

We have been working in career management for over 20 years, and understand the needs and challenges of those transitioning in and out of academia and employment. We offer a range of programmes, workshops and keynotes and create relaxed, friendly environments which enable participants to speak freely and work through their challenges with our experienced facilitators.  

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  • Dani’s workshops have added a real depth to our training offer, providing our doctoral researchers with clear and simple tools and the time to reflect and plan their next stage in their careers... I would highly recommend engaging with these workshops as part of any PhD researcher development programme. 

    Jennie Eldridge - Head of Doctoral Training, University Alliance
  • I literally enjoyed every aspect of this course. I have grown so much from this class, in so many ways. Dr. Danielle and her team were very friendly, accessible and responsive to all our questions... The bottom line is that I felt that this course not only enlightens you in academia, but also paves your way to further explore new horizons in the PhD-related job market. 

    Khaled Oraby - PhD graduate in Linguistics, Huddersfield University
  • On behalf of the University Alliance DTA-Reps, we would like to thank Dr Danielle for participating in our Career Fair on 09/09/2021 as a speaker... Her contribution is always valuable. Moreover, she is very enthusiastic and dedicated in her workshops and presentations.

    Kyriacos Polycarpou - PhD candidate in School of Engineering and Innovation
  • It was great! I really enjoyed it. The workbook and individual activities were useful because it allowed me to set time aside to think about what was being asked. The questions in there were stimulating. It was great to be able to interact in smaller groups with others as it allowed a space to attentively listen to your 'thinking partner'. Overall it was a great experience so... Thank You both 🙂

    Amelia Chissano - PHD Student at The University of Huddersfield
  • The WCIDWD programme was exactly what I needed to encourage me to deliberately start planning my career now. It was an opportunity to envision my future while designing achievable steps to moving forwards. Thanks for the open and clear way of facilitating the leaning environment. I enjoyed and learned a lot listening to the career journey of other participants. Thanks so much.

    Cristina Fuentes Antoniazzi - PHD Student at The University of Huddersfield
  • It was great! The structure of the course was appropriate and helped us reflect on our career journey, the different career plans we have explored and then what is the ideal job for us. The presentation was a great opportunity to present our thoughts and plans in front of people from different disciplines. Thank you very much!

    Elina Stylianou - PHD Student at The University of Huddersfield
  • Danielle kicked off our PhD career event with an inspiring keynote talk. You feel right away that she has a passion for coaching young scientists. She tailored the talk to our needs and motivated the young scientists to think about their next step in their careers. Thanks a lot for joining our event and your commitment!

    Dr Cordula Burtscher - Graduate School Officer at Leiden University
  • It was fantastic to be in this group of supportive, knowledgeable and strategic individuals which was expertly facilitated by Dr Danielle White and Rachel Valentine.  Just last week I secured a fantastic role... I can’t stress enough how important the ‘What I can do with a Doctorate’ coaching workshops are to developing a plan that will ease the post PhD transition.

    Andy Graham - DTA
  • I would like to thank the tutors for their inspiration and help in helping me to really think about my future. I think generally people just don’t take the time to think things through as life gets in the way. This course has relit my fire and passion to why I started this in the first place and has allowed me to visualise once again where I am going in this journey. 

    Natalie-Louise Gorton - University of Hudderfield
  • Hi Dani! I just want to say a big thanks to you and Rachel for the career workshops over the past few weeks. It was such an invaluable experience having the opportunity to share our thoughts, ideas, and advice with each other, in pairs and with the group as a whole. I really learnt a lot and enjoyed getting to know everyone. I’m honestly going to miss our weekly sessions! 

    Sophie Mohamad - Doctoral Training Alliance
  • Danielle is truly amazing in her approach to dealing with clients and gives very customized professional advice. The content and methods she taught me were eye-opening and easily applicable... I would 100% recommend her program especially for PhD students aiming to transition into non-academic jobs. Thanks Dani, for the support and knowledge you equipped me with. Looking forward to engaging in your future programs! 

    Manar Elgazzar - PhD year 3, Finance and Economics, The University of Manchester

Our Programmes

We offer keynotes, targeted workshops, and immersive programmes.

Our programmes enable a career management plan and accountability support; workshops tackle career transition challenges; our keynote provides a three-part model to understand the process.

Transitioning out of a Doctorate

Five, 2-hour workshops, one 40-minute coaching session + 4 hours of solo work over 6 weeks


Who Pays: Universities & DTCs
For: Final year PhDs, PGRs and ECRs
  • A transformative career management programme to increase awareness of PhD transition challenges, reduce procrastination around thesis write up, support focus and motivation.

