During her studies at Boğaziçi University, Department of Philosophy, she worked as a volunteer at The Foundation for Children with Leukemia (LÖSEV) and The Hope Foundation for Children with Cancer (KAÇUV). After her graduation, she worked professionally for The Spinal Cord Paralytics Association of Turkey on national and European Union projects. Then she earned her master’s degree in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of East London and wrote her dissertation on self-compassion. After returning to Turkey, she conducted long-term workshops on self-compassion at Boğaziçi University Guidance and Psychological Counseling Center (BÜREM) and Koç University Guidance Services (KURES). Also she participated in numerous trainings related to her field of study, including; “Mindful Self-Compassion Intensive Training” (Netherlands), “Search Inside Yourself” (Ireland), “Mindfulness in Organizations and Leadership Teams” (UK), “Introduction to Compassion Focused Therapy” (Sweden), “Advanced Training of Compassion-Focused Therapy – Clinical Skills” (UK).
In addition to her academic career, Aydan Bayır-Toper has been working as a course leader at the Istanbul branch of The School of Life, a London-based educational company, since 2015. She has given trainings to recognized companies such as Bosch, 3M, Unilever, Pfizer, Yapı Kredi, Danone, Akbank. She is also continuing her doctoral studies at the Centre for Research in Human Flourishing, University of Nottingham. Her research area is authenticity and its implications for higher education.