Life after your PhD Ron Culley
Outline of Discussion <ul><li>Background </li></ul><ul><li>Life Beyond Academia </li></ul><ul><li>First Steps </li></ul><u...
Background <ul><li>1995-1999: Undergrad @ Strathclyde Uni </li></ul><ul><li>1999-2000: Travelled </li></ul><ul><li>2000-20...
Preparing for life outside academia <ul><li>Decided against academia </li></ul><ul><li>Diversified my work experience </li...
First Steps <ul><li>Variously applied to work for:  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Civil Service Fast Stream </li></ul></ul><ul><ul...
Scottish Refugee Council
Economic Development
COSLA <ul><li>What do we do? </li></ul><ul><li>Who works for COSLA?  </li></ul><ul><li>How do we influence? </li></ul><ul>...
COSLA <ul><li>Personal Progression: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Policy Officer (2006) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Policy Manager ...
What does a PhD buy you? <ul><li>Authority? </li></ul><ul><li>Fast Track? </li></ul><ul><li>Money? </li></ul><ul><li>Kudos...
Marketable skills <ul><li>Intellectual Curiosity  </li></ul><ul><li>Analytical Capacity </li></ul><ul><li>Organisational S...
Reflections on work <ul><li>Know what you want </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Academia or not? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Desk job ...
Questions [email_address]
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Ron Culley

  1. 1. Life after your PhD Ron Culley
  2. 2. Outline of Discussion <ul><li>Background </li></ul><ul><li>Life Beyond Academia </li></ul><ul><li>First Steps </li></ul><ul><li>Work Experiences </li></ul><ul><li>Lessons Learned </li></ul>
  3. 3. Background <ul><li>1995-1999: Undergrad @ Strathclyde Uni </li></ul><ul><li>1999-2000: Travelled </li></ul><ul><li>2000-2004: PhD @ Glasgow Uni </li></ul><ul><li>SAAS Grant </li></ul><ul><li>Political philosophy, Dept. Politics (Mike Lessnoff) </li></ul>
  4. 4. Preparing for life outside academia <ul><li>Decided against academia </li></ul><ul><li>Diversified my work experience </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Childline; tutoring; wider access; EFL </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Evidenced added value of PhD to prospective employers </li></ul>
  5. 5. First Steps <ul><li>Variously applied to work for: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Civil Service Fast Stream </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Information Commissioner </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Oxfam </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Scottish Refugee Council
  7. 7. Economic Development
  8. 8. COSLA <ul><li>What do we do? </li></ul><ul><li>Who works for COSLA? </li></ul><ul><li>How do we influence? </li></ul><ul><li>Why do our members need COSLA? </li></ul><ul><li>Where do we operate? </li></ul>
  9. 9. COSLA <ul><li>Personal Progression: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Policy Officer (2006) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Policy Manager (2007) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Head of Health and Social Care ( 2008) </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. What does a PhD buy you? <ul><li>Authority? </li></ul><ul><li>Fast Track? </li></ul><ul><li>Money? </li></ul><ul><li>Kudos? </li></ul>
  11. 11. Marketable skills <ul><li>Intellectual Curiosity </li></ul><ul><li>Analytical Capacity </li></ul><ul><li>Organisational Skills: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Planning and execution </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Autonomous working </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Communication Skills: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Debate and argument </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reports and the written word </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Reflections on work <ul><li>Know what you want </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Academia or not? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Desk job or people job? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Money, location, sector, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Skills Gap </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstrate added value; don’t rely on title </li></ul>
  13. 13. Questions [email_address]

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