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Careers Beyond Academia

Aimed at Research Staff, this programme will help you to research career options beyond academia and get an insight into your transferable skills and values.

Careers beyond academia 2018-19

Aimed at Research Staff wanting to explore career options beyond academic research and teaching, this is an intensive and practical programme which will help you to research career options and get an insight into your transferable skills and values. We will focus on what you what you want from your career and how you can work towards getting it.

The programme requires a time commitment from you, however it will give you the opportunity to connect with other research staff, work with a professional careers adviser and find out more about where to look for career opportunities beyond academia and how to sell the skills from your research.

Specifically, the programme will help you to: - Reflect on what’s important to you in a career - Know how and where to research options beyond academia - Understand what non-academic recruiters are looking for - Understand and explain what you have to offer an employer beyond academia, and understand and address what may be missing - Market yourself effectively in CVs, cover letters and application forms - Identify appropriate job-search strategies and build your careers network

To gain the maximum benefit from the programme, you’ll be required to attend all workshops, as well as undertake some preparation and homework in between sessions.

The programme will be run by the Researcher Career Development Adviser, Dr Anne Cameron

2018-19 Careers Beyond Academia Programme

Date Time Topic Content
Thursday 13 December 2018 10.15am to 1.15pm Exploring what matters to you in a career We will explore the pros and cons of moving outside of academia, and any internal or external barriers to changing career direction. We will use a variety of interactive activities to help you assess your skills, strengths and values, and also reflect on your career journey to date to identify common themes and patterns.
Thursday 31 January 2019 10.15am to 1.15pm Exploring options beyond academia We will look at common career paths and sectors beyond academia and signpost to further information sources. We will use a range of data and resources to look at the labour market beyond academia, and we'll also look at case studies of researchers to enable insights into how others have made career transitions.
Wednesday 13 March 2019 10.15am to 12.15pm Marketing yourself effectively We will focus on some of the main differences between applications for roles inside and outside academia, and look at how to market research skills effectively for a range of audiences. We will discuss formats and mechanics of CVs, cover letters and application forms and look at some examples.
Tuesday 7 May 2019 10.15am to 12.45pm Finding jobs and building a careers network We will help identify appropriate job-search strategies for the sectors that interest you, and also introduce the key principles of networking for career development and job-searching.This session will include a reflective activity on the course as a whole and planning for the next steps.

All workshops will take place on campus, and if you are selected to take part in the programme you are expected to attend all workshops.

Application Guidelines

  • The programme will run from December 2018 to May 2019.
  • Participants will be expected to undertake some preparatory work and homework between sessions.
  • Staff need to have a contract until at least mid-May 2019 to take part.

Application process

  • The member of research staff will need to complete the application form.
  • The PI/line manager authorises the application.
  • Application forms should be submitted to Anne Cameron
  • The outcome will be announced to applicants by Monday 9 December 2019.