Workshops on topics related to career planning, key skills and job applications run on Thursdays or Fridays throughout the year. These workshops provide the opportunity for learning in a group environment and cover issues around planning careers both in an academic environment and beyond, making connections and applying successfully for jobs.
Here is a list of our upcoming workshops:
Thursday 27 February 1-3pm
Effective non-academic applications and CVs
CVs (Curriculum Vitae) and application forms are the method of choice used when recruiting new staff. In many cases they may be the first piece of information that a recruiter will obtain about you. It is therefore crucial that they are composed in such a way as to appeal to the recruiter and help them to appreciate how you would fit that job. The way in which a CV is constructed will vary greatly depending on the type of job, the experience of the candidate and the country of application. This workshop will examine how to determine what a recruiter looks for and how to target your own skills and experience to that role. It will also look at different styles of CV and how CVs differ between academia and jobs outside academia. N.B. the focus will be on CVs outside of academia. Academic CVs are covered in other workshops.
Thursday 6 March 1-3pm
Interview skills – academic and non-academic jobs
Recruitment processes can take a variety of different forms and include multiple tasks such as in tray exercises, aptitude tests and group exercises alongside the traditional question and answer interview. The traditional approach is still widely used and can be the most nerve-wracking. In order to perform well it helps to have some understanding of what the process might involve, for example what kind of questions might come up, what might the recruiters want to know and how can this information be best presented. This workshop aims to help you demystify (academic and non-academic) interviews and appreciate the different ways in which you can make a positive impression on a recruiter.
Thursday 13 March 1-3pm
Those trained in research have many options for obtaining income. One of these is to undertake work as a consultant in their field. This can be done independently, or, for those who are also interested in pursuing an academic career, it can be done alongside with the added benefit of promoting the university. Working as a consultant can also benefit you by enabling you to develop useful skills you might not otherwise acquire. Different consultancy projects require different levels of expertise, so as a PhD student or postdoctoral researcher being asked to carry out this work you would need to know what level is required. This workshop aims to demystify consultancy and to enable you to identify which consultancy work might be suitable for you and how to get it.
How to book your place
To register for any of the above workshops, please complete our online booking form.
PLEASE NOTE: To register for the Academic Careers Day you must use this separate online booking form. Thank you.
All workshops unless stated otherwise will take place in Room 4429 (Main College Buildings).