Preparing for your future after the PhD

Statistics show that those with a postgraduate qualification do gain significant rewards in their ongoing career: they earn approximately £5,500 more per year, or £200,000 more over a 40-year working life (Sutton Report ), they earn around 9% more than graduates over the course of a lifetime, (Institute of Fiscal Studies, 2015) and are over 20% more likely to be in a professional occupation (Graduate Labour Market Statistics 2017). Careful planning of your own career can help you make the most of your doctoral qualification.

Do you know what you want from your future career?
If you are looking outside of academia, how can you find out about different careers and employers?
Do you have sufficient experience  to prove yourself to a future employer?
How can you best prepare for applications?

Many aspects of career preparation are best started much earlier in the PhD and can be accomplished a little at a time, such as two or three hours each month. A short break from the stresses of research can  be helpful, even in the writing up phase.

There is a range of support within the LDC Development programme and the wider University to help you prepare for your future:

Career planning:

We offer several workshops within the LDC Development programme that will help you assess what you might want from a future career, and prepare for the move to future employment. Coming up with have the workshops, The Career Wise Researcher (1st Nov) and The Emotionally Intelligent Researcher (6 Dec). You can also find related information in our online resources, Career Management Skills.

Researching career options:

To gain further information on potential career options you may need to seek out further sources. Your Faculty, school or Institute may offer career related workshops that are specific to your subject area or researcher conferences may offer similar sessions. The University Careers and Employability service offer CareerConnect, events where you can meet and network with external employers. These sessions will also provide advice on the types of experience to succeed in different areas of employment. Alternatively there are online areas, such as LinkedIn, where you can gain similar information.

Our upcoming workshop, Networking for your Career (8th Nov) will help you make the most of these events and the webinar,  Using LinkedIn to Manage Your Career (1st Nov) offers advice for managing this online environment.

Preparing for the application process:

 The LDC Development programme also offers workshops to assist in the application process, which are again specific to PhD level employment. Coming up we have Shining at Interview (15Nov) and the webinars, Developing Effective CVs and Applications (15th Nov) and Developing your Interview Skills (6th Dec).

The workshop, Get That Academic Job! (29th Nov) offers useful advice to those looking for academic career.

There is also a wide range of online advice in the LDC Development online resources, Career Management Skills and through the Careers and Employability CareerHub.

 

Making an impact week: smart strategies to drive your research impact

Making an Impact Week 11-15 June, 01831 FREE opportunities for PGRs to explore key concepts and skills required to engage with collaborators outside academia and to develop your personal and professional research impact.

The Leadership, Organisational, Staff and Academic Development Academy (The Academy) at the University of Liverpool invites you to your choice of any of 31 different sessions for Making an Impact Week 2018. The Week is a new initiative aimed at providing rich, varied and high-quality development opportunities, and forms a unique opportunity for PGRs to network with academic, research and professional services staff across the University. Timed to coincide with the International Business Festival (IBF) 2018, the Week consists of an engaging mix of 31 different sessions, including workshops, panels, keynote speakers, 1:1 surgeries, and tours of facilities at the event taking place at various venues across campus.

Making an Impact Week runs 11-15 June 2018.
Find out more and register for  events at:
https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/international-business-festival/impact-week-events.

These flagship sessions offer support for our ambitions for a borderless research community here at Liverpool and include unique opportunities for PGRs to network with Impact Leads, colleagues from across industry, University academic, research (including ECR) and professional services staff:

Monday 11 June: Welcome and Accelerating Innovation through the Industrial Strategy 11-12.30pm in the VGM Leggate Theatre

Hear about the Government’s Industrial Strategy and associated funding opportunities from Dr Rick Holland, the Innovate UK Regional Manager for the North West of England. The session is hosted by Professor Anthony Hollander, PVC R&I and will also feature a presentation from Professor Rasmita Raval, Director, The Surface Science Research Centre, who will speak about “Antimicrobial Surfaces: Innovation and Impact”, drawing on a range of Innovate UK projects that she has been involved in over the past 3 years.

