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CAREER DEVELOPMENT 
FOR PHD STUDENTS 
DAH INSTITUTE 2014 
UCC Careers Service
Activity
Expectations 
Whose expectations should you be taking 
into account in your decision making?
Feedback 
Who is in the best position to give you 
neutral, constructive feedback on your 
ideas?
Support 
What kind of support do you need now and 
in the future? How could you get that 
support?
Modelling 
Where can you find role models for your 
future career direction? 
Who has faced similar challenges?
Information 
Who may have the information you need in 
order to better understand your options?
Beliefs 
•What observations do you use to predict 
what will occur in the future? Or in other 
environments? 
•Do you need...
A PhD Graduate with career 
management skills will be able to: 
 Demonstrate an awareness of transferable skills and thei...
What can Humanities PhDs offer 
the world? 
 PhD graduates of AHSS are well placed to: 
 Address social, civic and econo...
Drivers of Change
Career Management Today 
“Planned Happenstance”: Creating unexpected opportunities 
 Five qualities needed to recognize, ...
Chaos Theory and Careers 
 Accept that career planning is a complex process. So look for patterns, 
look for connections,...
Thinking of broadening your 
horizons? 
 Some things you’ll probably need – and 
demonstrate: 
 Genuine career motivatio...
Today, I hope you will leave 
with... 
 ONE person whose opinions matter to you. 
 ONE person you will contact for neutr...
And one list of helpful 
resources! 
 http://fromphdtolife.com/resources/ 
 http://chronicle.com/article/The-PhDs-Guide-...
www.ucc.ie/careers
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UCC Career Services, "'Career development of PhDs'" at DAH Institute 2014

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The Digital Arts and Humanities structured PhD programme hosted its annual Institute in University College Cork, 3-4 September 2014. The theme, "Reflecting on Transformations: careers, disciplines, and methods" reflects the significant transformations that have taken place in the arts and humanities over the last number of decades.

This two day event included presentations by students as well as international and national speakers from the digital arts and humanities community as well as practical sessions on digital preservation and project management.

Deirdre Parker, Career Advisor, at University College Cork, presented 'Career development of PhDs'

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UCC Career Services, "'Career development of PhDs'" at DAH Institute 2014

  1. 1. CAREER DEVELOPMENT FOR PHD STUDENTS DAH INSTITUTE 2014 UCC Careers Service
  2. 2. Activity
  3. 3. Expectations Whose expectations should you be taking into account in your decision making?
  4. 4. Feedback Who is in the best position to give you neutral, constructive feedback on your ideas?
  5. 5. Support What kind of support do you need now and in the future? How could you get that support?
  6. 6. Modelling Where can you find role models for your future career direction? Who has faced similar challenges?
  7. 7. Information Who may have the information you need in order to better understand your options?
  8. 8. Beliefs •What observations do you use to predict what will occur in the future? Or in other environments? •Do you need to expand or test those informal theories?
  9. 9. A PhD Graduate with career management skills will be able to:  Demonstrate an awareness of transferable skills and their applicability to academic and non-academic roles  Take ownership of personal career management, forming credible career plans  Initiate and sustain networks and relationships that may encourage opportunities for employment  Present themselves to prospective employers through effective job applications, CVs and interviews  Understand the broadest possible range of employment opportunities  Irish Universities’ PhD Graduate Skills Statement, 2007
  10. 10. What can Humanities PhDs offer the world?  PhD graduates of AHSS are well placed to:  Address social, civic and economic issues  Equip employers and employees with key communication and analytical skills as well  Stimulate imagination and criticism  Facilitate problem-solving “Playing to Our Strengths” (HEA, 2009)
  11. 11. Drivers of Change
  12. 12. Career Management Today “Planned Happenstance”: Creating unexpected opportunities  Five qualities needed to recognize, create, and use chance as career * Mitchell, Levin and Krumboltz, 1999 opportunities:  1. Curiosity: exploring new learning opportunities  2. Persistence: exerting effort despite setbacks  3. Flexibility: changing attitudes to circumstances  4. Optimism: viewing new opportunities as attainable  5. Risk Taking: taking action in the face of uncertainty
  13. 13. Chaos Theory and Careers  Accept that career planning is a complex process. So look for patterns, look for connections, look for meaning. What do you enjoy? Where do you get your energy? What has been the source of your success so far?  Accept that you don't control ALL the variables. Developments will impact your career that are beyond your control... Control what you can.  Accept that life isn't always linear. The "5 steps to the perfect job" plan won’t always work. Sometimes jobs come along at the most unexpected places and times. You can work on different steps at the same time.  Helpful Resource:  “You Majored in What? Mapping Your Path from Chaos to Career”, by Katherine Brooks
  14. 14. Thinking of broadening your horizons?  Some things you’ll probably need – and demonstrate:  Genuine career motivation  Adaptability  Tenacity  Empathy and interpersonal skills  Team skills  Commercial awareness  Language skills  IT skills
  15. 15. Today, I hope you will leave with...  ONE person whose opinions matter to you.  ONE person you will contact for neutral, constructive feedback.  ONE support that you will need now and in the future (this can be a person/thing/network).  ONE role model you can learn from  ONE potential source of relevant information.  ONE observation to test/challenge.
  16. 16. And one list of helpful resources!  http://fromphdtolife.com/resources/  http://chronicle.com/article/The-PhDs-Guide-to- a/143715/  http://cheekyscientist.com/  www.vitae.ac.uk  www.beyondthephd.com  www.prospects.ac.uk  www.gradireland.com
  17. 17. www.ucc.ie/careers

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