- Career Guidance Appointments
- Effective Academic Applications
- Effective Academic Interviews
- Careers Beyond Academia: Application Success
- Careers Beyond Academia: Interview Success
- How to Research a New Career
- Using MyCareerCentral for Researchers
- Networking 1: Building Academic and Employer Networks Face-to-Face
- Networking 2: Making the Most of Linkedin
- Networking 3: Putting Networking Theory into Practice
- Getting that First Lectureship Post
- An Introduction to Research Fellowships
- Managing your Academic Career: A Half-day Development Workshop for Female Researchers
There is no set time for researchers to seek careers advice and guidance many are near to completing their research contract, and others seek support earlier. Support is available for academic careers and the many opportunities beyond academia. The MyCareerCentral web portal provides resources for researchers (https://mycareercentral.uea.ac.uk/) to help you consider your options, write academic applications or market your skills and experiences effectively to employers outside academia. You can also search our Vacancies section for local, national and international opportunities including ‘research’ or ‘postgraduate jobs’.
Venues: All workshops (unless stated differently) are held in CareerCentral Seminar Room, CareerCentral, The Street.
How to book: To book yourself onto any of the Events listed below, go to: https://mycareercentral.uea.ac.uk/students/events/type/11/pgr-and-research-staff
Trainers: Rebecca Wyand / Suzanne Walker / Rosemary Bass, Careers Advisors with responsibility for researchers, Careers Central.
RDF Domains: B1, B2, B3
Other information: Sign-up to our LinkedIn (www.linkedIn.com) discussion group ‘New Directions: Career Network for UEA Researchers’, and look out for the Careers E-bulletin for details of forthcoming events including researcher alumni talks and employer presentations, as well as job opportunities and career related information.
Date and time: Tuesday 17 October 2017, 1.00-2.00pm
Repeated: Wednesday 21 February 2018
Repeated: Friday 15 June 2018, 9.30-10.30am
Learn how to produce a strong written application for an academic position, including useful tips and advice on producing effective academic CVs, cover letters and supporting statements. The next time you write an application, the tools introduced here will help you build a compelling response to this key recruitment question: ‘if we pick you, what will you do for us?’ Includes examples of effective evidence-based CVs, cover letters and application forms.
Date and Time: Tuesday 7 November 2017, 1.00-2.00pm
Repeated: Wednesday 14 March 2018, 9.30-10.30am
Repeated: Friday 6 July 2018, 1.00-2.00pm
Congratulations. Your CV and covering letter have been successful and you’ve been invited to interview. You now face a potential panel which includes esteemed academics in your field, and the prospect of giving a presentation on your research or delivering a ‘mock’ lecture. This lecture covers advice and strategies, along with the opportunity to experience a mock interview and receive feedback from your peers and the session leader.
Date and Time: Tuesday 19 September 2017, 1.00-2.00pm
Repeated: Wednesday 13 December 2017, 9.30-10.30am
Repeated: Friday 20 April 2018, 1.00-2.00pm
Discover how to write successful applications for a range of positions within industry, the public and private sectors. Learn how the shortlisting process works and how a PhD will help you to stand out from the rest by showcasing the best of your skills and experiences gained during your PhD and beyond. Includes advice on writing effective skills-based CVs, cover letters and application forms.
Date and Time: Tuesday 10 October 2017, 1.00-2.00pm
Repeated: Wednesday 10 January 2018, 9.30-10.30am
Repeated: Friday 11 May 2018, 1.00-2.00pm
Congratulations. Your CV and covering letter have been successful and you’ve been invited to interview. Find out what to expect during this next stage of the recruitment process. Gain tips on how to prepare for and perform well in a range of interview formats including telephone & video interviews, psychometric tests and presentations. Learn how to present your PhD and the skills gained from it to an employer from outside of the university sector. Practice crafting answers to interview questions which showcase how well you fit with the role and convince the employer you are the right person for the job
Date and Time: Wednesday 27 September 2017, 1.00-2.00pm
Repeated: Tuesday 30 January 2018, 9.30-10.30am
Repeated: Wednesday 6 June 2018, 1.00-2.00pm
This workshop gets you thinking about your career beyond your PhD or current research contract. It focuses on jobs beyond academia, and how to go about exploring potential new career paths. Academia career paths are quite clearly marked but how do you make a choice about a new career path? This workshop includes learning from peers going through the same process as you, and offers you hints and tips about how to work out your next steps.