You are invited to register here.

Wednesday 13 June: Knowledge Exchange Concordat for Universities: A model for approach, self-reflection and improvement 10-11.30am in the VGM Leggate Theatre

Universities have enormous impact on society and their communities. The Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF) is being developed to help demonstrate the extent of this impact, the approaches that a university takes and the mechanisms by which we aim to continually improve what we do. The session will be led by Professor Trevor McMillan, (KEF Lead, VC Keele University).

You are invited to register here.

Friday 15 June: Liverpool at 2030: What it should look like and how we should get there 10-11.30am in the Foresight Centre Gallery

Professor Mark Boyle (Heseltine Institute) and Mark Basnett (Liverpool LEP) discuss the Liverpool City Region’s growing and uneven recovery as well as the city’s huge potential. The city region now has a metro mayor and combined authority, a national industrial strategy (and associated infrastructural strategy) and is well-placed to embrace a low carbon future, smart technologies and the digital age, welfare service reform, the circular economy, a jobs and skills strategy, and inclusive economic development.

You are invited to register here.

Other sessions which may be of interest are:

Monday 11 June: Getting Ready to do Business – Workshop
12-4pm in the Halsall Room, Foresight Centre

If you want to engage with external customers but are worried that you might not be well prepared – or even if your confidence needs a boost – then this workshop is for you. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to plan to make first contact and to deal with the awkward issue of price and payment for your work. Book here.

Monday 11 June: Working with data from third parties – Workshop
1-3pm in the Chandler Room, Foresight Centre

Contemplating a collaboration, started working with third party data, want others to share with you or need to prepare to share your data? Come along to this session to hear about colleagues’ experiences using and sharing third party data and their research, followed by Q and A session with the panel. Book here.

Monday 11 June: Panel Q&A – Social Value Panel
2-3pm in the Thornton Room, Foresight Centre

Ben Carpenter, Operations Manager from Social Value UK leads a discussion about the principles of social value in relation to research. Book here.

Tuesday 12 June What impact will your research have? – Workshop
2.30-4.30pm in the Thornton Room, Foresight Centre

This workshop will look at defining what research impact means, and in particular what it might mean in the context of PhD research. We will then explore practical strategies for using your time as a PhD candidate to raise your research profile and delivering real impact for yourself and others beyond the thesis. By the end of the workshop, you will have developed your own impact statement and plan for achieving that impact. Book here.

Tuesday 12 June: Panel Q&A – Working with the Media – Panel Q&A
12-2pm in the Thornton Room, Foresight Centre

This session will discuss how researchers can work with the media and what they can get out of it, and will be led by Andrew Naughtie. International Editor at The Conversation, Naughtie is used to working with researchers to get their work out to a general audience. He will explain some of the risks and rewards of using the media to reach people beyond the halls of academics. Also, hear from University Press Officer Matt Hurst, Professor Peter Kinderman and Professor Peter Shirlow about their experiences of dealing with the media. Book here.

Thursday 14 June: The Impact Road Leads to Success – Joint Keynote
10-11.30am in the Gallery, Foresight Centre

The impact agenda is far from new but impact continues to be conceptualised as an additional component to a research proposal rather than an embedded aspect of the research itself. This session will consider the shifting nature of the funding landscape and the increasing emphasis being placed on challenge-led and impact-driven research. This session will focus on the need to ‘normalise’ impact in this new funding context. This session will be led by the APVCs (R&I): Professor Georgina Endfield (HSS), Professor Malcolm Jackson (HLS) and Professor Ric Williams (S&E). Book here.

Thursday 14 June: Intellectual Property Crash Course – Workshop
12-2pm in the Laura Jones Room, Foresight Centre

This workshop will dispel many myths about intellectual property and will help you to identify, protect and disseminate your work to benefit a wide range of audiences both inside and outside of the University environment. It will also help you to confidently negotiate with external partners on collaborative projects so as to achieve mutual gains. Book here.

