Pathways to Success

"Believe in your many strengths and follow the pathway that benefits you".


Begun in October 2014, the award winning Pathway to Success programme is a four-week programme that empowers students to take time for themselves and look at what they want from their life. The core learning outcomes are increasing wellbeing, resilience, motivation, self-esteem, self-confidence, goal-setting skills, and self-awareness. All of which are necessary components of student engagement and success.  Those who attend the four weeks are presented with a 'Certificate of Completion for a CV and receive credits towards the DCU Engagement Bronze Award (UG) or Career Development Pods (PG). 

Out of 205 respondents who completed the programme, 67% mentioned the programme increased their motivation, 74% increased their goal-setting skills, 52% increased self-belief and 50% increased self-awareness.  Additionally, 82% of attendees gave the programme 8 or more out of 10.

"Thank you so much for everything. I wasn't sure what to expect from the course, but I feel I gained some excellent insights and hope to go back to my workbook in the future to refresh my learning. Top marks for the transition to working online!" (Student participating online).  Video Testimonial from Former DCU SU President, Niall Behan

Pathways to Success Programme Outline

Pathways to Success Programme

Week 1

Beginning your Journey / Finding Your Way  

  • Achieve greater awareness and understanding of what success means to you.
  • Use the Wheel of Life to review your life.
  • Identify actions that you would like to work on in the short term.
  • Practice living in the present.
Pathways to Success Programme

Week 2

Building Structure / Setting Goals     

  • Create a personal plan to succeed at university.
  • Identify what you value in life.
  • Map out a long-term goal.
  • Establish strategies to stay on track with actions and goals.
Pathways to Success Programme

Week 3

Building Confidence and Growth Mindset

  • Learn how to switch negative thoughts to positive thoughts and support your goals.
  • Practice setting healthy boundaries which enhance your self-worth and self-esteem.
  • Learn tools to build confidence and to stay strong during challenging times. 


Pathways to Success Programme

Week 4

Growing Your Strengths / Achieving your Goals     

  • Identify and examine your strengths.
  • Reward progress.
  • Learn how to use your strengths to achieve your goals in life.
  • Create a Success Bank for progress and rewards.
Pathways to Success Programme

Pathways to Success is an initiative of the DCU Student Coaching Programme.

The Pathways to Success programme along with all student coaching initiatives were awarded 2nd place in The Education Awards 2021 (Communication and Engagement). The programme was also a finalist for the DCU Presidents Awards 2020. 

Date: Wednesday 26th Jan, 2nd, 9th and 16th February 2022

Time: 1.00pm - 2.00pm


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Date: Tuesday 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd March

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Date: Thursday 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th March

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Host: Student Support & Development

Contact: 01 700 7165