Are you a Humanities PGR? Unsure about the range of career options available to you? Then look no further….
Where do Arts and Humanities PGRs go after their PhD?
Vitae’s “What Do Researchers Do” identified the first career destinations of Arts & Humanities (A&H) doctoral graduates in the UK. The results are very interesting and suggest that getting an early handle on the sorts of careers available to you could pay off great dividends in the future. Here’s a glimpse at just some of the findings:
■ The education sector (both higher and other education, across occupations) was consistently the largest employmentarea for A&H respondents. It absorbed 69% in 2007 and averaged 67% over 2003–2007■ A&H respondents 2003–2007 were more than twice as likely to enter ‘education and teaching’ occupations (48%) thanrespondents across all disciplines (22%)■ A subset of these, 27% of all respondents in UK employment, entered HE lecturing roles, almost double the rate acrossall disciplines (14%)■ The percentage working in all research roles was 18%, well below the all disciplines average (35%)■ The proportion working as research staff in higher education was 14% (2003–2007), well below the all disciplines average (23%)(SOURCE: Vitae “What Do Researchers Do?” (June, 2009)
So how can Pathways help Humanities PGRs?
Pathways is the largest Postgraduate Careers event in the UK and it’s hosted right here at the University of Manchester. It takes place on Friday 11th & Monday 14th June at the Renold Building, North Campus and Wednesday 16th of June 2010 at the Armitage Centre, Fallowfield.
There are 3 jam-packed days bursting with the latest careers news and information just for PGRs and Research Staff. There are also loads of opportunities to talk to careers advisers, trainers, other postgrads and those who have already got their PhD and are successfully making it in the world of work. Here’s how the event pans out:
- Day One – Panel Sessions – the first day is made up of several parallel ‘panel’ sessions made up of speakers who have already got their PhD and who are coming back to Manchester to speak about their career to-date. For Humanities PGRs relevant panel sessions include: opportunities for Humanities, jobs in consultancy, Non-academic careers in Universities, Academic careers for Humanities, Research Outside Academia, Careers in Research Management, Museums Libraries and Information Services, Business & Management Roles, Working in the Public Sector, Training & Development Roles, Teaching outside of Universities and many many more. There will also be information sessions and you can meet representatives from the STEPs University-wide skills training newsletter.
- Day Two – having had the weekend to mull over what the panellists have told you, the second day of Pathways has a series of careers-orientated training workshops which can help you to achieve your potential and be in the best possible position to compete for your dream job. Workshops on offer include advice on handling assessment centres, as well as job hunting advice and interview training.
- Day Three – as if all that wasn’t enough, the third day (16th June) actually connects you with employers who specifically recruit PGRs in The PhD Zone @ the Graduate Recruitment Fair.
Still not convinced? Let Elizabeth tell you some more: http://manchesterpgcareers.wordpress.com/pathways/. Last year’s event was so good it got shortlisted for a Times Higher Award for Outstanding Support for Early Career Researchers….can you really afford to miss out? Remember you don’t have to attend everything!
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We look forward to seeing you there!