The Brightwings course was incredibly helpful to me and I am sure to everyone else who had the privilege of attending. Over the course of the week, I got to learn more about myself and my values, as well as how to use that knowledge. As a graduate who is looking to transition into a new phase of life, I definitely had a sharper understanding of what I needed to look out for and do in terms of planning my career and managing projects that will come up. Having spent years in academia, the course also reminded me that to be a successful academic, student or employee doesn't just involve intelligence or hard work, but also a holistic and strategic response to self-development. I would definitely recommend it!
Chloe, Masters student, University of Oxford
Within my college, I organise a leadership programme myself and, throughout my time at university, I have participated in many a course on employability skills. None of them has brought together such an array of important tools and addressed personal development in as holistic and interactive a way as Brightwings. What makes this course powerful is that it is built with the immediate application of new knowledge at its core. Not only do the trainers convey academically-founded and personal insights in a way that appeals to people of different learning habits and professional ambitions, but they also give students the chance to practice new skills straight away and to receive constructive feedback.
The course is well paced and includes time for introspection as well as time for group work. It highlights how professional “success" is often not accidental but requires a great amount of self-awareness, clear goals and a handful of skills that are often overlooked in similar courses. Having completed the Brightwings course, I now have a better understanding of the unique skillset that I can contribute within my team, am more aware of my personal leadership tendencies and their associated pitfalls, and have more and sharper tools to help me realise my ambitious goals. I especially credit the many opportunities to practice new skills and the honest feedback provided throughout the course with these substantial take-aways.
Angelika, PhD student, University of Oxford
My week with Brightwings Education was by far the most useful training course of my PhD. It is so different from other courses because it actually works! I think this can be attributed to a number of factors, for example the course is very well structured with a mixture of engaging presentations, interactive sessions to practice the skills you have learned and individual time for reflection. The course is also led with a great deal of enthusiasm and the small numbers mean you receive a lot of attention with frequent opportunities for development. The intimate environment also cultivates a supportive atmosphere where you build strong friendships and feel comfortable developing your weaknesses.
Further to this, the Brightwings Education course covers a broad range of unique topics, such as: identifying your values, developing your USP & personal brand, enhancing your productivity and developing skills in project management, leadership and communication. What is important is that the length of the course provides scope for each of these topics to be covered in great depth, whereby each skill is broken down into easy-to-understand concepts. Overall this means that you leave Brightwings feeling thoroughly enriched and with a better understanding of yourself and how to work effectively and efficiently in a professional environment.
Frances, PhD student, University of Oxford