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Career Workshops for Researchers in 2017

Blogged by Emily Game on January 11, 2017.

Positive steps in career development come from meeting others and learning. To make these steps in Hilary Term, come along to our bespoke opportunities – listed below, check out all our other events on CareerConnect, make an appointment with an adviser,  and attend speaker and skills sessions run by your department, division or post-doc network.

Appointments

For appointments with our advisers who specialise in helping researchers – Rachel Bray and Bekki Shaw – or any another Careers Adviser of your choice, please book through CareerConnect. These take place at 56 Banbury Road. Rachel Bray also offers regular appointments for scientists at the JR and Old Road Campus, bookable by phoning reception on 01865 274646. If you have any queries about the workshops/events please email courses@careers.ox.ac.uk.

Week One Events

Cringe-Free Networking: What, why and how?

  • When: Wednesday 18th January, 1.00 – 2.00pm (plus optional extra hour for Researchers until 3.00)
  • Where: The Careers Service

Few of us like the idea of ‘networking’. But we know that forging good relationships helps us understand how things work in new spheres of research or employment, and can open doors. Come along for an hour of myth-busting insights into the hidden job market, and tips on effective networking through various mechanisms including social media.The second hour is an opportunity to ask your questions as an early career researcher about networking within academic circles, or as a bridge into related policy, industry or service sectors.

No booking required. Feel free to bring your lunch.

Week Two events

Career Management for Research Staff and DPhil Students

  • When: Monday 23rd January, 12.00 – 2.00pm
  • Where: The Careers Service

Looking to manage your career more effectively? This workshop has been designed specifically for researchers at all levels and at any stage in their career, who want to step back and spend a few productive hours focusing on identifying their ideal job and future possible career paths within, or beyond, academia. An interactive mix of short individual exercises and small informal group discussions will help you to build a clearer picture of the key factors relating to your career and personal circumstances and to explore career pathways.

The session will cover: reflections on where your career is right now; creating your ideal job; job satisfaction and career motivations; identifying your values and transferable skills; how to identify possible career pathways and move forward effectively. You will be encouraged to draw your insights together to begin a realistic personal career plan and to consider your next steps.                                                              

This event must be booked. To reserve a place please go to CareerConnect.

Insight into Academia: Mapping the Academic Landscape 

  • When: Tuesday 24th January, 1.00 – 2.00pm
  • Where: The Careers Service

This session will outline the roles available in the early stages of an academic career, what each job entails and progression prospects. We will also explore emerging trends in recruitment priorities within Higher Education institutions – both within the UK and internationally.

There will be opportunity for questions and feel free to bring your lunch.

This event must be booked. To reserve a place please go to CareerConnect.

Week Four Events

Insight into Academia: Myths and Realities

  • When: Tuesday 7th February, 1.00 – 2.00pm
  • Where: The Careers Service

Are you considering an academic career? In this seminar we will hear from a small panel of early- to mid-career academics in temporary and tenured positions about their day-to-day roles, how they manage a work-life balance, and opportunities for progression. This is a chance to ask questions and generate discussion on many aspects of being an academic.

This event must be booked. To reserve a place please go to CareerConnect

CV and Cover Letter Skills for Research Staff and DPhil Students

  • When: Thursday 9th February, 1.00 – 4.00pm
  • Where: The Careers Service

This intensive workshop on producing effective CVs and cover letters is specifically for doctoral research students and research staff, whether they are considering an academic or non-academic career or are undecided.

Using a mix of individual and informal small group exercises, we will:

  • understand and recognise the characteristics of effective CVs and cover letters
  • critique the strengths and weaknesses of their own and colleagues’ current CVs
  • evaluate example cover letters in order to build their knowledge of different types and styles they may use

This event must be booked. To reserve a place please go to CareerConnect.

Week Six Events

Insight into Academia: Conversation on Academic Job Juggling

  • When: Tuesday 21st February, 1.00 – 2.00pm
  • Where: The Careers Service

This ‘conversation’ around juggling different roles within an academic career will be an informal group discussion (facilitated by a Careers Adviser), with guest contributors who will share their experiences with you. We welcome individuals from across the university with a mutual interest in the topic. The Careers Adviser present is an experienced group facilitator, who’ll support the discussion with advice, strategies and resources, as well as offering suggestions for topics of discussion.

Meeting people is a really useful way to learn more about your mutual goals: it’s the equivalent of attending a tutorial or class discussion, and often attendees choose to keep in touch with fellow participants for further mutual support.

This event must be booked. To reserve a place please go to CareerConnect

Interview & Presentation Skills for Research Staff and DPhils Students

  • When: Wednesday 22nd February, 12.30 – 3.30pm
  • Where: The Careers Service

New job or direction in mind?  Do you want to brush up on the practicalities of preparing for interviews and presentations? If so, this workshop, designed for University Research Staff and final year DPhils, is for you.

A highly interactive session, it will equip you with the skills to play the ‘recruitment game’ to best effect. We will discuss and practice the skills required for effective performance at interview: preparation, self-presentation and how to deal with typical interview questions.

The workshop will cover the skills required for both academic and non-academic interviews, with particular focus on the latter.  Follow up one-to-one career discussions can then be used to review intended applications and to prepare for particular interviews.

This event must be booked. To reserve a place please go to CareerConnect

Week Eight Events

Academic Application and Interview Skills for Research Staff and DPhils Students

When: Friday 10th March. Time: 9.00-12.00. Where: The Careers Service

Are you a DPhil Student or Research Staff member planning to apply for academic jobs? Do you want advice on how to prepare academic applications and to improve your interview skills? This workshop, designed specifically for University of Oxford researchers, is for you.

This interactive course will equip you with the skills to maximise your chances of getting academic employment. Emphasis will be given to understanding the processes which universities use to select staff and the importance of tailoring CVs, applications, research and teaching statements accordingly. We will discuss and practice the skills required for effective performance at interview; preparation, self-presentation and how to deal with typical academic interview questions.

The workshop will cover the skills required for academic applications only (for non-academic applications please see our earlier CV and Interview Skills workshops for RS and DPhils, which devote more attention to non-academic applications and transferable skills gained in research).  Follow up one-to-one career discussions can additionally be used to review intended applications and to prepare for particular interviews.

This event must be booked. To reserve a place please go to CareerConnect