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PhD Career Development Programme (*Birkbeck Students Only)
Mon, 23 May 2016, 19:00 – Wed, 25 May 2016, 22:00 BST
Personal Branding - 10am – 12pm, 23rd May 2016, Gordon Square, Room 124
Developing a personal brand - creating your image and guiding your reputation - has never been more important. Whether you’re seeking to move up in your organisation, looking for a new job, thinking about making a career change, launching a new business, wanting to attract new clients, or looking to scale your social impact, in today’s rapidly-changing, hyper competitive working world a strong and consistent personal brand is key to creating new opportunities for your career or business.
Personal Branding is not about learning how to "create" a personal brand. It's about learning how to live your personal brand by sharing your authentic self and communicating clearly the value you can provide others. Part of this session will also engage the element of social media as a tool to manage your personal brand. Social media has become the mainstay of many engagement strategies for employers. Connecting with customers and clients alike has never been easier. With social media imposing itself on elements of your personal and professional life, this session also discusses the importance of managing your digital footprint.
Career Mapping – 1pm – 3pm, 23rd May 2016, Gordon Square, Room 124
Participants outline: relevant life history, strengths and capacities; what works and doesn’t in a work situation; possible careers; and possible resources required. Taking a strengths-based approach to identifying resources, the participant will identify ways to reach his or her goal
This session is designed to be a “living document” that should be revisited until the individual meets his or her career goals.
MBTI - http://www.16personalities.com/free-personality-test - Designed to sort on preferences, rather then measuring traits or character. It is the most reliable and most widely used instrument across all sectors.
Targeted Searching – 10am – 12pm, 24th May 2016, Gordon Square, Room 124
Jobvite, TargetJobs, LinkedIn to name a few – there are so many avenues to searching for an opportunity. The only way for employers to filter out hundreds of applications is to utilise an Applicant Tracking System (ATS). However, these are not perfect and are all too often unable to best represent you as a candidate. This session goes in to detail on what you can do to make yourself standout and find those hidden opportunities online.
Getting Published – 1pm – 3pm, 24th May 2016, Gordon Square, Room 124
Encouraging delegates to publish early, starting with short articles, and then leading to a monograph – however, not necessarily one’s PhD, as not all PhDs translate readily into books.
The importance of targeting the right audience via publisher selection, highlighting current changes taking place in publishing due to the influx of online sources and availability of digital material, and how early career researchers can help dictate new technologies and ways of disseminating.
Followed by a brief discussion concerning topics such as the REF, publishing ethics, PhD embargoes, timeliness of publication, and expected price and profits related to publication.
Researching and Public Engagement – 10am – 12pm, 25th May 2016, Gordon Square, Room 124
Introduction to Public Engagement for Post-Graduates
Learning Objectives/ Outcomes
Public Engagement at Birkbeck, what is it and why do we do it?
Audience understanding and identification
Identifying personal aims and objectives for public engagement – how does PE fit into my research?
Identifying areas for personal development of public engagement skills
Non-academic careers / alternative careers – 1pm – 3pm, 25th May 2016, Gordon Square, Room 124
All post-PhD career options should be considered as equally valid opportunities. The difficulty is that the main sources of career advice for PhD students are their supervisors and other students, and the majority of them have known no other working environment. At a recent conference hosted by the UK Council for Graduate Education, it was clear that while academia is still the preferred career destination for PhD students, 80% of them are aware that it may be hard to get a job as a post-doc or junior research associate and secure a lifelong academic career. This session will look at the competencies students have built up during the post-graduate journey and what options they have available to them and which alternative careers they can be applied to.