The 2021 Careers Conference for Researchers took place virtually on Wednesday, 17 March.
The Careers Conference for Researchers is for researchers who are:
- unsure whether they want to stay in academia or wondering what their next career move might be;
- keen to find out which employers and sectors beyond academia value the skills they have developed as an early career researcher;
- curious to know how other researchers have applied their expertise in non-academic contexts.
The full event programme includes a mixture of speaker panels, workshops, presentations and a recruiter fair.
▶ Sponsors Workshop: Machine Learning in Practice
Facilitated by Thomas Caye (SIG) and Alejandro Ortega (Causalens)
Finding and quantitatively describing patterns found in data is an exciting and difficult problem. Statistics and Machine Learning provide a fast growing variety of tools to tackle it. In this session we will give a quick overview of how we use these tools to solve real-world problems. This overview will be followed by a Q&A session.
▶ Job Hunting in Tough Times – Top Tips
Finding work is particularly challenging at the moment, although we all go through difficult times when job hunting. This session will explore ways to enhance your CV, develop resilience and uncover opportunities that may not seem so obvious to you.
Guest speaker, Vanessa Moore, has worked for over 10 years in the cultural and heritage sectors and has spent the majority of this time on project, fixed-term, and part-time contracts so she has regularly faced the challenge of finding new opportunities in an increasingly competitive workplace. In this session she will share some of the things she has learned along the way and answer your questions about taking positive action to further your career.
▶ Division-led Talks
The University of Oxford Humanties Division, Medical Sciences Division, Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division, and Social Sciences Division will all host career-focused sessions featuring panellists with a connection to disciplines in the respective divisions.
There is no restriction which limits participants to only joining the panel run by their division, so you are welcome to attend whichever panel talk you want. There may be speakers in panels run by other Divisions who work in areas that are of interest to you. We will make the bios of all speakers available in the Conference booklet (coming soon), so you can work out who will be most helpful to listen to.
▶ LIVE Recruiter Fair
At this event, you will also have the chance to talk to employers directly. No fewer than 20 organisations who are actively seeking research-trained applicants will be in attendance.
▶ Career Management Hackathon
A hands-on session that examines and works with your transferable skills to:
- refresh your thinking about the skills you have and generate ideas on where and how to expand these;
- provide tools that help you reframe your perspective;
- promote effective action to identify new opportunities, ideas and connections.
▶ Keynote Speaker Talk: Creating "smart luck" in a fast-changing world: How a serendipity mindset can help us find our next opportunity(ies) - with Dr Christian Busch
This session will focus on how we can use uncertainty as a pathway to personal and professional success. It will explore the art and science of serendipity (unexpected positive outcomes), and discuss concrete practices on how to cultivate serendipity for personal and professional growth and success in our working lives.
Dr Christian Busch, Lead Faculty & Director, CGA Global Economy Program, New York University & Visiting Fellow, London School of Economics
Dr Christian Busch directs the Centre for Global Affairs Global Economy Program at New York University (NYU) and teaches on purpose-driven leadership, entrepreneurship, emerging markets, and (social) innovation at NYU and at the London School of Economics (LSE). Having received his PhD from the LSE, Christian has previously worked in business and consulting in Mexico, Germany, the UK, and the US. He has served as Senior Advisor for several multinational companies, and is part of the World Economic Forum's 'Expert Forum'. He is among Diplomatic Courier’s 'Top 99 Influencers', JCI's 'Ten Outstanding Persons', and is on the Thinkers50 Radar list of 30 management thinkers “most likely to shape the future of how organizations are led”.
Christian frequently speaks at conferences such as the World Economic Forum, TED/TEDx, and the Financial Times Sustainability Summit, and has guest-lectured at Stanford Business School, Peking University, IMD, and Strathmore. His research has been published widely in both academic journals and leading media institutions. Christian's bestselling book, The Serendipity Mindset (Penguin Random House), has been highlighted as a "wise, exciting, and life-changing book" (Arianna Huffington, Founder, Huffington Post); and a "bracing and hopeful antidote to a world addicted to efficiency and control".
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