Ah, the magic of social media! I often see interesting looking jobs through places like LinkedIn and twitter, and here’s a good example. Read More…
Just a wee reminder that the Engineering Fair is taking place today, from 1-5pm at the Civic Centre. It’s a great way for PhDs and research staff to find out more about working in industry, and to ask recruiters about the type of work they have that would engage and interest PhD graduates.
I was at our IT Fair a couple of weeks ago, and made a point of asking recruiters about employing researchers. Although many of them didn’t specifically ask for a PhD, they were very open to applications from PhD graduates and career changers. It would be worth popping along today to see if the engineers feel the same!
If you are considering a career outside of academia, this event will provide you with the opportunity to inform your research into employers’ perceptions of applicants holding a Masters / PhD. The opportunity to gain ‘insider’ information, with an employee of an organisation you are interested in, will help you consider how best to target your application and promote your academic and transferable skills.
How many useful contacts could you come away with?
It is important that you are realistic about what can be achieved at the fair. There won’t be lots of jobs and promotional material aimed at postgraduates – you may find some mention of postgraduates but the bulk of the advertising will be aimed at a graduate (which, of course, includes you). However, if you ask, you may find that you are talking to a postgraduate or they can tell you about other postgrads / alumni working for that employer. You may also strike lucky and find yourself talking to someone who can tell you about ‘experienced hire’ roles, but again don’t expect that as the norm.
If you are looking for a niche job with a small employer or a job in the non-commercial sector (though some Government departments do sometimes attend), you too may be disappointed. Only large recruiters who want several graduates/postgraduates go to the expense of attending the fair, so check first who will be there. Either way, the opportunity to find out more about how employers view applications from postgraduates will be insightful to your career success.
To progress, impress. This means going prepared. Consider carefully what you want to know and the appropriate questions to ask. Look in advance at the employer’s website; follow this up with questions about possible career paths and progression opportunities including training & professional development.
Why not ask:
- What are the skills and attributes you value most in your employees?
- What type of educational background do you look for in your employees?
- How would someone like me contribute to the company?
- What are the biggest challenges for this position?
- What’s the company culture like?
- What do you enjoy most about working for the company?
- May I contact you with further questions?
Unable to make the event?….do you have questions you would like me to ask?
Alternatively, share your findings and comment in my next blog ‘Lessons from JobsFest’.
Just a reminder that our IT fair is on today between 12-3pm at the Great North Museum. It’s open to students of all disciplines, and will be hosting over 20 fantastic recruiters. Check out our exhibitor list, and our guide to successfully approaching employers at fairs.
Hope to see you there!
Career opportunities for researchers cover a wide range of sectors including HE; manufacturing; finance; business and IT, health and public administration. Recent trends demonstrate that over half of researchers on completion of their doctorate will go on to pursue a career outside academic research or teaching. So what does your future look like?
Pat Thomson is Professor of Education in the School of Education, The University of Nottingham. She is interested in researcher education and the writing that scholars want to, and must do. So when I came across her Patter on writing CV’s I was intrigued to read what more advice she had for the Research Community Read More…
“Raising Researchers’ Voices – opinions on jobs, careers and rights”
21 – 22 November 2013, Brussels (BE)
Participate in the ‘EURAXESS Elevator Pitch’ or the ‘EURAXESS ERA Slam’ and get a free trip to Brussels! Read More…
- Academic career
- Business Start-up
- Career management
- Career profiles
- Career research tools
- Careers for Researchers
- Job seeking
- Job Vacancies
- Research Staff
- Research Students
- Training and Development
- Work Experience
- Working conditions