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  • TB The first is really about thinking about yourself…mainly about the types of skills and expert knowledge that you have developed during your PhD. Begin to identify and articulate these skills/this knowledge. Think about the activities that you need to get involved in to maximise your chances of securing a position that is right for you. Many people think that a PhD is enough in itself but that it is not so. Both academic employers and employers in a wider context like a broad range of skills and expertise.
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  • CALUM Two other skills that are imperative for a successful career are networking and managerial skills. Although networking has sycophantic connotations, it will ultimately prove useful. If you talk to others you will be able to get a lot of information you might not otherwise have, eg when that prime job is to be adverstised, what is the best time to submit that grant/paper eg everyone tries to get their paper accepted by the end of the year so there is more competition in December, what your competitors are doing. If you leave a good impression, people will remember you when it comes to thinking of potential seminar speakers (more exposure), lab to which they send their good PhD students as postdocs (good staff), potential collaborator (more papers). Suggest – start networking – fill in details on page will pass around so can network & support each other from today To have a successful lab you need to be a successful manager, getting the best out of your staff so that they generate good papers for you and spread the word that yours is a good lab to work in. You’ll be managing a variety of people at several different levels, which will detract from you doing your own benchwork. BUT, you are your own best resource at the beginning, so you need to be able to continue researching without ignoring your staff! Coffee
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  • History Career Talk

    1. 1. Thinking about your career? History Postgraduate Researchers Dr. Tracy Bussoli Careers Consultant for Researchers Dr. Rhodri Hayward
    2. 2. What will we cover? <ul><li>A bit about career planning </li></ul><ul><li>Academic Careers and funding–Rhodri Hayward </li></ul><ul><li>Alternative Careers </li></ul>
    3. 3. Current Career Climate <ul><li>Disintegration of old work models (globalisation, recession, changing markets etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Increasing competition in academia as funding streams change. REF - The bar is rising and demands on research output/quality are higher than ever – Plan B? </li></ul><ul><li>People are increasingly having a number of jobs and careers over their lifetime. Adaptability: goal is to remain employable by collecting attractive skills and experiences. </li></ul>
    4. 4. Career Planning and Management Self Awareness Who am I? e.g. What skills/knowledge do I have? Research What’s out there? e.g. The labour market: academic positions, NGOs, think tanks Action Plan How do I get there? e.g. Activities to get involved in now. Review, evaluate, adjust depending on your satisfaction and changing labour market
    5. 5. Self Awareness <ul><li>A PhD enhances your CV and gives you high-level transferable skills. Think about what they are and learn to articulate them. </li></ul><ul><li>What type of job will suit you? Working environment/culture, hours, academic stimulation, autonomy, etc. </li></ul>
    6. 6. Research Your Career Options and The Labour Market <ul><li>Time to research different jobs/sectors </li></ul><ul><li>Making a transition from the academic sector to another sector/role is challenging and takes longer than you think. Find out how people have made the transition. </li></ul>
    7. 7. Action Plan <ul><li>Start now…don’t put it off! </li></ul><ul><li>Pursuing a career (academic or not) is an active process. Ensure that you have some plans....they can change! </li></ul><ul><li>Look at some of the gaps in your CV and start to put together a plan for how to bridge them. </li></ul><ul><li>Keep options open and have a good spread of activities. </li></ul>
    8. 8. Plan A Academic Careers
    9. 9. Career Aspirations of PhD s PRES 2011: http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/assets/documents/postgraduate/PRES_report_2011.pdf
    10. 10. What academic employers look for <ul><li>Publications, publications, publications - ! </li></ul><ul><li>Review books for journals, publish articles in book chapters and refereed journals. </li></ul><ul><li>Understand REF: What standard does my research output need to be? 3* and 4*? </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.hefce.ac.uk/research/ref/ </li></ul><ul><li>Understand the nature of HE funding </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.hefce.ac.uk/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/ </li></ul>
