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planner boardGuest post from Dawn Weatherston, one of the Careers’s Service’s Entrepreneurial Development Officers.

It is widely predicted that by 2020 up to 50% of us are likely to be working on a freelance basis. It seems that the separate identities of employee, intrapreneur, entrepreneur and freelancer are becoming increasingly blurred and we will tend to move between all of these roles in the course of our careers. Read the rest of this entry »

Do you have an idea to inspire humanity?

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fallingwallsWe’ve been contacted by A.T.Kearney regarding their ‘Falling Walls‘ competition. Aimed at academics, postgraduates and entrepreneurs, the competition asks you to pitch your innovative research idea, with the opportunity to go on to their final event in Berlin. The event takes place on 17th October at Tate Modern, and deadlines for submissions are Friday 3rd October (the deadline on their website has been extended by a week). Details below!

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Interested in influencing UK scientific policy? Early deadlines for the new Science and Engineering Fast Stream scheme

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If you were at the presentation last week by the Government Chief Scientific Adviser, Professor Sir Mark Walport, you’ll already have heard about the new Science and Engineering Fast Stream and the role of scientists in government. It was clear from the numbers (10,000+ scientists employed) and range of opportunities available that the skills and knowledge of higher level graduates in these fields are highly valued across all government departments. Read the rest of this entry »

should doctoral researchers blog?

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I often get asked about the pros and cons of doctoral researchers blogging, and I know other colleagues do too. There isn’t a right or wrong answer to the question of course, it’s always an “It depends”. But here’s a few beginning thoughts.

For a start, whether to blog or not depends what you are hoping to achieve. Maybe you are thinking about an individual blog, something you create yourself on one of the standard platforms like blogger, wordpress or medium… and if you are, here’s some possible reasons and some things to consider….

(1) Your personal blog is a place to reflect and record what is happening in your research.
A blog can do this. It can be like a journal. You might blog about the things you are reading and thinking about. Formulating ideas into a thousand words or so and linking to relevant texts and other online…

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EMBL-European Bioinformatics Institute careers day

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The EMBL-EBI is hosting a career day for researchers, aimed at both PhDs and postdocs. The event is being held on 16th October at the Wellcome Trusty Genome Campus in Cambridge, and registration is free.

More details on the event and how to register can be found on our external events pages.

Approaching the end of your research and interested in establishing a new business in the UK? Concerned about visa and cultural obstacles?

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If you’re a non-EEA student or graduate about to complete your studies and interested in an entrepreneurial future, then understanding the business culture of your host country and overcoming visa restrictions are likely to be early obstacles to success. Business etiquette in one culture may be seen as unethical and unworkable in another. A recent article on business meetings in the UK is worth reading if you want to know more about the idiosyncrasies of our business culture. It reminded me how easy it is to assume that we all work in the same way. Many international entrepreneurs are currently working to develop a set of “hypernorms” or business etiquette that every culture can live, work and grow by. Perhaps, you’ve already got ideas of what you’d like to see included?

Newcastle University recognises the uniC&Vque challenges faced by its international students and graduates when building a successful business in the UK. In line with the firm commitment of the University to entrepreneurial development, a new programme of support has been developed for students about to complete their studies or research. Rise Up INTENT (International Entrepreneurs) is a pioneering programme of interactive workshops on how to start, sustain and grow a successful business in the UK including insights into ‘business basics’ of market research, financial literacy, marketing and business etiquette. Whether it’s as simple as appropriate body language or how to conduct successful negotiations, understanding the business culture of your host country and that of your customers is vital for success. Yet it can be easy to overlook and so miss the opportunity to develop a competitive advantage. The programme is a unique opportunity for future business owners to consider both the cultural and commercial implications of starting a business in the North East of England.

One of the main aims of Rise Up INTENT is to offer entrepreneurial international students and graduates the opportunity to develop a credible business plan which they can then choose to take forward to the Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Visa endorsement panel in November 2014. The University is an endorsing institution for the Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Visa which allows non-EEA graduates to start and run a business for 12 months under the supervision of the University.

Interested to know more? Read the workshop programme for further details. Check the endorsement criteria to ensure you meet the eligibility, then apply online by 5pm on Monday 29th September. The application process is open now.

Please note that the course will also run in June 2015 for those whose current visas expire in or around October 2015.



Guest lecture with Chief Government Scientist Professor Sir Mark Walport

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We often meet scientific/STEM researchers who are interesting in working in careers outside the lab (in fact, it happens so often, we’re starting to wonder exactly what you all get up to in your labs that makes you want to change!). One common career of interest is working in scientific policy, but from the outside this can seem like a really difficult area to get into, and it’s quite hard to make contacts.

We’re very lucky to be hosting a rare event with Chief Government Scientist, Professor Sir Mark Walport, who is giving a guest lecture aimed specifically at PhDs and postdocs. Read the rest of this entry »