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Positive steps in career development come from meeting others and learning. Did you know that Oxford’s Careers Service runs tailored support and information services for research students and staff? See our menu below. Most workshops are designed primarily with DPhil students and postdocs or research fellows in mind, while welcoming MPhil and Masters by Research students. Some are geared towards ‘pre-PhD’ thinking and are open to all.

All Trinity term 2020 workshops and seminars will be delivered online. It is essential that you book a place for all sessions that you wish to attend, so that we can send you the correct joining instructions for each event. We are sure that you will appreciate the short lead time available for adapting our programme for remote delivery. We are doing our very best, and ask for your understanding where the delivery falls short of the high standards that you have come to expect of the Careers Service programme.

Make sure you browse our researcher webpages www.careers.ox.ac.uk/researchers/ for top tips and links to wider events and skills training opportunities relevant to your interests. And check our Events calendar on CareerConnect for sessions open to all students and research staff on networking, online-interviewing etc.

For phone appointments with a Careers Adviser, please book through CareerConnect. Bookings for workshops/events should be through CareerConnect; if you have queries, please email reception@careers.ox.ac.uk.

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Week 1

Securing an Internship as a Postgrad Student or Researcher

Wednesday 29 April, 13:00-14:00; online

This online session is designed to help Masters/DPhil students and research staff identify and apply for internship opportunities; either related to their academic interests, or in a different field. The presentation will help you think about how to find organisations of interest and how to approach them for opportunities.

This event will be delivered online. To attend this event, you must book a place through CareerConnect. We will send joining instructions to all those booked ahead of the event.


 Week 2

Postgraduate Study: Should I do a Masters/PhD? And How Do I Go About It?

Tuesday 5 May, 13:00-14:00; online

This seminar is open to anyone considering applying for further study, whether that’s a Masters course or a PhD. We will cover the steps you might take to discover whether further study is right for you, and discuss how to choose the best institution and programme for you. We will also talk about the application process and funding.

This event will be delivered online. To attend this event, you must book a place through CareerConnect. We will send joining instructions to all those booked ahead of the event.

Career Design and Development: A three-part course for Research Staff and DPhils

Workshop 1:Wednesday 6 May, 9:30-11:30

See also:

Workshop 2:Wednesday 27 May, 9:30-11:30

Workshop 3: Wednesday 24 June, 9:30-11:30

The Career Design and Development workshop series aims to open the space for creative thinking and equip you with insights and tools for developing – with confidence – your career. We will combine individual and small group activities to stimulate thinking, explore new areas and practice new ways of self-expression on work-related topics.

The process relies on your participation in all three workshops, delivered online this coming term and spaced by several weeks to allow experimentation and reflective exercises. In signing up for this workshop, you are also committing to workshops 2 (27 May) and 3 (24 June); more details and timings below.

For more information about the course, please consult the CareerConnect entry. This course will be delivered online. All DPhil students and research staff welcome. Please register via CareerConnect, then make sure you diarise and attend all three workshops. We will send joining instructions to all registered participants before the first workshop.

Insight into Academia: Being an Early Career Researcher; Exploring Realities and Exploding Myths

Wednesday 6 May, 13:00-14:00; online

Are you considering an academic career? In this seminar we will hear from a small panel of early- to mid-career academics 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 will be delivered online. To attend this event, you must book a place through CareerConnect. We will send joining instructions to all those booked ahead of the event.


Week 3

Postgraduate Study in North America

Monday 11 May, 13:00-14:00; online

Thinking about studying in North America? The application process is somewhat more complicated than for the UK and you will ideally need to start your investigations more than a year ahead. This is a practical session, covering courses, standardised tests and funding and is designed to help you make a start. Particularly of interest to penultimate year students thinking of postgraduate study in 2021.

This event will be delivered online. To attend this event, you must book a place through CareerConnect. We will send joining instructions to all those booked ahead of the event.


Week 4

The Art of Job Applications

Tuesday 19 May, 9:30- 11:30; online

An opportunity for you to focus on key aspects of finding and applying for jobs, in and beyond academia. We will cover tips and key resources for job searches, networking, drafting CVs and cover letters, and preparing for interviews. A Q&A session will give you an opportunity to follow up on areas that you would most like to focus on.

This online event is run jointly by MPLS Division and the Careers Service. For more details and to register, see CareerConnect. We will send joining instructions to all those booked ahead of the event.

Postgraduate Study in Europe

Thursday 21 May, 13:00-14:00; online

Increasing numbers of students are considering Master’s degrees and other higher degrees at European universities outside the UK. The increase in the number of courses taught in English and, often, lower fee levels can make it an attractive option.

In this session we will explore the possibility of study in European countries with a particular focus on Germany, France and the Netherlands (all common destinations for Oxford graduates). We will highlight key differences, application processes and timelines, and signpost key resources. Particularly of interest to penultimate year students thinking of postgraduate study in 2021.

This event will be delivered online. To attend this event, you must book a place through CareerConnect. We will send joining instructions to all those booked ahead of the event.


Week 5

Career Design and Development: A 3-part course for Research Staff and DPhils; Workshop 2

Wednesday 27 May, 9:30-11:30; online

See outline and booking link for this 3-part series of workshops in ‘Week Two’ above.

Insight into Academia: Academic CVs and Applications

Thursday 28 May, 13:00-14:00; online

This session is primarily aimed at PhD and post-doctoral researchers preparing applications for teaching or research positions in higher education. Masters students and undergraduates may also find it helpful for preparing PhD applications are also welcome. We will cover understanding what matters in the academic job market and the principles of writing effective CVs, cover letters and other common application materials for academic posts such as teaching statements and research proposals.

This event will be delivered online. To attend this event, you must book a place through CareerConnect. We will send joining instructions to all those booked ahead of the event.


Week 8

Insight into Academia: Advancing an Academic (Research) Career Outside the UK

Tuesday 16 June, 13:00-14:00; online

Whilst the academic job market in the UK remains vibrant, many Oxford researchers are interested in pursuing their academic dreams in countries around the globe. This seminar aims to provide a light-touch overview of key similarities/differences between some of the key destination countries, a set of points to consider when deciding whether to follow opportunities overseas, and signposting to the best resources to helpyou make your decisions.

This event will be delivered online. To attend this event, you must book a place through CareerConnect. We will send joining instructions to all those booked ahead of the event.


Week 9

Career Design and Development: A 3-part course for Research Staff and DPhils; Workshop 3

Weds 24 June, 9:30-11:30; online

See outline and booking link for this 3-part series of workshops in ‘Week Two’ above.

This information was last updated on 27 April 2020.
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