Specialisms; Henley Professional Development Certificate

Choose activities from three out of the four specialisms.

What can you expect?


Whatever you are doing in life is a potential learning opportunity, you could be learning how you typically react in certain types of scenario, trying new ways to interact with people, understanding different contexts, or watching your boss and colleagues to learn from how they do things.

We also know that you may not have it in your power to shape the summer you were wanting to have pre-Covid 19.

So whether you are carrying out caring duties, taking a casual job to pay the bills, undergoing a virtual internship, starting a new venture, or volunteering for a good cause, or many other things too, you can use your experience to gain credits towards the certificate.

There is a cap of the 50 credits you can claim for Experience, simply to keep your programme balanced. The credits are allocated as follows:

Experience Credit allocation
Remote/in situ internships, placements, work experience, Insight Days etc 1 for every 2 hours
Casual/short term/part-time work 1 for every 2 hours
Caring responsibilities 1 for every 2 hours
Volunteering/charity work/societies/clubs 1 for every 2 hours
Entrepreneurial activities 1 for every 2 hours

Looking for available experiences? As well as the usual jobs boards such as MyJobsOnline, TargetJobs, Rate My Placement, Linkedin and Indeed, the following are example of worthwhile sites we’ve seen, but there are plenty of others so let us know if you find something interesting and we will post them here:


You’re graduating this year, but learning and development are lifetime pursuits and there are so many opportunities to learn available during the lockdown period, even if you can’t sit in a classroom at the moment.

So whether you are looking to develop your knowledge, advance your personal skills, learn a new technique or piece of software, improve your wellbeing through finding out more about mindfulness, and so much more, you can gain credits towards your Certificate.

The credits are allocated as follows:

Learning – aligned to career plans Credit allocation
Online courses (that end with a certificate/accreditation) 2 for every hour
Webinars (live or recorded), online workshops, online conferences 2 for every hour
Podcasts/audio 2 for every hour
Reading books, magazine, websites etc 2 for every hour

Some excellent sites to visit for learning resources include:

There are also lots of places that usually charge for their resources such as Coursera etc and these can be claimed against too, but you are likely to find that there are plenty of free resources to keep you busy this summer. And, of course, don’t forget that YouTube and Vimeo have lots of how to’s as well.

Keep track of what you’re doing using the log.


Building, and then maintaining, professional contacts is a vital part of anyone’s career plan. It provides access to so much knowledge, wisdom and opportunity that you’d otherwise miss out on.

It was amazing how quickly lots of networking events switched from ‘in person’ to ‘virtual’ when lockdown started happening, so there’s still lots of opportunity to meet people.

Plus it’s a great time to reach out to people individually as the new ways of working means that many professionals’ diaries are now much more flexible than they were.

Working on those existing relationships is key too, so you can also claim credits for time spent this summer interacting with your mentor (if you have one), and for getting back in touch with people who are already in your network.

The credits are allocated as follows:

Networking Credit allocation
Informational interviewing 5 per interviewee
Attendance at an online networking event 5 per event
Mentoring meetings 5 per event
Building/maintaining relationships with contacts 5 per interaction

If you are looking to connect with new people, some good places to start are:

Keep track of what you’re doing using the log.

Career Management

Were you waiting until after the exams before you started thinking about your career? Maybe you had a plan all worked out, but the current situation has blown that out of the water? Perhaps your current plan could work, but you’ve got different ideas that you’d like to explore now? Have you been furloughed or made redundant and are considering how to progress?

Whatever your personal situation, you can claim time devoted to thinking through your career opportunities and issues towards the certificate too.

Career Smart

Maybe you want one-to-one support from a careers consultant, to participate in Career Smart because you chose not to last summer, or just the space to work things through yourself using resources provided by Henley Careers or from elsewhere.

Whatever your situation is, the credits are allocated as follows:

Career management Credit allocation
Commencing and completing Career Smart 15 credits
Career planning leading to an action plan 5 credits
Psychometric test practice 2 credits
CV development 2 credits
LinkedIn page creation/development (or other appropriate social media platform for career purposes) 2 credits
Mock interview, group exercise, presentation practice 5 credits
‘Live’ selection experiences (one per job opportunity) 5 credits
Developing self-awareness (e.g. identification of strengths, motivations, values, ways to boost your self-resources) 5 credits

There are plenty of resources you can access for this, including:

Don’t forget – You can keep track of what you’re doing using the log.