Thursday 14 June: Peer Review: what actually happens – Workshop
3-4pm in the Laura Jones Room, Foresight Centre

Do you wonder how peer reviewers come to their conclusions when assessing your research writing? Do you worry that they are not seeing its value? Do you wish you could gain more benefit from peer review? Do you worry about reviewing other people’s work? This session will examine the peer review of outputs in preparation for REF 2021. Book here.

Thursday 14 June: Impact Lead networking drinks reception
5pm onwards in the VGM Waterhouse Café

Join us for the chance to share ideas, make new connections with professionals spanning industry and academia in the lovely setting of the Victoria Gallery Museum Waterhouse Café. Drinks and canapes served. Book here.

Friday 15 June: Closing Showcase Event: Accelerating Impact – An IAA Showcase
2-3pm in the Gallery, Foresight Centre

A mini-workshop by Dr Ben Slater who will provide an overview of the funding opportunities available to researchers and academics will highlight their current projects, along with tips and advice on how to develop a successful project. The showcase will be brought to a close with a brief address by Prof Anthony Hollander, PVC R&I. Book here.

Booking is essential to secure your free place and many sessions have limited places left, so register now at https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/international-business-festival/impact-week-events

One to one support to help you prepare for your long term career

‘Chance favours the prepared mind’.

Keen to gain extra support with your career planning?

The Liverpool Doctoral College are offering a one hour face-to-face coaching session to help you with your career preparation, with a further follow-up session by Skype if required. This offer is open to all PGRs at any stage in their degree.

These sessions will provide focused and tailored support with issues such as:

  • Equipping you to create effective application forms, CVs, personal statements and cover letters for specific roles you are applying for
  • Preparing for interview (including carrying out mock interviews and providing feedback)
  • Making a positive impact within interviews/presentations – e.g. Influencing others and harnessing nerves and anxiety
  • Discussing career issues, e.g. expansion of your network for career success, choosing options
  • How to harness change as you move on from your PhD
  • Helping you think through self-employment – if this is a consideration

The one to one coaching is delivered by Sally Beyer who has specialised career coaching experience.  She will be familiar to many of you from our careers half day workshops and careers webinars.

Dates: If you would like to book a free one hour coaching session with Sally, please follow the link on the preferred date below. These dates are offered on a first-come-first-served basis.

12-1pm or 1pm – 2pm

Mondays 21st May, 18 June, 25 June, 02 July and 09 July.

Please only register for one slot. Following your registration, a further pre-session form will be sent out for you  to provide Sally with information to help her best prepare for your coaching session. Please return the form to gssp@liverpool.ac.uk. Your booking  will only be accepted on completion of this pre-session form.

About your coach

Sally Beyer
Sally is a Careers and Learning & Development professional with over 22 years’ experience of training and coaching people from all walks of life. Along with working for two local Universities, Sally has worked with many private and public organisations delivering career management support to help staff at all levels to achieve their full potential.

To find out more about Sally please take a look at her LinkedIn profile:   https://www.linkedin.com/in/sally-beyer/

External presenters and new workshops coming in May and June

In May and June the LDC Development team  have invited a number of external presenter to deliver workshops in several specialised subjects. These include a repeat of many well-received workshops offered in previous years to further develop your techniques in research thinking and problem-solving, prepare your writing for publication, writing grant proposals and building an academic career.

 ——–        Full LDC Development Timetable            ——–

May: The workshops for May currently open for booking include:

Practical Thinking for Researchers Dr Adrian West 22nd May 09:15 – 16:30
Getting your Work Published Dr Jen Allanson 08th May 13:30 – 16:30
Building a Successful Academic Career Dr Jen Allanson 08th May 09:30 – 12:30

Save the date:  We have the following workshops planned for June; booking will open at the start of May. (Note: * indicates a half day workshop.)

