David Foster

Director of Career Development & Skills



Dr David Foster is Director of Career Development and Skills at University College Dublin. Recruited in 2009, David has transformed UCD Careers Network in terms of mission, scale and scope. In addition to leading the Careers Network at UCD Belfield, David co-manages the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School Careers Network.

In transforming career services, David introduced The CareerEDGE Model of Employability (Dacre-Pool, L. and Sewell, P. 2007) to underpin work programmes designed to enhance students’ self-efficacy and self-confidence. In addition to empowering students’ personal, career and professional development, Careers Network has been re-imagined and realigned to become a strategic asset at UCD, delivering on strategic ambitions around support for early stage researchers, the educational and student experience, engaging enterprise and enhancing student career progression and graduate outcomes.

Academically and professionally qualified, David holds a BSc in Psychology and Linguistics, a Graduate Diploma in Career Guidance, a MSc in Guidance and Counselling and a PhD exploring Career-Decision Making Self-Efficacy in undergraduates. Other practice based qualifications include a Certificate in Executive Coaching, British Psychological Society level A accreditation in Occupational Testing and level B in Occupational Personality. David holds a senior award from the City and Guilds of London in Leadership and Management (NFQ level 9).

An active contributor nationally and internationally, David has presented at conferences and served on working groups and committees of the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services and the Association of Higher Education Careers Services. Areas on contribution include Career Education and Employability, Research and Innovation and Quality Assurance. David is a Director on the Executive Board of AHECS and served as Deputy Chair from 2011-2013. David is a Member of the Institute of City and Guilds (MICG) and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

Areas of responsibility and interest

Employability and the curriculum/co-curriculum Role of self-efficacy, self-confidence and self-esteem in career development. Career theory

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