The Sprint programme is an action-packed four-day programme for undergraduate women currently studying at the University, designed to help you take control of your personal development.

Our licensed trainers from the Careers and Employability Service will guide you through the programme where you will explore and develop your skills and increase your confidence in a safe environment. 

You will meet other like-minded undergraduates and industry professionals from a range of areas and a variety of backgrounds. 

This year, support has come from the University of Plymouth Business School and Enterprise Rent A Car.

The Sprint programme will help you:

  • Learn how to use your personal power and influence
  • identify your core values, attitudes and direction
  • manage your time effectively, learn how to cope with stress and change and foster a healthy lifestyle
  • engage with inspiring role models and industry professionals
  • build your image, networking skills and confidence.

Sprint – what a success!

The Sprint programme delivers outcomes that make a difference. These are the results from this year’s programme:

  • 91% agreed the course will enable students to make the best of themselves
  • 93% of students felt more optimistic and positive
  • 98% of students agreed that meeting and working with different women was helpful.
  • 91% agreed that they are more likely to approach challenges positively

  • 91% agreed that hearing from the guest speakers was beneficial

Emma, A Talent Acquisition Specialist, was one of our inspirational Guest Speakers from Enterprise-Rent-A-Car. Emma was a very motivated and enthusiastic role model for our students and offered a lot of career support. Emma spoke about her challenges as a women in a male dominated industry and inspired a lot of the students to never give up!


What students had to say

"Really inspiring. I gained so much from it in terms of networking, sharing experiences and self-confidence, I’m so grateful for the opportunity."

"I enjoyed learning skills I thought I already had but realised I had been addressing wrong. I enjoyed sharing experiences and discovering new strengths."

"I had an amazing time connecting and growing with the other incredible women on the programme. I learnt a lot about myself and how to present myself to others in a more positive light."

"I enjoyed the extensive workshop and applied what I learnt into my life."

"I learned a lot about myself, realised some things need to be said and sorted out. I also met great people."

"Overall the Sprint programme was very helpful in helping me understand strengths and weaknesses, also it is very empowering to be taught in a more holistic manner. Recommended for all genders."

"I absolutely loved the programme. I have made some amazing friends who I now socialise with outside of Sprint. I have really enjoyed having these sessions to focus on myself and my goals, providing advice and help to others. The programme has taught me so much and I would do it all over again."

What is the role of the sponsor? 

This can be negotiated but the organisation typically provides:

  •  Funding towards the cost of running the programme
  •  Three Inspirational speakers for each of the days
  • Two/ three panel members for the final day
  • Provision of logo to put on feature on the website and in marketing

When I started the Sprint programme I had no idea the impact it would have on my personal and professional life. It gave me insight into my motivation, goals and values that I didn’t know I needed. Over 18 months after the programme ended I still practise skills it gave me on a daily basis. I would highly recommend joining this programme!”

Caitlin Mitchell – MEng (Hons) Civil Engineering

Caitlin with her National Women in Property Student Award

What our previous Sprint participants have said about the programme...

"Sprint helped me work out my values and what is important to me right now to make the most of my career and my personal life."

"My highlights were the inspiration from the speakers, the core values module. the power module and meeting other STEM students - all females."

"I enjoyed having time to identify what I value, and creating future career goals in line with this."

"It was very helpful and too much to summarise in a few words. A lot of amazing ladies coming together to learn from each other and support each other, develop themselves, network and achieve their goals!"

Employability skills development

Check out the other employability skills development activities that are available to help you develop vital employability skills and boost your career confidence.

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