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Research Day (combined presentations)

  1. 1. Managing your careerKyanne SmithCentre for Career Development
  2. 2. Self knowledge - your skills and expertise, career values, goals and aspirations.The world of work - within your organisation, the labour market – local, national, international, your field/discipline.Life-long learning - identifying and attending to your own development throughout your careerConnections - your professional relationships and networksWork-life choices - identifying needs, options and transitionWellbeing and resilience - communication skills, influence, assertiveness, prioritisation, health and fitness 2
  3. 3. Crawford Research Day 2012The Academic Job MarketDr. Björn Dressel, Crawford School of Public Policy
  4. 4. Outline•  Things to Clarify Before you Start –  Understanding the Market –  What do I want?/Who am I?•  Planning & Timing Your Search –  Becoming a Job Candidate: Timetable –  How to find an Academic Job –  The Next step: The Application•  Making the Final Cut: What Now? –  Shortlist, Interview, Job Offer (or not)•  Further Readings
  5. 5. Things to Know Before you Start•  Understanding the Market –  The Changing Nature of Academic Careers –  The Hiring Institution’s Point of View•  What Do I want? –  The Academic Market: Pre-doc, Post-Doc, Full Time/Tenure Track, or part time/casual instruction? Research or teaching Institution (i.e. college)? Location? –  Back-up: the non/semi-academic market•  Who am I? –  How will I market myself? What is my expertise? –  How competitive am I? (and how can I still strengthen my candidature?) –  The Challenge/Opportunity of Being a Public Policy PhD
  6. 6. Planning & Timing your Search I•  Becoming a job candidate: Timetable –  2 years before: •  Familiarize yourself with important sources of job listings in your field •  Sit in on job talks in your department •  Apply for pre/post docs; attend conferences –  15 months before •  Stay focused on your PhD/ consider timing of completion •  Present work at conferences/discuss plans with advisor –  12-8 months before •  Finalize portfolio (vita, teaching statements, publications etc.) •  Finish your dissertation! –  6-4 months before •  Keep applying/look for back-up plan
  7. 7. Planning & Timing your Search II•  How to find an Academic Job? 1.  Use Advisors/Mentors (!) 2.  Websites/Listservers •  International: e.g.,; •  Australia: e.g.,; •  Professional Associations: e.g., APSA job listing etc. 3.  Newspapers (The Australian –Wed)/Career Services 4.  Networks: Peers, Departmental Colleagues, Conferences (e.g., pre-interviews)
  8. 8. Planning & Timing your Search III•  The Next Step: The Application 1.  Clarify the Selection Criteria •  What portfolio is expected? (e.g., cover letter, selection criteria, or teaching & research statements?) •  Be honest: How do I fit? 2.  Do Intelligence (via website, colleagues etc.) 3.  Apply! •  Be realistic but ambitious (15-20 applications not unusual) •  Give it your best (i.e. double-check application; put your best foot forward) 4.  (Moderate your Expectations)
  9. 9. I Made the Final Cut: What Now?•  Prepare for the Interview –  Clarify the Format (job talk, meeting with faculty, search committee etc.) –  Practice your job talk! (Give a Mock-Talk) –  Be prepared to answer questions about future research/teaching offerings etc. –  Present yourself as a good colleague•  Job Offers, Negotiations, Acceptances & Rejections –  Getting an Offer: No better time to negotiate! –  Getting a Rejection: Congratulate Yourself, Seek to Improve, Stay in Touch
  10. 10. Further Reading•  Behrends/Anthony, The PhD Handbook for the Academic Job Search: An owner’s manual for finding jobs (2012)•  Miller/Vick, The Academic Job Search Handbook (2008)•  Hume, Surviving your Academic Job Hunt: Advice for Humanities PhDs (2010)•  Formo/Reed, Job Search in Academe: How to Get the Position you Deserve (2011)•  Barnes, On the Market: Strategies for a Successful Academic Job Search (2007)
  11. 11. Fitrian ArdiansyahPhD Candidate, Crawford School of Public Policy,The Australian National University (ANU) at the Crawford School’s Research Day, Pictures: and http://ANU, 26 July 2012 p.11
  12. 12. •  Identify our “network cluster” •  Be present in our “network cluster” •  Give 100% & a little moreIn a “real” life •  Be consistent  keeping the network alive & •  Engage people, esp. who have different opinions/ backgrounds, in a web etc. p.12
  13. 13. Picture: my website: http://fitrianardiansyah.wordpress.comand follow me on twitter:@EcoFitrian p.13