SOAS University of London

Careers Service

Workshops

Workshops on topics related to career planning, key skills and job applications run on Thursdays 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. 

Summer Term

Interview skills – academic and non-academic jobs  
Thursday 21st April 1-3pm
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. 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. The focus will be on interview techniques and you will have an opportunity to practice your interview skills.

Registration now open

Academic applications and CVs (repeat)
Thursday 5 May 1-3pm
In this workshop we will look at the more practical aspects of making yourself eligible for an academic career and applying for positions, including identifying where the jobs are and how to apply. We will explore what makes a good curriculum vitae or application for an academic role. 

You will be required to bring your own academic CV to this workshop.

Registration now open

Careers After the PhD: Outside Academia (panel discussion)
Thursday 9 June  11am-1pm
An increasing number for doctoral researchers aim for a career outside academia after their PhD. This event is to help those who are considering a non-academic career path where their research and transferrable skills gained during their PhD will be important.

A panel of PhD holders working in roles and organisations that would be of interest to SOAS researchers will talk about their career path, current work and recruitment issues. Among the organisations represented will be Foreign & Commonwealth Office, British Library and National Institute of Economic & Social Research  (NIESR).

Registration now open

Effective non-academic applications and CVs (repeat)
Thursday 23 June 1-3pm
This workshop will examine how to determine what a recruiter looks for in a CV/application form 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.

Please note:   You can bring along you own non-academic CV as there will be opportunity for feedback when working with CV examples.

REGISTRATION WILL OPEN 2nd JUNE

To register for any of the above workshops, you will need to complete an online registration form. Room location will be given on registration. The registration for each workshop will open about 2-3 weeks before the date and you will be notified by email.

Spring Programme

Presentation skills I (Theory) - with SOAS Doctoral School
Thursday 14th January 1-3pm     
In most careers you will be required at some time to present your work or your ideas, your product or your organisation to others. This workshop aims to improve awareness of the different aspects of presenting. The presentation skills workshop is run in two separate sessions. The first part (this workshop) covers a theoretical ground and will provide you with a number of useful tips about putting presentations together and about delivery. In the second part you will be putting the theoretical knowledge into practice.

Registration now open

Presentation skills II (Practice)  - with SOAS Doctoral School  
Thursday 21st January 1-3pm   
The second part of the presentation skills workshop provides you with an opportunity to put the theoretical knowledge about presentation skills into practice in a safe environment. You will be required to give a short (5 min) PowerPoint presentation about your PhD research. You will be given feedback on your performance by your peers and the workshop leaders.

Please note: Only students who attended the first part of the workshop will be able to attend this second part (maximum 6 places).

Registration now open

Career planning beyond academia    
Thursday 28th January 1-3pm    
Your PhD provides you with in-depth knowledge of your field and a wide range of research skills, but also with a number of transferrable skills. All of these may be very useful if you decide to pursue a non-academic career. In this workshop we will explore various tools for making career decisions, discuss how your current skills can be useful in non-academic careers, how PhD graduates are viewed by non-academic employers and where to look for opportunities.

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Academic careers day       
Wednesday 10th February
What is required for a successful academic career? The most obvious factors are the ability to carry out good research and to teach, but there are many others that are less obvious. These can often only be discovered by hearing from people who are engaged with the profession. This event will include talks by senior academics from SOAS and discussions with academics who are at the start of their career. The programme for the day will be issued closer to the event.

Registration now open

Networking skills  
Thursday 25th February 1-3pm   
Networking is a crucial skill, both for career progression and for building an understanding of how the field and those who work within it operate. For some, it is a simple, straightforward and enjoyable activity. For others it has very negative connotations. However, to be successful, all of us need to engage in this activity at least some of the time. This workshop examines approaches to view networking as a positive activity and looks at how to do it more effectively, naturally and confidently.

Registration now open

Effective non-academic applications and CVs
Thursday 3rd March 1-3pm
This workshop will examine how to determine what a recruiter looks for in a CV/application form 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.
Please note:   The focus will be on non-academic CVs. Academic CVs are covered in another workshop.

Registration now open

To register for any of the above workshops, you will need to complete an online registration form. Room location will be given on registration. The registration for each workshop will open about 2-3 weeks before the date and you will be notified by email.

Autumn Programme

How to make the most of your PhD:Thinking of your career early 
(targeted for Year 1 and Year 2 doctoral researchers)
Thursday 22nd October 1-3pm 
The main focus of your PhD will be on researching your field and producing a thesis, but this is not all you can get out of your time at SOAS. The job market is challenging both in academia and outside, and so it is a good idea to start preparing early. This workshop looks at other aspects of a PhD and how you can use your experience to enhance your longer term prospects. It will also consider some of the factors people need to reflect on when choosing a career. 

Registration now open

Academic career planning
Thursday 12th November 1-3pm
What are your options in academia after completing your PhD? What is required for a successful academic career? The most obvious factors are the ability to carry out good research and to teach, but there are many others that are less obvious. This workshop will help you gain an understanding of what those activities are.

Registration now open

Academic applications and CVs
Thursday 19th November 1-3pm
In this workshop we will look at the more practical aspects of making yourself eligible for an academic career and applying for positions, including identifying where the jobs are and how to apply. We will explore what makes a good curriculum vitae or application for an academic role. 
You will be required to bring your own CV to this workshop.

Registration now open

To register for any of the above workshops, you will need to complete an online registration form. Room location will be given on registration. The registration for each workshop will open about 2-3 weeks before the date and you will be notified by email.