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Short Courses to Recharge Your Career

If you’re feeling uninspired or stuck in a rut, investing in your career through a short course can be just the motivational boost you need.
Here are three options for updating your skills and broadening your network.


Step-Up School – One Year Programme

Step Up Club

Founded and run by career experts, Alice Olins and Phanella Mayall Fine, the Step Up Club ‘supports working women to find the success they want and empowers them to feel more fulfilled at work – and in life.’  Through high-profile brand collaborations, engaging online content, their book, social media platforms and a weekly newsletter, they aim to deliver practical advice to followers in their network.

The Pitch

‘Step Up School is a one-year programme that will literally change your work and life. We will help you grow your business, feed your career, build your network, boost your confidence and much more.’

What’s involved?

  • Ten half day monthly career sessions.
  • Face to face coaching With Alice and Phanella, “The Best In The Business In Careers” According To Sylist Magazine.
  • Access to a network of 30 incredible and inspiring women – your ‘new career girl gang.’
  • Workshops from a host of top notch, high profile guest speakers.
  • Membership of a closed online forum for extra advice
  • VIP goodie gag, worth more than £150, plus the Step Up School Workbook
  • A signed copy of their Career Boosting Book.


Waiting list now open for September 2018 and January 2019 enrolments.


Grit & Grace – Delivered over 3 Days

Grit & Grace

Queens University Belfast Short Course in association with Women in Business.

The Grit & Grace programme explores the concept of leadership, through the lens of:

“Grit” (described by the author Angela Duckworth as the ability to, “fall 7 times…pick yourself up 8”); and

“Grace” (described by psychologist Dr Miller Burke as, “the ability to mitigate discomfort and to project calmness and clarity even if you don’t feel it).

The Pitch

‘This highly engaging and participative programme has been purposefully designed to upskill women with the knowledge and behaviours necessary to confidently and successfully transition into leadership roles in the workplace.

Deigned and delivered by the Wiliam J Clinton Leadership Institute in conjunction with Women in Business, this highly participative and engaging programme is delivered over 3 days in the beautiful Riddel Hall.”

What’s involved?

Over the duration of their Programme, participants will spend time unraveling “Who am I?”, as well as consider how their personal values, beliefs and behaviours impact their leadership identity and brand. As a result of their participation on the programme, each delegate will gain an insight into:

  • Understanding their own and others’ personality and behavioural preferences (through the MBTI Personality Test)
  • Developing self-confidence and personal resilience
  • Influencing and engaging others
  • Leading self and others through change


April cohort currently running, new dates TBC.

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Guardian Masterclass in Leadership Skills – 1 Day

Grit & Grace

The Pitch

‘This interactive workshop with lecturer and changemaker Samantha Clarke will help you to develop your self-awareness, presence and effectiveness as a leader. Over the course of the day, you’ll explore different leadership styles, and get involved in practical activities to define your own personal leadership plan. With plenty of time for questions and self-reflection, this unique class is ideal for anyone keen to become a more effective and authentic leader, whether you’re a manager, entrepreneur, freelancer or business professional.’

What’s involved?

  • Defining the purpose, motivation and values behind your leadership
  • Different leadership styles and boundaries
  • Developing emotional intelligence and self-awareness in your life and work
  • Building the right support teams and resources to enhance your leadership
  • Framing your life experiences and values within your leadership story
  • Why some leaders lose their way under pressure – and common pitfalls to avoid
  • Practical activities involving case studies, self-reflection and the chance to create your own personal leadership plan
  • Q&A and group discussion


The course will take place on Friday, 4th June.

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