Problem Solving and Decision Making for Researchers Dr Adrian West 5th June
Introduction to Project Management Dr Fraser Robertson 14th June
Writing a Scientific Article * (am) Dr Jen Allanson 19th June
Getting your work published * (pm) Dr Jen Allanson 19th June
Writing targeted grant proposals Dr Pete Moore 29th June

New LDC Development Workshops

During this period, the LDC Development team is  offering some new full day and half- day workshops as follows

Problem-solving with LEGO® Serious Play® 02nd May 12:30 – 16:30
Planning and Preparing an Effective Research Presentation 23th May 09:30 – 12:30
Gaining Confidence as a Researcher Using Design Thinking 30th May 10:00 – 16:30
Improving your Social Wellbeing as a Researcher using Design Thinking 20th June

We are also providing a further offering of sought-after sessions on Thesis Writing and workshops and webinars to help you prepare for your career. See LDC Development Timetable for details and booking information.

Upcoming webinars to introduce the Researchers in Schools programme

The Researchers in Schools programme is a national programme that offers a direct and supported route into teaching in UK schools, post your PhD, that is dedicated for PhD Researchers. You can find out more by attending one of their free upcoming webinars on the 28th March or 4th April

Details for times and registration are on their website at http://www.researchersinschools.org/

Introduction from  the organisers: The Researchers in Schools programme is the world’s only fully-salaried route into teaching tailored exclusively to PhD researchers. We look for candidates with a desire to improve the educational prospects of pupils across the country and outstanding interpersonal skills to train to become classroom teachers. As a subject leader within your school, you’ll help support pupils, regardless of background, to excel and progress to higher education.
Webinar dates: 28th March  4th April
Join our webinar to find out more about what a career in teaching with RIS can offer you. You’ll hear about how our programme is specifically designed for doctoral researchers as well as the many unique benefits the programme can offer you, including:
• The salary and salary uplift scheme, supported by the Department for Education
• The structured fully-funded teacher training
• One day per week of protected time to focus on improving outcomes for pupils from underrepresented backgrounds, promoting university access and research
• The honorary academic status awarded from a research-intensive university
If you’re looking to build a rewarding and long-lasting career that allows you to use your PhD to directly impact on the educational outcomes of pupils, sign-up and find out more.

LDC Development Programme for February/March 2018

All our workshops are now open for registration up to the end of March. These include a range of webinars and short workshops covering writing and presentation skills, careers preparation as well as a begin of our new series on Design Thinking.

For new PGRs (or those who missed workshop last term)

Introduction to the Research Environment 27-Feb 09:15 – 16:30

 Developing your written skills

Webinar: Research Writing – maintaining motivation for your writing 05-Mar 12:30 – 13:30
Webinar: Research Writing – communicating your research effectively 12-Mar 12:30 – 13:30
BiteSize Thesis: format & structure – full booked 08-Mar 14:00 – 16:00
BiteSize Thesis: edit for clarity 13-Mar 14:00 – 16:00
BiteSize Thesis: read, write, repeat 27-Mar 14:00 – 16:00
BiteSize Thesis: overcoming writer’s block 29-Mar 14:00 – 16:00
Webinar: Writing for ‘The Conversation’ – for PhD researchers
– led by PhD Researchers sharing their experience
22 March 12:30 – 13:30

Developing your presentation skills

Preparing Poster Presentations 01-Mar 12:30 – 15:30
Webinar: Enhancing your Research Presentations 1; defining your message 19-Mar 12:30 – 13:30
Webinar: Enhancing your Research Presentations 2, delivery 26-Mar 12:30 – 13:30

Developing your creative confidence

Design Thinking Studio 1: Empathy and Defining the Problem 28-Feb 13:00 – 16:30
Design Thinking Studio 2: Ideate and Rapid Prototyping 14-Mar 13:00 – 16:30

Developing your research productivity

Webinar: Introduction to Facilitation
– Part of the Development Tutor Scheme.
21 March 12:30 – 13:30
Public Engagement Incubator 07-Mar 13:00 – 16:30

 Preparing for your career

Developing Networking Skills 28-Feb 09:15 – 12:30
Webinar: Developing effective CVs and Applications 28-Feb 13:30 – 14:30
Making an Impact in Work 07-Mar 09:30 – 12:30
Webinar: Effective Interview Skills 07-Mar 13:30 – 14:30
Making Academic Applications 08-Mar 09:15 – 12:30

Please follow the above links for further details or see the LDC Development Timetable.

