SOAS University of London

Careers Service


Workshops on topics related to career planning, key skills and job applications run on Tuesdays in the Careers Seminar Room, SL62 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.

Spring Term

Presentation Skills for PhD Researchers - Tuesday 22nd Jan 1-2.30pm 

This workshop aimed at PhD Researchers focuses on developing and practicing skills. It will cover theoretical ground, and will also provide you with a number of useful tips about puitting presentations together and their successful delivery.

Bookings now open.

Academic Careers Panel - Tuesday 5th Feb 1-2.30pm 

Are you thinking about your next steps after your PhD? Or curious about working in academia? We will have a panel of speakers at different stages in their careers like Post Docs, First Lectureships, and Teaching Fellowships.

Bookings now open.

Researcher Careers Panel - Tuesday 19th Feb 1-2.30pm 

Are you thinking about your next steps after your PhD? Or curious about working in sectors where your research skills will be valued? At this event we will have a panel of speakers with experience working in a range of different sectors, to give you an insight into careers for researchers beyond academia.

Bookings now open.

Autumn Term

Academic Career Planning - Tuesday 09th October 1-2.30pm

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. In order to move up the ladder you are expected to undertake an increasing number of activities both within and outside the university and become progressively more internationally renowned. This workshop will help you gain an understanding of what those activities are. In the second of this two part workshop we will address how you can plan ahead to enhance your eligibility for such a role.

Learning outcomes:

  • have a basic knowledge of the requirements for a successful academic career
  • be able to identify appropriate and useful sources of information regarding academic career progression and formulate effective questions to gain insight
  • be able to identify and take action that is appropriate to their own situation

This workshop is open to all PhDs, but mainly suitable for those in the early stages of their career.

Bookings now open

Academic CVs and Applications  Tuesday 23rd October  1-2.30pm

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.

Learning outcomes:

  • understand the basics of creating good academic CVs and applications

Bookings now open

Interview Skills for Academic Jobs  Tuesday 20th November  1-2.30pm

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.

Learning outcomes:

  • understand what a recruiter might want to know
  • examine how their skills and experience can be marketed in person
  • construct answers that provide the information in a way that is appreciated by a recruiter

Bookings now open

To book a place on an event, you will need to click on the event link that takes you to our careers management system, CareersZONE. If it is your first time, you will be redirected to the portal and once in the system you will be asked to update your profile. This will allow you to receive information and opportunities targeted to your current preferences. Please note: you will only need to do this once, and is separate to Careers Registration data that you were asked to complete at enrolment.

The registration for each workshop will open about 2-3 weeks before the date and you will be notified by email.