Diploma in Career Planning and Development


Diploma in Career Planning and Development

Start date:  September 2016

Duration: 10 weeks, 1 evening per week from 6.30 to 9.30pm

Course fee: €845 (or €895 if paying the course fee in instalments)

A fee of £76 will be payable to The Institute of Commercial Management on successful completion of this course.

Awarding body:  The Institute of Commercial Management (ICM)

Course Introduction

This is a programme for anyone who wants to revitalise their career or give their current career a boost.

It is a highly interactive and informative programme aimed at providing participants with the skills and motivations to develop and drive their own career.  Delivered by Susan Mulholland of CareerDrive, the programme will help participants to answer the central core occupational themes:

  • Who am I and what do I have to offer?
  • Where am I now and where do I want to go?
  • How can I get there?

This programme is likely to appeal to you if you:

1. Feel stuck in a rut, don’t like your job, or just wants to do something different.

2. Like your job, but feel that you are not progressing quickly enough and want to know how you can turbo boost your career.

3. Feeling confused or worried about your career, in this current economic climate.


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Course Structure

While the programme is highly interactive and practical, the content is soundly grounded in the latest thought leadership on career management and psychogolcial principles of personal productivity and organisational effectiveness.  It is structured as follows:


Section 1:  Who am I and what do I have to offer?

Introduction and context setting – why bother?  How the world of work is changing.  The current theory and thought leadership on the subject of Career management.  Introduction to the concept of ‘life stages’ and career transition, and the role of a holistic work/life approach.


Who am I?  Participants undertake a scientifically validated personality profile.  This provides valuable information on individual motivational triggers, communication style and the consequent impact on those that we work with.


What can I offer?  This part of the programme provides a detailed audit of skills, knowledge and interests.   Participants are guided to identify their key skills and the evidence they have to show that they are good at these skills.  Also included is a ‘knowledge inventory’ which relates to experience, industry and subject know how.   The final piece looks at values, motivations and interests.  It helps participants answer the question of not only what kind of work they can do, but what work environment they are best suited to.


Section 2:   Where am I now and where am I going to?

This part of the programme provides the foundation for good career direction.  It covers:

  • Goal Setting – a robust technique for setting goals that are motivational and achievable.
  • Creative thinking – techniques for accessing the most creative parts of our brain.  A professional skill not just for career development but for innovation and problem solving.
  • Decision Making – understanding our natural decision making style and decision making traps that we might fall into.


At the end of this section participants will have completed a document outlining a solid working plan for their career development over a 1-3 year period.

Section 3How will I get there?

The third and final phase of the programme is geared around the skills required to help pariticpants reach the goals outlined in the working career plan (section 2).  The content includes:

  • Time and energy management.   Recognising individual time styles. Identifying people and acitivites that ‘steal’ our time.  Practical tips for creating more time in our day.
  • The art of influence – introduction to a range of influencing tactics for working with others.  Including difficult situations such as managing your boss, dealing with conflict and influencing change.
  • Making an impact – tactics for making an impact in our career including confidence building, authenticity at work and building networks.


Assessment – Professional Development Project

This module is assessed by a Professional Development Project (PDP).  The learning philosophy underpinning this form of assessment is that students learn best from applying the concepts, models etc. they have covered in the classroom and in their directed reading to a practical organisational setting.


In doing this, students develop a greater knowledge and understanding of innovation and design thinking and of how it can be applied in a practical context.  The objective of your Professional Development Project is to provide a platform in job interviews and your Performance Reviews at work to demonstrate your aspirations and worth to your organisation.



We believe that adult learning is most effective when presented in a relevant context so that the skills, strategy, and knowledge are meaningful to participants and can be applied directly in the training.


Our training methodology is based on the premise that participants/adults have their own experience and we utilise a process of questioning and generating a dialogue before presenting concepts and models.  By doing this vs. lecturing, we gain participant involvement and buy-in before we build models and teach learning points.   This makes the learning relevant to your experience.


The diploma in Business studies features decision-making simulations, case studies, short lectures, and the sharing of experiences through interactive discussions with faculty and your peers, allowing you to put your new knowledge to the test.




Susan Mulholland of Job Match Ireland and has spent the last 14 years working with organisations to help them select, develop and retain the right person for the job. Her particular specialism is career development in the workplace.  She is a qualified coach with the Mind Gym and has delivered over 500 workshops to over 50 companies in Ireland and the UK.


Susan holds an MSc in Organisational Behaviour, Honours Degree in Business Studies and a Diploma in Marketing.



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