Take Charge of Your Career: Career planning workshop for PhD candidates
This workshop is for you if you want to be proactive about your job prospects, looking for practical ways to structure your progress and succeed in your preferred career - in academia or beyond.
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Research careers are sought-after and increasingly competitive. It has never been more important for PhD candidates to be strategic about career moves, develop effective networks and master the right skills to get into their careers of choice.
This 1-day workshop delivers:
- tools to help you develop a career plan tailored to your strengths and preferences;
- a personal roadmap for the career path that will work best for you;
- analysis of your current network of contacts and how to expand it to benefit your career;
- practical advice on marketing yourself and your skills;
- strategies for developing transferrable skills suited to a career in, or outside, academia.
What postdoc and PhD student participants thought about the workshop:
“Fantastic and very useful course! The course gave me many ideas, tips, open my mind to new / unknown directions / approaches and showed me how to plan my career.”
“I expected to get the background info, which was good and informative – but what I found extra helpful were the exercises where you had to apply the new info and how it applied to yourself. Then discussing it was very helpful. [...] I will use the points I have ‘discovered’ about myself from today and include it for my next fellowship application.”
“I learned a lot and changed my outlook on my career. Kerstin was extremely professional, showed expert knowledge, covered lots of areas and always kept to time. Great balance of slides, own work and group work"
About the presenter:
Dr Kerstin Fritsches Kerstin is a former research fellow who spent the majority of her 12-year research career on soft money, with first-hand experience of the challenges facing early career researchers and a strong track record in postdoc affairs and career development. A lack of effective career training for PhDs led Kerstin to found PostdocTraining in 2011, to bridge a gap in professional development by delivering support tailored specifically for PhD candidates and postdocs.
Note: The workshop will be held twice, once for PhD candidates and once for postdocs at the Faculty of Social Sciences. While the workshop outline will be similar on both days, the discussions and issues raised will be specific to PhD candidates and postdocs respectively. The differentiation of topics and discussions will be reinforced by the results of a pre-workshop survey of all participants.