Phd academic careers toolkit

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




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Phd academic careers toolkit

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

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