Developing your Creative Confidence: Design Thinking your PhD

Conducting original scholarship requires a wide range of skills and behavioural traits associated with creativity, including curiosity, motivation, risk-taking, problem-solving, collaboration, playfulness, tolerance for ambiguity and a willingness to overcome failure. While you might not claim that you are ‘creative’, creativity is an important part of what you do as a researcher. Developing your creative confidence can help improve your research processes, impact, communication, working style, emotional state and the assumptions that result in us sometimes feeling ‘stuck’ when we face barriers.

As part of the LDC Development Programme, we offer a series of workshops devoted to fostering your creative confidence so you can take positive actions towards reaching your goals and build lasting social connections through the Design Thinking process.

What’s Design Thinking?
Design Thinking is a process of thinking and working that can be used to design innovative solutions, including solutions to the varied challenges that will arise while pursuing a research degree. This approach can be used to reimagine better solutions to:

* Your PhD experience
* Exploring career options
* Research processes and productivity
* Public engagement
* Participatory research
* Interdisciplinary collaborations
* Co-creation with industry and other partners
* Developing curriculum and teaching

The Design Thinking Process

Join us for our first series of Design Thinking Studios!

Design Thinking Studio One: 

Empathy and Defining the Problem

Wed 28 February 2018

13:00 – 16:30

Design Thinking Studio Two:

Ideate and Rapid Prototyping

Wed 14 March 2018

13:00 – 16:30

Design Thinking Studio Three:

Refining your Prototype, Iteration and Testing (booking opens soon)

 Wed 18 April 2018

13:00 – 16:30

What you can do now to prepare for your ongoing career

The LDC Development team  and the Careers service have a range of events in coming weeks for both those early in their degree a well as  those who are preparing applications. These are listed below, together with further online offerings that support your career preparation.

LDC Development Programme

Career Management                       01 Feb         09:15 – 12:30
This thought provoking and interactive session will enable you to explore how employable you are, identify the work values that drive you and set personal and professional goals for the next 3 years.

Developing Your Interview skills         15 Feb       09:15 – 12:30
An interactive session will help you gain confidence in your ability to perform at interview, define the essential preparation and manage your verbal and visual impact on others.

Developing Networking Skills             28 Feb         09:15 – 12:30
A fun and practical session to give you confidence to network effectively, to  help you develop your network map of current contacts and focus on what potential links you will need to make in the future to enhance your career.

Webinar: Developing effective CVs and Applications     28 Feb    13:30 – 14:30
Create excellent written applications for both academic and non-academic roles and identify key steps you can take to increase your chances of being shortlisted for posts when applying with CVs, applications and covering letters.

For further information follow the above registration links. Full information will be sent by email nearer the event.

Coming up in March, (booking to open shortly):

Making an Impact in Work                     07 March 09:15 – 12:30
Webinar: Effective Interview Skills       07 March 13:30 – 14:30
Making Academic Applications               08 March 09:15 – 12:30

Careers Service Events

Postgraduate Research (PhD/MRES) students: 30 minute guide to improving your CV.
Tue 20 Feb 2018, 12:15 PM – 12:45 PM      Fri 16 Mar 2018, 1:15 PM – 1:45 PM
We’ll help you work on your layout, structure and content by looking at the 10 key rules of the applications game. Please bring a copy of your CV with you as you’ll need it for this session.

Careers & Employability Service meeting room. The Careers & Employability Service is located in the Alsop Building, University Square (building 750 on the campus map).

Liverpool Spring Careers Fair 2018          Wed 7 Mar 2018, 10:30 AM – 3:30 PM

The Spring Careers Fair is back to give University of Liverpool students a head start in their job search. With around 60 exhibitors offering internship, placement and graduate opportunities for 2018 and beyond, it’s an event not to be missed!

