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Phd academic careers toolkit

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Developing your academic career plans as well as information on online resources to support you. …

Developing your academic career plans as well as information on online resources to support you.




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  • 1. An Academic Career - Your Toolkit Elizabeth Wilkinson University of Manchester Careers Service © Copyright rests with the authors. Please cite appropriately.
  • 2. What we’ll cover
    • “An Academic Career” - project
    • Get you to think about
      • Why you want an academic career
      • The challenges you’ll have to overcome
    • On-line resources available now, and to come
  • 3. “An Academic Career”
    • Project to support academic careers
    • Workshops – CVs and interviews workshops being delivered at the University of Manchester
    • Academic Careers website
      • open to all
      • text, video, downloadable resources
      • different information for different audiences (UG/Masters, PhD, post doc)
      • balance between encouragement and brutal honesty!
  • 4. Why is it needed?
    • Because this is what careers advisers see
    • Being really good at research and/or teaching is only the start
      • only a minority of PhDs make it to academic careers
  • 5. Starting points
    • PhD
    • Is an academic career for you?
    • Have you got what it takes?
    • Get on track for an academic career
    • Find your next position
    • Consider the alternatives
    • Research staff
    • Do you want to stay in academia?
    • How do you measure up against your peers?
    • What are you prepared to invest?
    • Find your next position
    • What are the alternatives?
  • 6. First question
    • What attracts you to an academic career?
  • 7. Second question
    • What are some of the biggest challenges you will face in becoming an academic?
  • 8. How do you stack up against your peers?
    • Who’s getting published?
    • Who else is out there?
    • University web pages
    • Biographies of conference presenters
    • If you don’t get a job you apply for – find out who did & what’s their reputation
  • 9. On-line resources: www.vitae.ac.uk www.vitae.ac.uk/policy-practice/200941/Database-of-career-stories.html Careers for researchers First destinations of PhDs and profiles
  • 10. Further on-line resources www.beyondthephd.co.uk – Humanities PhD careers (UK) http://sciencecareers.sciencemag.org / – Science PhD careers (US) www.jobs.ac.uk – Career development articles (UK) www.prospects.ac.uk/links/yourphd – PhD careers advice (UK)
  • 11. Coming soon … © Copyright rests with the authors. Please cite appropriately.

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