Career preparation – for all stages of the PhD

Are you wondering what career preparation you can do early in the PhD while keeping your career options open?

Or are you in the later stages of the PhD, and looking for advice to prepare for upcoming applications?

At the start of a three or more year research degree it is easy to feel that you have plenty of time to consider your choice of future career. In fact, you can take many actions early on whilst still keeping your careers options open. You have time to research information on potential choices and assess your personal preferences. You can also focus on your professional development, and develop skills within your research that will also promote your ongoing career prospects. This form of career planning is often referred to as ‘Planned Happenstance’, a career model that fits quite well with many academic careers. The aim is to focus on activities that motivate you and so to build a CV that will support you in a career that matches your preferences. To find out more see our online Career management resources.

The LDC Development programme provides workshops and webinars to help you at all stages of your career preparation, from more general career planning, to preparing for actual applications. We also offer further sessions to help you prepare emotionally for moving into your career after the PhD. In 2020, we will also offer a session to help you manage ‘Imposter Syndrome’. Our upcoming sessions are as follows:

Career planning and long-term preparation

Careers – The Career Wise Researcher07 Nov09:15 – 12:30
Careers – Effective Career Networking14 Nov09:15 – 12:30
Webinar: Using LinkedIn to manage your career21 Nov13:30 – 14:30
Webinar: Promoting yourself through networking5 Dec13:30 – 14:30

Preparing for applications

Careers – Shining at Interview 21 Nov09:15 – 12:30
Careers – Get that Academic job!28 Nov09:15 – 12:30

Managing yourself

The Emotionally Intelligent Researcher05 Dec09:15 – 12:30

You can find additional information in our career management online resources.

Looking to the future – or do you need to overcome your Imposter Syndrome first?

Do you need help making academic applications?
Do you urgently need support with your career thinking and planning ?
Are you constantly struggling with self-doubt?

We have three events coming up that can help you prepare for your future career, in research or otherwise, including one last event offering proven techniques to help those suffering from Imposter syndrome.

PGR ‘Career Ready’ Boot Camp  13-Jun      09:15 – 16:00

Delivered by Sally Beyer, this one-day interactive workshop is for those in the final year before completion to help you make  considered choices about your next steps, provide a structured process to identify personal career goals and to maximise your chances of career success.

“Great session for thinking about career goals and for putting in place a plan of action for career planning/preparation.”
“An engaging workshop to get you thinking about your career options. Very thorough and really helpful!”
‘A ‘Must Attend’.’          
Participants March 2019

Get that Academic Job!                                27-Jun      09:15 – 12:30

Delivered by Sharon Nicholson, this workshop will help you enhance your chances of success in your academic applications. The workshop will help you recognise what is required in academic applications and  provides practical tools to help you promote yourself and present your research, face to face and on paper.

This was eye opening – necessary for preparation and making a good application/interview”.
“Very useful & stimulating. A nice environment to work and learn in and share ideas”.  
Past participants.

Pushing Beyond Imposter Syndrome              04-Jul       09:15 – 12:30

Delivered by Sally Beyer, this workshop will help those suffering from ‘Imposter Syndrome’ through providing proven techniques to help you understand your issues and identifying ways to change your approach.

In a safe and supportive environment, we will consider what imposter syndrome actually is, where it comes from and which groups of people are more likely to suffer from it. Along with identifying how it emerges, you will be introduced to life enhancing techniques that help you to respond to, and progress beyond, your imposter experiences.

Are you looking to use your research experience outside academia after the PhD?

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How my PhD led me to become a Subject Matter Expert’, 23 May 2- 3pm
Dr Roy Grafton, PhD Liverpool

As a PhD researcher, you will develop a considerable knowledge in your area and learn how to use and apply this knowledge. These skills can be valuable  in the business world, particularly in areas of science, IT and healthcare and can help you move towards career in these areas of consultancy. To become a successful ‘subject matter’ expert, you will need to enhance the skills gained from your research with a variety of additional, business skills.

To learn more, come to hear the experience of Dr Roy Grafton, who will present  an outline of his own career, starting out from his PhD in Liverpool  to today working as a consultant for a leading IT management consultancy.  In this session,  he will   also offer an interactive look at different types of career opportunities, career aspirations and most importantly job satisfaction.

Register at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/how-my-phd-led-me-to-become-a-subject-matter-expert-registration-58988874311

Part of ‘Making an Impact Week

PGR ‘Career Ready’ Bootcamp and 1:1 Coaching/Career Clinics

Following this talk, you may want to follow the session up with further preparation for your career. The LDC Development programme has two upcoming opportunities:

PGR ‘Career Ready’ Bootcamp  Thurs, 13 June 2019, 09:15 – 16:00  

1:1 Coaching/Career Clinics – For more details of this provision, see our earlier blog at https://pgrnews.liverpool.ac.uk/?p=3554

Full programme: LDC development programme

PGR ‘Career Ready’ Bootcamp 13 June and 1:1 Coaching/Career Clinics

Seeking extra support with your career planning?

To advance your career planning, as part of the Liverpool Doctoral College Development programme, we are offering  two opportunities for you to gain dedicated support as you consider your options after the PhD, a one day PGR ‘Career Ready’ Bootcamp and 1:1 Coaching/Career Clinics. All sessions will be delivered by Sally Beyer who has specialised career coaching experience. Sally will be familiar to many of you from our careers half day workshops and careers webinars.

