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Careers sessions for researchers: self-employment

The Graduate School are offering a couple of brand new workshops on self-employment for researchers and the first is coming up next Tuesday 1st December.

Dr Hiten Vyas, Business Adviser at the Enterprise Club will be running Self-Employment: Is it for you? in the TPod, Rockingham Library from 12-2pm, with lunch after. To book please see the Eventbrite page. This workshop has a follow-up session on January 11th 2016 Self-employment – Business Planning. If you are interested in taking the idea of self-employment further then do book both workshops. Read the rest of this entry

Graduate School Workshops in February 2015

mature students photoWe have a range of workshops running in February, open to Postgraduate Research Students and Early Career Researchers at UN.  They include short 2 hour workshops in qualitative and quantitative data analysis, a CV workshop and bibliometrics. Longer sessions include a presentation skills day for those of you presenting at conferences this year, plus Hugh Kearns will be visiting us again to help you tackle self-sabotage – procrastination, ‘too busy’ syndrome and disorganisation. His seminar will help you to understand why your thesis or research isn’t getting done and what you can do about it. Read the rest of this entry

A new year’s resolution for PGRs…. start planning your career!

New-Year_ResolutionsIn the olden days a postdoc could expect a job for life in academia, possibly working his or her way through a logical academic career progression, right up to a professorship. But sadly, in the 2010s, this could turn out to be a career path limited to the very few and, arguably, the lucky! Of course, there are always those who do not wish for a career in academia and, for them, the outside world beckons with a plethora of jobs and career paths which are as diverse as the postdocs applying for them.

London cityA Times Higher Education article, published just before Christmas, points out that a PhD alone may not be enough. Picking up transferable skills from training opportunities, broadening experience and knowledge, increasing experience of team working and leadership and the ability to assess and promote one’s own achievements will all help to construct the highly transferable CV that non-academic employers are looking for.

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Article on graduate teaching assistants’ dilemma over boycott

This article explores the complex position of the GTA entering a workforce in dispute:
http://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/blog/2014/apr/22/should-phd-students-support-marking-boycott

Are you a ‘mobile’ researcher?

Vitae logoDo you want to take stock of your research career path? Perhaps identify the skills and attributes you might need to be an effective researcher in an international and/or new research environment?

If so, take a look at Vitae’s new researcher mobility lens on the Researcher Development Framework (RDF).   Read the rest of this entry

“Writing your CV” workshop for UN Research Students

graduate-school-workshops940The Graduate School, together with the UN Careers Service, are offering a workshop session for Research Students to improve and perfect their CVs.

This two hour session, with lunch, will focus on writing and refining CVs (chronological, skills & academic) and covering letters. In the second hour there will be a chance for 1-1 advice on the researcher’s own CV.

Tuesday, 9 April 2013 from 11:00 to 13:30
Venue: MY120, Maidwell Building, Avenue Campus, University of Northampton
Booking open at http://careersapr13.eventbrite.co.uk/