Making an Impact. Workshops for Researchers

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Applying for a job in academia, exploring options for alternative career paths? Whatever your direction you are going to need to make an impact. But how……..Hire-Me1

Attend our up and coming workshops tailored to the needs of researchers. Read on, and reference your faculty training handbook, for more information.

Succeeding at interview 

How do you make the right impression, answer questions effectively and make the most of your experience to convince an interviewer you are the best candidate for the job? You can look excellent on paper but you also need to perform well in person.

In this session we will look at all aspects of the interview process including preparation, interview styles and formats and typical questions and how to answer them. You will get an opportunity to work in small groups, to examine and practice handling different types of questions, experience the role of interviewer and receive feedback on your interview answers.

This session is appropriate for students wanting to understand good interview practice, and how to market themselves effectively. This interactive session does not require you to have any prior knowledge of interview techniques.

  • 19th October 2015 from 10:00-12:00 HASS Doctoral Training Suite, Daysh 7th floor
  • 8th February 2016 from 10:00-12:00 Devonshire Building G21/22 (ground floor)
  • 12th April 2016 from 10:00-12:00 Ridley Building 2 1.45
  • 24th May 2016 from 10:00-12:00 King’s Gate 1.26

Convincing CVs and Covering Letters                                                                                  

What are employers looking for? How do you demonstrate that you meet these criteria and can successfully apply your skills in a new role in or beyond academia?

Whatever your career intentions, this session aims to improve your ability to market your research experience effectively on paper. The session will focus on how to convey the relevance and maximise the value of your experience to specific opportunities including information and advice on producing effective CVs and covering letters.

This is an interactive, taught session. Participants do not have to have any in-depth knowledge of, but will be expected to bring along a copy of their own CV. It does not have to be a perfect document, but can be a ‘work-in-progress’, as we will be discussing how to improve your CV during the session.

  • 3rd December 2015 from 10:00-12:00 Devonshire Building G21/22 (ground floor)
  • 20th January 2016 from 10:00-12:00 Medical School L2.6
  • 7th March 2016 from 10:00-12:00 King’s Gate 1.26
  • 10th May 2016 from 10:00-12:00 HASS Doctoral Training Suite, Daysh 7th floor


Please note that places on the workshop are only bookable in person at the Careers Service reception in King’s Gate, and NOT via the faculty booking system. Places are allocated on a first-come first-served basis, and must be booked in the Careers Service at least 2 weeks in advance of the session.

As a researcher it is all too easy to become immersed in your work and neglect crucial relationships with other people who could potentially help you in your research and other areas in your life. Forming and maintaining effective relationships with others will help you achieve personal and career satisfaction whatever your aspirations. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is a personality questionnaire that is designed to help the user gain a better understanding of themselves and others in order to work more productively, improve personal and professional relationships and facilitate career development. In this workshop, you will have the opportunity to explore the impact of personality preferences on personal effectiveness, communication, team working and career management. There will be an introduction to the theory of personality type, a description of MBTI dimensions and types, self-assessment exercises, feedback on your results from the MBTI questionnaire and a discussion of possible applications.

By the end of the workshop, you will have:

  • an understanding of preference and the theory of personality type
    • explored your own type
    • received your results for the MBTI questionnaire (Level 1) in a small group
    • started to reflect on the possible applications of knowing your type

This workshop is appropriate for students who are looking to develop their self-awareness. It is suitable for everyone, and will start with the basics of MBTI testing. It is a taught session, but will be interactive.

  • 7th December 2015 from 09:30-12:30 in King’s Gate 1.26
  • 8th March 2016 from 09:30-12:30 in King’s Gate 1.26
  • 13th June 2016 from 09:30-12:30 in King’s Gate 1.26

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