The PhD Beyond the Academy: Rethinking Career Pathways
Call for application for course programme. Deadline Tuesday 18th April.
• Are you considering a career outside academia?
• Would you value the opportunity of engaging with business, industry and recruitment specialists?
• Would you enjoy working with a small cohort of similarly motivated PGRs, learning how to match your unique skills to job sectors and opportunities inside and outside your specialist fields of knowledge?
If the answer is yes to these questions, please take a look at the information and application procedure below.
Once considered as an ‘alternative career path’, the non-academic career is increasingly seen as a realistic and attractive option for PGRs. In this innovative programme, participants will explore opportunities for building non-academic careers and reflect on the knowledge, skills and experience they can bring to non-HE sectors/careers.
The primary methods for engaging participants will be interactive seminars and workshops. There will also be guest presentations by externals (e.g. employers, some of them currently recruiting, as well as recruitment specialists and University of Manchester alumni) and by Careers Service officers of the University. There will also be opportunities to learn from former PGRs now working in non-academic sectors and find out about their experience of making the transition, either after their PhDs, or at a later stage in life.
Each session will contain a practical element, in which students carry out a number of ‘real life’ tasks, including: conducting a search for relevant job opportunities; writing non-academic CVs; filling in application forms with covering letters and preparing for an interview/ presenting an interview question.
The programme also offers an introduction to opportunities and essential knowledge for freelance and business start-up, including not-for-profit, cooperative and social enterprise models.
This pilot programme is limited to eighteen PGRs in the Faculty of Humanities and NWCDTP, applying through an open call followed by a selection process designed to determine the suitability of the programme to participants’ needs and level of participant commitment.
Sessions are cumulative and designed to build practical knowledge and experience of the non HE-sector. For their benefit and for the success of the programme we expect all participants to attend all sessions.
Please include the following:
Name and contact details; Area of research; supervisors’ names and departments.
A brief statement of interest (no more than 200 words) setting out your interest in building a career outside academia and how you feel you might benefit from this course. Please confirm that you are prepared to commit to all the dates detailed below in the programme of sessions and that you have your supervisors’ support. Please include a brief CV (2 pages maximum)
Please send to Pauline Hadaway, Course Co-ordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for applications noon Tuesday 18 April 2017. Confirmation of selection Friday 21 April 2017
Programme of sessions
1. Knowledge and understanding of needs and priorities of prospective employers and identifying and developing transferable skills. 12.00 – 3.30 pm. 2 May
2. Matching subject knowledge, skills and experience to employer needs and opportunities in the job market. 12.00 – 3.30 pm. 8 May
3. Knowledge of resources for training, skills development and networking available inside and outside the university. 12.00 – 3.30 pm. 15 May
4. How to write effective CVs, job applications. 12.00 – 3.30 pm. 6 June
5. Freelance and start-up business models. 12.00 – 3.30 pm. 12 June
6. How to present yourself with confidence at interview (Preparing a mock interview). 12.00 – 3.30 pm. 19 June
7. Presentations and interviews (Presenting a mock interview). 12.00 – 3.30 pm. 26 June
8. Networking and future plans. 12.00 – 3.30 pm. 3 July