Date and Time: Tuesday 6 February 2018, 1.00-2.00pm
Repeated: Tuesday 26 June 2018, 1.00-2.00pm
This web-based application is a powerful tool for identifying training activities and other events relevant to researchers, as well as providing templates and guidance in making job applications and enhancing your portfolio of skills and experience. It is also an important information source for job vacancies across a range of sectors. By the end of the session, you will be familiar with how to use its main features to enable you to further advance your career.
Date and Time: Tuesday 31 October 2017, 1.00pm-2.00pm
Repeated: Friday 2 February 2018, 1.00pm-2.00pm
This workshop for researchers from across the NRP, who are new to networking, or looking to build their confidence in handling face-to-face interactions and making the most out of their contacts. Whether you’re:
- Looking to engage effectively with a wide range of stakeholders from academics, to industry and the general public, or
- Looking for a career beyond academia, or
- Exploring self-employment, freelancing, starting your own business; you can benefit from this workshop.
This workshop is led by Lucy Marks, Managing Director at Norfolk Network a peer support and knowledge community for progressive business people. For over a decade Lucy has been creating face-to-face networking events and facilitating connections to develop relationships between people and businesses. www.norfolknetwork.com.
Date and Time: Tuesday 5 December 2017, 1.00-2.00pm
Repeated: Wednesday 25 April 2018, 1.00-2.00pm
This is a hands-on workshop for PhD students and research staff considering setting up or improving their LinkedIn account. It covers:
- How LinkedIn works and how employers use it
- Advice on building your profile
- Understanding the etiquette
- Learning how to make the most of LinkedIn for job searches and networking.
Date and Time: Wednesday 22 November 2017, 5.30-7.30pm
Repeated: Wednesday 7 February 2018, 5.30-7.30pm
This workshop provides you with an opportunity to practise your networking skills in a friendly and supportive environment with local business professionals.
Date and Time: Wednesday 24 January 2018, 1.00-2.00pm
Hear from a panel of UEA academic staff about how they obtained that elusive first lectureship post. In this introductory session, we explore what recruiters to first lectureship posts are looking for – what makes a good candidate and a strong application.
Date and Time: Thursday 8 February 2018, 2.00-4.00pm
Venue: ZICER, 2.03, Seminar & Exhibition room
This introductory session explores what research fellowships are, helps you to identify providers and how to explore a typical application pathway. You have the opportunity to hear from and question current UEA Research Fellows and senior academics with experience of sitting on Research Council Fellowship review panels. We consider ‘Is a Fellowship right for you?’, and by the end of the session, you will know how to position yourself to make a strong application. This session is for 3rd and 4th year PhD students and postdocs/research assistants, from SCI and the Norwich BioScience Institutes.
Date and Time: Wednesday 12 September 2018, 09.30am-3.30pm
The workshop provides a discussion forum and peer support for women nearing the end of their PhDs, ‘early career’ or returning to academia after a career break. The workshop offers an opportunity for you to express your aspirations and reflections around pursuing an academic career, explore what work-life balance means to you, and devise an action plan to help you to move forward. The session includes a panel of senior academic speakers, who will share their experiences in a very supportive environment. Participants will benefit in three keys ways:
- Taking time away from their day-to-day responsibilities to share their career progress and aspirations with others
- Developing language to describe their skills and experience
- Identify actions to help them to move forward.