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Employability Conference

After its highly successful launch in 2016, the Doctoral College Employability Conference is returning for a second year during the University's Careers Development Week. This two stage event aims to provide you with information and the opportunity to deliver your skills around apply for academic and managerial roles.

The conference includes two events:

1) An applications workshops

2) The Employability Conference which includes the opportunity to book a mock job interview.


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 the second event the Doctoral College will offer postgraduate researchers with the opportunity to practise their interview techniques, learn more about the types of interview questions asked and the types of answers that interviews are expecting.

This event also provides the opportunity to make 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-doctoral research role
  • a generic leadership role.

Interview slots need to be booked in advance through Dr Debra Cureton (

PGRS wishing to take up the offer of an interview will also be asked to attend the Quarterly Research Day (15th January) and to complete an application form and personal statement. The details for both events are outlined below:

The Quarterly Research Day (15th January, 2018)

This event runs from 1 pm until 4pm in MD165 and will focus on how to write a good personal statement, how communicate well and good presentation skills and researching the organisation that you want to work for so that you make impact at your interview.

The overview of the sessions is below:

  • Welcomes and overviews
  • Personal Statements
  • Clear, concise communication
  • Selection of job descriptions and booking practice interviews for those who want then
  • Comfort break
  • Researching Organisations (Ben Halligan)
  • Questions and conclusions

Booking is available here insert Eventbrite link

Employability Conference (14th February, 2017)

The Employability Conference will take place on the 14th 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 interviews will take place during the afternoon of the 14th 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 conducted by senior managers at the University of Wolverhampton and will be available at:

  • 2.10 – 2.55
  • 3.05 – 3.50
  • 4.00 – 4.45

Booking is available at insert Eventbrite link Homework Between Jan 15th and Feb 14th, we will ask you to generate a personal statement for your chosen job role, to submit this to the Doctoral College on the 5th February. You will also need to start the preparation for your 45 minute interview experience.

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