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Dynamic Development

A new approach for the personal and professional development of researchers

'It's time for you to take control'

Please click on this link for a video introduction to Dynamic Development and a learning path you can work through to use the ideas to really take ownership of your personal and professional development.
Please click this link for a video learning path showing you how to apply Dynamic Development principles to help you get 'The right job for you!'

OR read on...

From how we personalise our smart phone through to the growth in personalised medicine, in the modern world we are able to take ownership and make decisions relating to what works best for us.  This notion of adaptability also translates to employment where employers need people competent in situations but adaptable to a rapidly changing environment. Equally employees need to be able to take ownership of their own development in order to be adaptable and to better find their way through this dynamic employment environment.

However, in education (and more widely afield) we still retain a concept of skills development for people manifest most commonly in a practice of, here is a general list of the skills you need, obtained from talking with some employers and we will teach you these skills in a workshop setting and you will be, henceforth, skilled! This method is now very outdated, doesn’t begin to be able to capture and express the dynamic complexity of the 21st century employment environment, and job roles, is not easily adaptable, or personalisable and inherently works against an individual feeling a sense of ownership of their development. (Plus any list we give you created this way, is out of date before we give it to you!)

However there is another way, harnessing the potential of 'Big Data' in employability with digital transformation, more 'on-demand' resources and new approaches to professional development designed for the modern dynamic world. A world in which you will most likely have multiple careers, where you will change and evolve as a person, along with your circumstances and surroundings. There is no one list of skills we can give you for that. But we can teach you a model, tools and techniques so you can find your way in our dynamic world.

As we said, "It's time for you to take control".  To start learning more about how to do this you can keep reading on...


Please do download and read the Dynamic Development practitioner guide  , which provides a comprehensive explanation of the approach and the background to the development of the approach.


Dynamic development puts the researcher at the centre of their personal and professional development. In the practitioner guide we cover:

  • The 'catalyst' for the new approach
  • A challenge to the current model for researcher development
  • The ethos of dynamic development
  • The static and dynamic theoretical concept
  • Dispositional awareness
  • Situational awareness
  • Competence and capital
  • Resource examples to support facilitation

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Twitter: @Tony_Bromley

Presented at: Vitae Researcher Development International Conference 17th - 18th September 2018.