Job searching in (or after) a pandemic?


For those near completion and now in the process of job searching, the challenges of the pandemic can make this process more challenging than before.  This means that planning ahead and making essential preparation is particularly important,, as highlighted in a recent article from jobs.ac.uk, ‘Getting your post-PhD job during COVID-19‘.

Our upcoming programme includes a number of online workshops, delivered by our Careers Consultant, Sally Beyer,  to support your career preparation, including two workshops to help your mental preparation and mind-set:

22 April09:30 – 12:00The Emotionally Intelligent Researcher
20 May09:30 – 12:00Overcoming Imposter Syndrome

For those close to PhD completion, and for whom career preparation is urgent, we still have places on the next Career boot-camp

06 May09:30 – 12:00PGR ‘Career Ready’ Bootcamp

The programme includes further career-focussed workshops for those at all stages of their PhD:

15 April09:30 – 12:00Shining at Interview
13 May09:30 – 12:00Effective Career Networking
10 June09:30 – 12:00Creating Effective Job Applications

Past feedback: From the Career-Wise Researcher  Workshop:

“A great opportunity to really think about your personal and career goals and consider the steps you can take to improve your chances of success”

“Good for identifying your inspiration, reflection on what you want from your career and a reminder of why you signed up for a PhD in the first place”

Further ways to prepare for the future

If you are still far from completion you will have more time for career preparation, and time to review your interests and assess the activities that you should be engaging in now to further those interests. We have a new workshop series, based in an engaging game format,  to  consider how the ingenuity, perseverance and opportunity can help you reach your desired ambitions:

25th May – 8th June Star Researcher”:Team Missions to Help You Make Progress Now

If you are looking at other activities to supplement the experience in your PhD, you might also consider the opportunities to teach your research area in local schools through the Brilliant Club:

20-Apr13:00 – 15:00Webinar: The Brilliant Club & PhD Tutor Opportunities in the Scholars Programme

Peers for PhDs Event: Having fun outside of PhD work

30th March at 5-6:30pm

Please register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/peers-for-phds-event-having-fun-outside-of-phd-work-tickets-145651883705

Information from the Peers for PhD team:

In this session we’ll be discussing tips and methods in ways we wind down and enjoy our free time outside of research! Sharing resources, routes to go on walks, and all things we enjoy! This will be an informal discussion where we can share our hobbies and remind ourselves why it’s important to maintain a good-work life balance and be happy outside of our PhDs.

All PhD students at the University of Liverpool are invited to join the conversation.

Peers for PhDs is a student-led project for people undertaking PhDs at the University of Liverpool. We aim to support wellbeing by providing more opportunities for postgraduate researchers from across the university to meet, share practical solutions to common challenges and support each through the ups and downs of the PhD. You can be added to the mailing list to hear about future events or ask questions by contacting ella.fox-widdows@liverpool.ac.uk

LDC Development Programme: April – June 2021

We have opened booking for most of the remaining events for this academic year on March 5th. These cover a range of subjects and include some exciting events new to the programme. The workshops are arranged under the following headings:

NB you will need to register for each workshop in the lists below separately.
Places are still very limited – please only book if you can attend!

Also, if anyone is interested in the opportunities to teach your research area in local schools and hear about the work of the Brilliant Club, they are offering an upcoming webinar:

20-Apr13:00 – 15:00Webinar: The Brilliant Club & PhD Tutor Opportunities in the Scholars Programme

Workshops to develop your writing

The upcoming programme includes a range of workshops to help you improve your writing techniques including two new series of workshops provided by Dr Matt Lane, who delivered our ‘From Surviving to Thriving’ series.
Places on all workshops are limited so we ask that you only book on one of the following three workshop series, to allow others the opportunities (Thank you!)

1. Dr Matt Lane’s first workshop is aimed at those in their first year and are writing their Literature review or their First year report:

28-Apr09:30 – 12:30Writing the First Year: The Literature Review and First Year Report

2. Dr Matt Lane will also deliver a further series for those in their second year or beyond and are looking to advance their writing skills for research publications or their thesis:

04-May09:30 – 12:30The Foundations of Academic Writing, Part 1 – Laying the Foundation
11-May09:30 – 12:30The Foundations of Academic Writing, Part 2 – Effective Drafting
18-May09:30 – 12:30The Foundations of Academic Writing, Part 3 – Effective Editing

3. In addition, we are also offering three shorter webinars, delivered by Dr Shirley Cooper and based on the research writing webinars provided in previous years.:

14-Apr13:00 – 15:00Webinar: Developing Writing Techniques – Finding Motivation
21-Apr13:00 – 15:00 Webinar: Developing Writing Techniques – The Academic Document 
28-Apr13:00 – 15:00 Webinar: Developing Writing Techniques – The Editing Process

Research challenges and productivity

These remain challenging times and the following workshops aim to support you overcome general challenges as a researcher:

22-Apr09:30 – 12:00The Emotionally Intelligent Researcher
19-May13:00 – 15:15Surviving the PhD – The Middle Years
09-Jun09:30 – 11:30Webinar: Get Unstuck – Procrastination Busting Techniques
23 Jun09:30 – 11:30 Taking Charge of Your Time: Avoid Drifting

The following series from the Company of Mind will also help you gain control:

13-Apr10:00 – 12:30Getting Organised for Research (and Life) 1, Tasks that Plague our Minds
20-Apr10:00 – 12:30Getting Organised for Research (and Life) 2, Research Literature and Information
27-Apr10:00 – 12:30Getting Organised for Research (and Life) 3, Get Control of Life’s Projects

Finally it is a pleasure to welcome Dr Fraser Robertson of Fistral Training & Consultancy for a repeats of the Project management workshops:

7 May09:30 – 11:30 Introduction to Project Planning, Part 1: Establishing Foundations
14 May09:30 – 11:30Introduction to Project Planning, Part 2: Scoping the Project
21 May09:30 – 11:30Introduction to Project Planning, Part 3: Creating the Plan

Careers Preparation

The following workshops, delivered by our Careers consultant Sally Beyer, will help those preparing for a career at all stages of the PhD:

15-Apr09:30 – 12:00Shining at Interview
06-May09:30 – 12:00PGR ‘Career Ready’ Bootcamp
13-May09:30 – 12:00Effective Career Networking
20-May09:30 – 12:00Overcoming Imposter Syndrome
10-Jun09:30 – 12:00Creating Effective Job Applications

Details still to come:

We expect to continue our online writing retreats over the summer period. New dates will be share with all who have already signed up to the existing list for these retreats on the link:

Online Writing Retreats

New Series – We have now released details of a further series of team-based workshops by the Company of Mind (Dr Adrian West)., which are spread over the three dates: 25th May, 1st June and 8th June.

“Star Researcher”:Team Missions to Help You Make Progress Now

A full up-to-date list of all events is available on our programme timetable.