The first phase of the Life Design process allows your students to identify their values, skills and experiences. The result of this phase is a snapshot of their current situation that can be used to help figure out what changes are necessary for to design your ideal life.



The second phase encourages students to consider their aspirations by dreaming big and exploring possible future scenarios. This phase results in a summary describing your current situation, a dream situation and an outline of some of the steps identified to close this gap.



Phase 3 allows your students to identify specific actions to take in order to close the gap between where they are now and where they want to be. The result of this phase is a clear plan that outlines everything they want to achieve in the near future.



The fourth phase in the Life Design process is where you provide the signposts necessary for your students to go out there and engage with the opportunities available to them across your institution.

Now you can plan, organise and teach this method


What is Life Design?

Life Design is a new approach to student futures that uses applied design thinking to support students in identifying their individual values and dreams, raising their confidence and aspirations, articulating their skills and achievements and promoting the opportunities available to them.

It aims to provide safe environments in which students can feel empowered to actively consider their future and formulate informed decisions. Life Design is a holistic approach to student futures – taking into account students’ whole life needs rather than taking a narrow focus on career or ‘employability’.

Find Out More


The Life Design Hub is an online platform built to support the dissemination of Life Design across FE and HE institutions. It allows educators with an interest in empowering their students to take full advantage of the tailored resources and the community we have built. The Hub contains three main sections; knowledge, ethos and resources.


Visual explanations of the core principles underpinning Life Design, including positive psychology and design thinking & an online forum to share your experiences and knowledge with other educators delivering the program.


The Hub includes the resources necessary for you to plan, schedule and deliver a Life Design workshop. This includes downloadable worksheets, video breakdowns for each exercise, promotional material, email templates, sign-up sheets and feedback forms.


Life Design is value-driven, driven by a desire to support and empower students. The Hub includes an outline of the values behind the Life Design process.

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