    11. 11. What academic employers look for <ul><li>Research experience especially on funded projects, get experience of research as an ORA, RA or RO </li></ul><ul><li>Relevant teaching experience e.g. GTA, teaching qualification, designing courses, supervising coursework/dissertation, examining/assessing student work. </li></ul>
    12. 12. Underrated Skills <ul><li>Networking </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Colleagues in your institution </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Other researchers in your field </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Journal editors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Funding bodies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Professional bodies </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Managerial </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Technicians and Research Assistants </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PhD students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Postdocs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Undergraduate students </li></ul></ul>
    13. 14. Plan B Alternative Careers
    14. 15. Alternative Careers - employers look for <ul><li>High level transferable skills – analysis, communication, project management etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Relevant knowledge of/to the sector </li></ul><ul><li>Real world wants less detail than a PhD! – can you adapt? </li></ul><ul><li>Understanding of non-academic sector culture and values </li></ul>
    15. 16. Alternative Careers - by sector <ul><li>3rd Sector - research, policy development </li></ul><ul><li>Public Sector </li></ul><ul><li>Think Tanks and Interest Groups </li></ul><ul><li>Public Affairs - lobbying, PR </li></ul><ul><li>Specialist Consultancies </li></ul><ul><li>NGOs and IOs </li></ul><ul><li>Private - corporates </li></ul>
    16. 17. Alternative Careers -by role <ul><li>Researcher/analyst </li></ul><ul><li>Writing/editing </li></ul><ul><li>Project management/evaluation </li></ul><ul><li>Communications – lobbying, training, facilitation, liaison, diplomacy </li></ul><ul><li>Other sector roles – consultant, trader, HR manager etc. </li></ul>
    17. 20. Jobs Beyond Academia <ul><li>Museum Collections Manager </li></ul><ul><li>Investigations Executive examining advertising complaints </li></ul><ul><li>Office Team Leader in Customer Services </li></ul><ul><li>Part Time Examinations Assistant </li></ul><ul><li>Fraud Prevention Manager </li></ul>
    18. 21. Alternative Careers –what can you do now? <ul><li>Research your sector </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Know the jobs, internships, employers, clients, consultancy work </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Identify and learn how to articulate your strengths </li></ul><ul><li>Start to identify gaps in your CV and start to bridge them </li></ul><ul><li>Build your network in the sector </li></ul><ul><li>Consider what you would bring as a PhD grad – start building an identity </li></ul>
    19. 22. Alternative Careers –what can you do now? <ul><li>Gain wider experience in key skill areas, e.g. writing, facilitation, project management </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on developing new skills </li></ul><ul><li>Make part-time work or casual jobs count </li></ul>
    20. 23. Translate your Skills for non-academic employers <ul><li>Scholarship = planning, research ability, creativity, analysis, fieldwork </li></ul><ul><li>Academic Rigour = continual scrutiny, quality control, quality assurance </li></ul><ul><li>Lecturing, Giving Seminars = presenting </li></ul><ul><li>Tutoring = motivating, monitoring </li></ul><ul><li>Examining, Marking Essays = appraising, assessing </li></ul>
    21. 24. Translate your Skills for non-academic employers <ul><li>Thesis, articles = reports, publications </li></ul><ul><li>Supervising = instructing, training, communication skills </li></ul><ul><li>Research Group = Teamwork, creativity </li></ul><ul><li>Surveys, Fieldwork = Project management, problem solving </li></ul><ul><li>Multi-disciplinary = Flexibility, versatility, lateral thinking </li></ul>
    22. 26. Careers Support for PhDs <ul><li>One to one advice for academic and non-academic careers (call Careers 8533) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>CVs, cover letters, application forms </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interviews, presentations, assessment centres </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Career planning and job search </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Careers Seminars, Workshops and Events </li></ul><ul><li>Careers Blog </li></ul><ul><li>http:// qmresearcher.wordpress.com / </li></ul>