Career management

What does employability mean for researchers?

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Tjob_jigsaw_300he University has commissioned the Careers Service to write a strategy on student employability. The Careers Service believes that it is essential that the strategy represents the voice of our postgraduate research students (PGRs), and is looking to run a focus group with PGRs to explore:

  • What does employability mean to PGRs?
  • Does the current thinking about the strategy reflect PGR needs?

This is a great opportunity for PGRs to voice their views on their specific career development needs, and influence a university-level strategy in its development stage. Read the rest of this entry »


Transitioning out of academia

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Great post from The Thesis Whisperer blog on “Transitioning out of academia“. The post itself is written by guest blogger Shari Walsh:

Shari Walsh worked as an expert PhD career counsellor when I first met her, around 5 years ago. Now she runs her own business called ‘Growth Psychology’ and specialises in helping PhD students develop a successful post-PhD career both inside and outside of academia, amongst other things. In this post Shari shares her own transition story and offers you the benefit of her expert advice – for free 🙂

It’s well worth a look if you haven’t checked it out already.

STEM placements in India for UK PhD students

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British Council India and India’s Department of Science and Technology are inviting applications for funding to support short-term PhD placements for UK students in India for 3-6 month placements.

This PhD programme is being run under the Newton-Bhabha Fund, a part of the Newton Fund. Through the Newton Fund, the UK will use its strength in research and innovation to promote economic development and social welfare of partner countries


Applications are welcome from UK PhD students studying STEM subjects – particularly those interested in:

  • Sustainable Cities and Rapid Urbanisation
  • Public Health and Well being
  • Energy Water Food Nexus

Application process

The application form can be found here.

Deadline for applying 31 July 2015
Notification to successful applicants 15 October 2015
Grant received by 15 December 2015
Placement period 3 to 6 months between January and October 2016

More information on the programme, who is eligible, what the scheme covers and how to apply can be found here.

Explore careers outside academia with Career Mentoring

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mentoringCareer Mentoring offers Newcastle University postgraduate students career support through pairing you to a mentor working in the region. Mentoring gives you the opportunity to learn about career options outside academia and how your skills can be used in other settings.

What is Career Mentoring?

Mentoring is a partnership with the goal of achieving professional and personal development. A mentor is a trusted adviser and role model who can act as a sounding board for your career aspirations. Mentoring is also a great way to boost your awareness about opportunities available in industry and how your skills and experience could be used. Your mentor can share their personal journey to help you identify your career goal and make steps towards achieving it.

Students already taking part in the programme have spoken about career pathways and strategies with their mentor along with how to establish a work life balance in industry. Read the rest of this entry »

Doctorate Extension Scheme workshops for PhD students

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VC Prof Chris Brink with StudentsSome good news! We are introducing a new one hour visa workshop this year targeted at PhD students.

Understanding the Doctorate Extension Scheme – for PhD students on a Tier 4 visa who would like to stay in the UK after their course ends

If you are currently studying for a PhD on a Tier 4 visa, you can apply for the Doctorate Extension Scheme to stay in the UK for 12 months after your course has ended. You can use the 12 months to gain further experience in your chosen field, seek skilled work, or develop plans to set up your own business.

Come to this workshop to find out more about how this visa extension works and how you can apply for it before your PhD comes to an end. The Visa Team and the Careers Service will be working together to deliver the workshop and ensure you have all the information you need to make an effective application at the right time.

The workshop will run 4 times during this academic year. You don’t need to book in advance, just turn up!

Monday 2nd February – 3-4pm – King’s Gate Room1.26

Thursday 2nd April – 12-1pm – King’s Gate Room 1.26

Thursday 11th June – 1-2pm – King’s Gate Room 1.26

Tuesday 11th August – 12-1pm – King’s Gate Room 1.26

Details about the workshops can be found on the events pages of the Careers Service website.

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.



Your research career – where next?

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It seems that there’s something about spring that makes us all think about new beginnings, and that’s never more true than when it comes to career planning. There are a lot of opportunities to start revitalising your career out there at the moment. Read the rest of this entry »