    The workshop enables participants to:

    • Understand transition trends, common experiences, and challenges
    • Build relationships of support and accountability
    • Lead on professional development and wellbeing needs
    • Create a 6-month career strategy for efficient progress.
    Cost: University and individual prices available on request.
Progressing within a Research Environment

One, 2-hour workshop, Five half-day workshops, 1-2-1 executive coaching and email support, action learning sets and evaluation report.


Who Pays: Universities & DTCs
For: ECRs and Academic Staff
  • An extensive programme utilising a combination of workshops, case studies, group and individual coaching to enable participants to understand how to progress their careers within the unique environment of academia. 

    The workshop enables participants to:

    • Understand the research system and challenges within academic career development
    • Improve motivation, engagement, and clarify a sense of meaning in work
    • Lead on professional development and wellbeing needs
    • Create a 6-month career strategy for efficient progress.
    Cost: University and individual prices available on request
Switching Careers during Covid

Six 2-hour workshops, one coaching session + eight hours of solo work for up to 20 participants.
Who Pays: Individuals
For: Career Switchers and Entrepreneurs 
  • This programme facilitates career exploration, analysis, and planning. It enables an interruption, raises awareness of career options and personal needs, and supports focus and motivation. The result is a robust career management strategy and a community of peers to offer support and accountability. The combination of structured individual and group work, individual tutorials, collaborative research, and peer coaching enable an engaging experience with powerful results.
    • Develop awareness and clarity around career options
    • Plan using career-management strategies
    • Increase motivation and focus
    • Build relationships of support and accountability
    Structure: Six 2-hour workshops, one coaching session + eight hours of solo work for up to 20. Cost: Organisation and individual price available on request
Route to Clarity

A career management process


Gain an understanding of the career transition process and explore future career options.


Who Pays: Universities & DTCs, or Individuals


For: All groups of participants

  • The workshop provides:

     
    • A practical three-part process to kick-start career management
    • Information around professional options
    • A set of tools to support the exploration of future career options
     

    Our post-pack provides additional career management tools to widen participants’ professional options.

     
    Prices: Available on request
Utilising Your Doctorate

Recognising professional value


Explore your skills, the value of these for potential employers and learn career management tools.


Who Pays: Universities & DTCs


For: Late stage PGRs and PhDs

  • The workshop provides:  
    • Tools to identify transferable skills acquired
    • A space to contemplate the potential value of these skills
    • Information around career management tools.
     

    Our post-pack provides additional career management tools to help develop participants’ transferable skills and support planning.

      Structure: 2-hour seminar + 40 mins of solo work for up to 20
Networking with Industry

Learn how to leverage your current networks and develop a networking strategy.


Who Pays: Universities & DTCs, or Individuals


For: PhDs, ECRs and Career Switchers

  • The workshop provides:

     
    • An approach to map current networks

    • Information around networking challenges and tools

    • Tools to develop a networking strategy.

     

    Our post-pack provides participants with tools to implement a networking strategy.

Present with Confidence

Discover your authentic presence, build confidence in your presentation skills and successfully engage your audience.


Who Pays: Universities & DTCs, or Individuals


For: All groups of participants

  • The workshop provides:

    • A set of tools to conquer presentation nerves
    • A space to develop confidence in presentation skills
    • A more enjoyable delivery and overall experience

    Our post-pack provides participants with the tools to apply learning to an upcoming presentation.

     
    Prices: Available on request
Manage your Doctorate

A career planning approach


Identify the skills you will develop, consider the value of these for employers and learn career management tools.


Who Pays: Universities & DTCs


For: Early stage PGRs and PhDs

  • The workshop provides:  
    • Tools to identify transferable skills being acquired

    • A space to contemplate the potential value of these skills

    • Information around career management tools.

     

    Our post-pack provides additional career management tools to help develop participants’ transferable skills.

      Prices: Available on request

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Our Career Management Model

This three-part model sits at the centre of our career management programmes. Our tools and frameworks have been adapted from social mobility theory to enable you to explore and understand your career in depth, as well as to practically apply your learnings to plan for your future. This process provides a space to discuss common challenges, employer expectations and the diversity of options available. This is a stimulating, step-by-step career management process which enables powerful results.

About Us

The Periscope Team

Dr Danielle White
Director & Founder

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Rebecca Rayner
Business Support
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Suzy Rennison
Business Development

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Rachel Valentine
Facilitator & Programme Lead

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Rabia Arshad
 PhD Resource & Community Engagement

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