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Doctoral College Employability Conference (February Research Symposium)
Mon 13 February 2017, 10:00 – 17:00 GMT
This event aims to support PGRS in developing their employability skills. The day will be split into two parts. The first part of the day is open to all PGRS and will focus on developing the skills required to perform well in job interviews, such as: good interview technique, how to present yourself in an interview, how to give a good interview presentation and the types of questions that interviewers might ask.
The second part of the Employability Conference will take place in the afternoon and offers PGRS with the opportunity to experience and practise a professional job interview. Interview slots need to be booked in advance through Dr Debra Cureton (firstname.lastname@example.org). PGRS wishing to take up the offer of an interview will also be asked to attend the Quarterly Research Day (24th January https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/quarterly-research-day-tickets-26440078988) and to complete an application form and personal statement.
An overview of the process is outlined below.
Employability Conference Overview
The Doctoral College is running an employability conference for its postgraduate researchers as part of Employability Week. The event’s aim is to provide a supported experiential learning experience that will enhance PGRS employability skills. There will be an event in January (24th January - the Quarterly Research Day) that will focus on making job applications with information on researching a role, promotion of self in the application process and writing a good personal statement. At this event the Doctoral College will offer PGRS with the opportunity to practise making an application and experiencing a professional job interview. Should PGRS wish to take part in the interview afternoon part of the Employability Conference, they will be invited to book an interview spot and will be offered the choice of a job description for:
- a generic lecturer role,
- a generic Post Doc research role
- a generic leadership role.
Between Jan and Feb, we will ask PGRS to generate a personal statement for their chosen job role, to submit this to the Doctoral College and then start the preparation for their 45 minute interview experience.
The Employability Conference will take place on the 13th February. The morning of the employability conference will be open to all PGRS and will provide some development opportunities around interview technique, interview questions and presentation skills.
The interview will take place during the afternoon of the 13th Feb and will be carried out by people within the University who have experience of interviewing for lecturing posts, leadership roles and post-doctoral research roles. The interview will be delivered against the selected job description and the personal statement that the PGRS prepares. The interview will be about 45 minutes and will include 20/25 minute interview time; 10 minutes face to face feedback and some written feedback.
Interviews will be offered at:
- 2.10 – 2.55
- 3.05 – 3.50
- 4.00 – 4.45
This workshop is open to all doctoral researchers at the University of Wolverhampton.
Please not that this workshop will be available on Periscope @wlv_doctoralcol