The Crypt, Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, Mount Pleasant, Liverpool L3 5TQ

Further Online sources

If you cannot attend the Career Management workshop, you may be interested  in the ‘What Next’ video: The ‘What Next?’ Video

Career Management Skills Resources
Our online resources offer a further range of relevant advice from networking and assessing your own skills through to preparing applications.

Career Management for Early Career Academic Researchers (MOOC online course)

Alternatively, you may be interested in this four week online course, open to PhD researchers across the UK. (Follow link for details).

The first offering starts 5th March.

Developing your research skills? See our Webinar Programme for Autumn

This Autumn the LDC Development team are offering webinars on a range of different topics, particularly aimed at those new to research, but open to all postgraduate researchers.  In these sessions, we guidance, advice and suggestions  to help you improve your practice in these research skills.

These online  sessions all include a chat area for participants to introduce themselves, ask questions or raise concerns, but also  to share their own practice and so learn from each other!

All session should be recorded and we provide additional resources to supplement  the sessions that you can access after the event.

The events listed below are  open for booking. (Most events will be repeated in Spring 2018.)

30-Oct
12:30 – 13:30
Webinar: Time – management for PhD researchers
– Offering a variety of approaches to help you manage your research time more effectively
06-Nov
12:30 – 13:30
Webinar: Creating your own plan of professional development
– To help you create a plan to meet your own long term goals as a researcher or for your longer term career
13-Nov
12:30 – 13:30
Webinar: Surviving the PhD
– Advice and suggestions to help you solve many problems commonly faced by new PhD researchers
20-Nov
12:30 – 13:30
Webinar: Research Writing – Maintaining motivation for your writing
– Guidance to help you develop your writing practice from creating notes to gaining good feedback.
27-Nov
12:30 – 13:30
Webinar: Research Writing: communicating your research effectively
– Advice to communicate effectively in your writing and to start writing for publication.
04-Dec
12:30 – 13:30
Webinar: Enhancing your Research Presentations 1, defining your message
– Advice to plan and prepare a compelling presentation
11-Dec
12:30 – 13:30
Webinar: Enhancing your Research Presentations 2, delivery
– Advice to best manage and deliver  your presentations.

In addition:

8 Nov, 29 Nov
12:30 – 13:30
Webinar: Effectively using the PGR Toolbox
– for those who want additional support to use this tool.

All those registered will receive an email confirmation and should check that Eventbrite is using their University email.  The web link to access these events is normally sent about half an hour before the event begins and is sent to this same email address.

Careers webinars

The above series is supplemented by two webinars delivered by an external careers consultant:

02-Nov
13:30 – 14:30
Webinar: Networking Skills
– Identify ways to develop your networking ability and expand your support community.
07-Dec
13:30 – 14:30
Webinar: Using LinkedIn to manage your career
-Explore how LinkedIn can be used to enhance your career and why you need to be on there!

See the timetable on our website for information on further workshops offered by the LDC Development team.

Are you prepared for your future career?

The LDC Development team offer various workshops, webinars and other resources to help your career preparation and which you can access at any stage of your PhD.

Workshops and webinars

We still have some places on the following workshops coming up this Autumn:

26 Oct 09:15 – 12:30 Developing Networking Skills
31 Oct 09:15 – 12:30 Career Management
02 Nov 09:15 – 12:30 Developing your Interview Skills
23 Nov 09:15 – 12:30 Making an Impact in Work
07 Dec 09:15 – 12:30 Making Academic Applications

And the two webinars:

02 Nov 13:30 – 14:30 Webinar: Networking Skills
07 Dec 13:30 – 14:30 Webinar: Using LinkedIn to manage your career

Online Resources

Our online resources will help you create your own career plan, to help you select the events that might your career preparation and find out  further information that will help you make informed choices.

Career Management Skills Resources

The ‘What Next’ video may also help you select your future career: The ‘What Next?’ Video

Careers and Employability service

Finally, don’t forget that the Careers and Employability service offer a wide range of events, particularly with local employers, which will be of particular interest to those seeking a career outside of academic life.

See further information in the CareerHub (requires registration and login)