Professional Development Program

Giving you the edge, helping build your potential

Thank you for this opportunity.  I genuinely hope that it continues for a very long time, so that students who were as lost as I was at the beginning can find enlightenment and grow.

- past PDP participant

What is the PDP?

"If it doesn't challenge you, it doesn't change you" - Fred DeVito

A unique opportunity available to you as a result of the voluntary contribution of the facilitators and mentors who are members of the Duval Senior Common Room. Similar programs run elsewhere command a considerable fee for participation. Successful completion of PDP activities also earns you credit towards the New England Award.

It's a brave new world! Self-driving cars, artificial intelligence, quantum computing — these are no longer the fantasies of sci-fi authors or Hollywood directors.

This is the reality of our future, and the future is almost here! The World Economic Forum says we’re on the cusp of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and you don’t need to have seen Steven Spielberg’s A.I Artificial Intelligence to know that this next one is going to change everything. As we look towards the future, it raises the question — what skills will we need to thrive in this exciting new world? The World Economic Forum has released The Future of Jobs report revealing the top 10 skills you’ll need by 2020. So strap yourself into the Delorean and rev up that flux capacitor. Let’s see what arsenal of skills the future demands of us!

On Friday 16th March the Duval Senior Common Room is hosting a Q&A presentation on 'The Future of Work' to find out whether robots will actually take all the jobs.

Everyone is invited to come along and find out. The session will be followed by pizza and conversation. This is a free event, courtesy of the Senior Common Room.

For more detailed personal development of skills to 'future-proof' your career, the Senior Common Room is offering a:


Date: TBC

Applications Close: TBC

Cost: TBC

  • This weekend will focus on preparing you to design a career that will successfully meet the demands of the changing nature of work. In this program, you will develop a Career Portfolio within your Personal Reflective Journal.
  • This program provides detailed information about what employers are looking for then using this information to build a winning résumé.  You will also gain experience in the types of tests you are likely to be set in a careers assessment centre; learn strategies for job-hunting; and develop your interview skills. Finally, you will be supported in developing your career aspirations through a series of mentoring conversations with members of the SCR.
  • Successful completion will earn 75 points towards the New England Award (NEA).

Not only have I learnt skills to help me study efficiently but I have also gained a different social perspective as I am more aware of my surroundings, and open, particularly in the way I interact with people.  All of these changes ultimately lead to a more successful and fulfilling approach to studying and having a career.

- past PDP participant

For more information and application forms please contact Ann Geake in the College Office on (02) 6773 6700 or email