LDC PGR Development Careers Preparation Events – January – February 2017

19 JAN 09.15 – 12.30 Career Management
26 JAN 09.15 – 12.30 Developing Your Networking Skills
26 JAN 13.30 – 14.30 Webinar: Networking Skills
02 FEB 09.15 – 12.30 Developing Your Interview Skills
02 FEB 13.30 – 14.30 Webinar: Effective Interview Skills
03 FEB 8.30 – 5.00 Enterprise Bridge
16 FEB 09.15 – 12.30 Making an Impact in Work

The Need for Careers Preparation
The careers of doctoral graduates have never been more important for the future of the world. There are many more PhDs now than there are academic jobs out there in the developed world and this has been the situation since the start of the century. However, PhDs have the highest employability of any academic qualification and the world needs brilliant, multi-skilled, geniuses who can put together precise long and short- term projects and who can communicate their skills and their findings to expert and non-expert audiences. Not many PGRs or their Supervisors look at the expectations and learning outcomes for a doctorate – but the skills on view are very impressive. As the QAA state, typically, PhDs will be able to:

  • make informed judgements on complex issues in specialist fields, often in the absence of complete data, and be able to communicate their ideas and conclusions clearly and effectively to specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • continue to undertake pure and/or applied research and development at an advanced level, contributing substantially to the development of new techniques, ideas or approaches and will have:
  • the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring the exercise of personal responsibility and largely autonomous initiative in complex and unpredictable situations, in professional or equivalent environments.

To discover more about your employment prospects have a look at the latest research from Vitae (you will need to log in). The executive summary tells it like it is. All the more reason to be prepared and attend the following exciting career preparation events taking place in the next two months.

19 JAN 09.15 – 12.30 Career Management
(Half-day workshop) 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. Along with creating a plan of action for you to maximise your potential both in and outside of work, it will give you some breathing space in a non-judgmental environment, providing tools to be honest with yourself about what you really want.
This workshop offers opportunities to gain skills outlined in the RDF subdomains B1, B2 & B3.
To book on this workshop go here:

26 JAN 09.15 – 12.30 Developing Your Networking Skills
(Half-day workshop) This fun and practical session will give you confidence to network effectively. We will 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. The session will provide practical techniques to structure your networking approach, enhance your rapport building skills using Neuro-Linguistic Programming Techniques and help you to identify and hone your ‘Elevator Pitch’ to promote yourself and your research. This workshop offers opportunities to gain skills outlined in the RDF subdomains B1, B3 & D2
To book on this workshop go here:

26 JAN 13.30 – 14.30 Webinar: Networking Skills, 13.30-14.30 UK Time
A practical webinar designed to help you identify ways to develop your networking ability and expand your support community. Objectives are:
How to identify and build your network
Explore how to use Information interviews
Utilise tips to network at conferences
Identify and hone your ‘Elevator Pitch’
Develop your rapport building skills
This workshop offers opportunities to gain skills outlined in the RDF subdomain B3.
To book on this workshop go here:

02 FEB 09.15 – 12.30 Developing Your Interview Skills
This interactive session will help you gain confidence in your ability to perform at interview, and manage your verbal and visual impact on others. It will explore what essential preparation you need to carry out before your interview and help you to identify and prepare for questions that you might be asked.

02 FEB 13.30 – 14.30 Webinar: Effective Interview Skills
This webinar is designed to boost your confidence and understanding of how to shine throughout the selection process

3 FEB 8.30 – 5.00 Enterprise Bridge
Enterprise Bridge is an intensive one day event allowing participants to work directly businesses on a short consultation project as part of a small team. Participation in the event can also lead to a work placement as part of the LDC Placement Scheme.img_0636 A non-disclosure agreement allows all participants, employers and research students, to work together freely but with confidential material. Businesses donate their time and expertise to Enterprise Bridge with a view to giving you an opportunity to test, develop and stretch your enterprise and consultancy skills. One employer at Enterprise Bridge said it was ‘a unique and refreshing outlook from academically minded individuals on our business challenge.’ It will allow you to develop experience around enterprise, engagement and impact including: innovation, creativity, problem solving, communication, time and project management, customer relationship, research skills and business acumen.
We have four businesses ready to participate and offer their separate challenges:
Aspire Mentorship – London based medical training organisation
Rampworx – Liverpool based skate park
Qualpak – manufacturer and distributor of flexible packaging products
Odin Events – Dales based Entertainment Solutions company

Enterprise Bridge – the day
8.30 Networking breakfast – participants, business representatives and academics
9.30 Director’s welcome, introductions, what the exercise is about
10.00 Acting as consultants – teamwork and communication
11.00 Team prepares for meeting the client
11.30 First client meeting (opportunities for further consultation through the day)
12.00 Teamwork with break for lunch
3.00 Draft presentation
5.00 Evening presentations to clients – buffet reception and networking
7.00 close
An enterprising approach benefits research graduates wherever they go – into an academic or research career, into teaching, industry or self-employment. Previous participants said:
‘The most valuable for me was, working with real enterprise. Real problems and coming up with real solutions.’
‘It is the best PGR day workshop I have attended in recent times.’
Read the report on Enterprise Bridge here:enterprise-bridgepostwkspreport1
This workshop offers opportunities to gain skills outlined in the RDF subdomains B3, D1, D2, D3,
To book on this workshop go here:

16 FEB 09.15 – 12.30 Making an Impact in Work
Along with looking at levels of self awareness, listening skills, assertiveness and performance in meetings; we will introduce you to Emotional Intelligence and how it influences relationships and performance within a work environment. The session will also give you ideas on how to plan for your career development within an organisation, helping you to think about who to influence and how.

To book on this workshop go here.

 

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PGR Development workshops for 2017 – communicating your research inside and outside the University

PGR Development have now opened booking for workshops in January and February 2017. Full details, including dates and links to booking forms are provided on our Timetable

This programme includes new workshops and courses to help your communicate your research within and outside your field, in addition to further dates for the career related workshops and the webinars offered this Autumn.

Communicating your research

Presenting for Public Engagement14 Feb This full day workshop offers experiential learning in advanced presentation skills techniques and aims to prepare PGRs for presenting their research to wider public.

Preparing poster presentations19 Jan16 Feb What makes a good poster, and how do you maximise this opportunity to generate discussion around your research topic? This half-day workshop  offers experiential learning in poster design and presentation skills.

Communicating Research in Humanities and Social Sciences Online 30 Jan – 10 April 2017

Communicating Research in Sciences Online 30 Jan – 10 April 2017

These are two Ten week online courses that offer participants opportunities to develop and share their own research and PhD related issues in a supportive and structured online environment. A direct outcome of the course is a ready-made blog for those researchers interested in sharing their research with the wider public.

See also  the repeated offering of our half day sessions on ‘Delivering Academic Presentations’ and  the webinars on research writing and delivering effective presentations. See our Timetable for information.
The following introductory workshops also offer practice in communicating your research:

Public Engagement in the Research Environment 18 Jan

Introduction to the Research Environment 1st Feb

Careers support

We offer new dates for the five half day careers workshops, from ‘Career Management’, 19 Jan to Developing Your Networking Skills, 26 Jan,  to ‘Preparing Academic applications’in March,  together with two new webinars:

Networking Skills, 26 Jan 13.30-14.30  – A practical webinar designed to help you identify ways to develop your networking ability and expand your support community. A practical session to gain confidence in your ability to network effectively.

Effective Interview Skills 2 Feb 13.30 – 14.30 -This session is designed to boost your confidence and understanding of how to shine throughout the selection process.