PGR ‘Career Ready’ Bootcamp  Thurs, 13 June 2019, 09:15 – 16:00

This one-day interactive workshop is aimed for Post Graduate Researchers in the final year before completion. Wherever you are at in your career thinking and planning, you will find this intensive, fun workshop beneficial.

This workshop will help you meet the following objectives:

• Be equipped with new skills for managing your career
• Assess your current situation – your strengths and areas to focus on related to work opportunities
• Identify what you really want to get from your professional life
• Build a clear picture of what you want to be doing post PhD
• Explore the importance of personal effectiveness and impact on others when working towards your goals, i.e. your confidence, self-belief and proactivity
• Recognise how networking can help you get to where you want to be
• Discuss job searching in an ever-changing work environment
• Get feedback on your current CV
• Set goals and actions for your future

Be inspired to make your own luck, create exciting opportunities for yourself and set sail!

‘Great session for thinking about career goals and for putting in place a plan of action for career planning/preparation.’
‘An engaging workshop to get you thinking about your career options.  Very thorough and really helpful!’
Participants March 2019

1:1 Coaching/Career Clinics

The one hour face-to-face coaching sessions are designed to help you with your career preparation  and they are open to all PGRs at any stage in their degree. The session is completely confidential and may be followed with a further follow-up session by Skype, if required.

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.

Registration for the 1:1 Coaching/Career ClinicsPlease complete the short form on the above link to provide some initial information for registration and send this, using your University of Liverpool email address to Sally Beyer, sallywn@liverpool.ac.uk.
NB Your University of Liverpool email address will be used for identification.

The sessions are offered on a first-come-first-served basis  and are limited to the first 10 applicants.

Pre-session  coaching form-On receiving the form, Sally will  contact you and send a further pre-session coaching form provide her with information to help her best prepare for your coaching session. Your booking  will only be confirmed on completion of this pre-session form.

About your Coach:  Sally is a Careers and Learning & Development professional with over 23 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/.

Are you planning for your future? Are you a ‘career-wise’ researcher?

When did you last take some quality time to think about you,  your future and your future career? Some decisions can be left until later in your PhD, but some essential planning is best started as early as possible.

The Career Wise Researcher 21st March 09:15 – 12:30

This workshop, delivered by an experienced Careers consultant, Sally Beyer, has the following aims:

  • Highlight key themes from contemporary career theory to inspire proactivity and creativity in you for your personal career agility
  • Opportunity to reflect on and collate a foundation of information about yourself that will help you make career choices in the future (relating to both work and life)
  • Give you some breathing space in an environment where no judgments will be made about you – the chance to be honest with yourself about what you really want
  • Time to create a strategic plan for how you will make the most of the next 1-3 years so that you are going in the right direction for you
  • Network with your colleagues to discuss ideas, reflect on experience and support one another

It’s a workshop that helps you to focus on what you are doing, what you want to do in the future and plan how you would like to achieve it
Past Participant

The workshop is one of a series of Careers workshops & a webinar on offer in March & April:

21-Mar 13:30 – 14:30 Webinar: Promoting yourself through networking
28-Mar 09:15 – 12:30 Networking for your Career
04-Apr 09:15 – 12:30 Shining at Interview
11-Apr 09:15 – 12:30 Get that Academic Job!

Online Resources

The LDC Development programme also includes a range of career resources that supplement this programme:

·  30 min video: The ‘What Next?’ Video

·  Online resource linking to specialised subject and career information: Career Management Skills

Are you ready for the next stage in your career?

There are several workshops offered in the next month to help you prepare for your career at the end of the PhD. All those listed here below specifically for postgraduate researchers.

PGR ‘Career Ready’ Bootcamp  Thu, 14 March 2019, 09:15 – 16:00

Sally Beyer, PGR Careers Consultant

This one-day interactive workshop is aimed for Post Graduate Researchers in the final year before completion. Wherever you are at in your career thinking and planning, you will find this intensive, fun workshop beneficial.

This workshop will help you meet the following objectives:

• Be equipped with new skills for managing your career
• Assess your current situation – your strengths and areas to focus on related to work opportunities
• Identify what you really want to get from your professional life
• Build a clear picture of what you want to be doing post PhD
• Explore the importance of personal effectiveness and impact on others when working towards your goals, i.e. your confidence, self-belief and proactivity
• Recognise how networking can help you get to where you want to be
• Discuss job searching in an ever-changing work environment
• Get feedback on your current CV
• Set goals and actions for your future

PGR Researcher week: Further short sessions to help you progress in your career preparation are included in PGR Researcher week:

Tuesday 12 March  15.00 – 16.00 Skills for the Future – how to market your PGR experience to potential employers
Friday 15 March  
10.00 – 11.00
How do researchers find jobs?

The LDC Development programme provides additional career workshops, and a webinar in March and April. Follow the links for further information and registration:

21-Mar 09:15 – 12:30 The Career Wise Researcher
21-Mar 13:30 – 14:30 Webinar: Promoting yourself through networking
28-Mar 09:15 – 12:30 Networking for your Career
04-Apr 09:15 – 12:30 Shining at Interview
11-Apr 09:15 – 12:30 Get that Academic Job!

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/