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History Career Talk

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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>

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