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

Thur 27 April 1-3pm Interview skills for 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.  This workshop aims to help you demystify 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. 

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Thur 11 May 1-2.30pm Careers After the PhD: Outside Academia (panel discussion)                   

An excellent opportunity to hear from a number of people who after completing their PhD moved into various interesting roles outside Academia and now work in organisations that would be of interest to SOAS researchers. They will talk about their career path, current work and recruitment issues. Among the organisations represented will be Foreign & Commonwealth Office, British Library and others.


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Mon 15 May 5-7.30pm Hacking the US Academic Job Market

You are invited to a one-off opportunity to hear about the US academic job market and to get tips on best ways to secure an academic position in the US in a seminar by Dr Karen Kelsky, the Founder and President of The Professor Is In, which provides advice and consulting services on the academic job search and all elements of the academic and post-academic career. 

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Thur 18 May 1-3pm Academic applications and CVs [repeat]                                 

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.

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Thur 8 June 1-3pm Effective non-academic applications and CVs [repeat]                            

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 CVs outside of academia. Academic CVs are covered in another workshop.

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Spring Term

Thur 12 Jan 1-3pm Presentation skills I (Theory)

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.

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Thur 19 Jan 1-3pm Presentation skills II (Practice)
(Max 6 people, attendance of Presentation skills I is essential)

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.

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Thur 26 Jan 1-3pm Presentation skills II (Practice) [repeat]
(Max 6 people, attendance of Presentation skills I is essential)

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.

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Wednesday 15 February 11–4pm Academic careers day

This is the SOAS Doctoral School and SOAS Careers flagship event that will give you a comprehensive picture of what an academic career involves. You will also find out how you can increase your chances of getting and building a successful career in academia. 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. The 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.

For the list of topics and speakers, see Academic Careers Day (pdf; 297kb)  .

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Thursday 2 March 1-3pm Career planning beyond academia

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.

Thur 16 March 1-3pm Effective non-academic applications and CVs

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 CVs outside of academia. Academic CVs are covered in another workshop.

Held in Room 4429, SOAS Main Building. Please note that this event is first come first serve and the room has a limited capacity!

Autumn Term

Thur 20 Oct 1-3pm Academic career planning

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.

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Thur 24 Nov 1-3pm Academic applications and CVs

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.

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Thur 8 Dec 1-3pm Interview skills for academic jobs

This workshop aims to give you a greater understanding of the format and content of potential interviews for academic jobs (both postdoctoral research positions and lectureships), but also provides some guidance on how best to prepare for an interview and gives you an opportunity to practice.

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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.