Employability

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 »

Employers come to town- are you missing a great opportunity?

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As some employers look to complete their annual intake whilst others may be hitting the market for the first time prompted recruitment_fairsby the influx of new graduates, many universities across the UK including Newcastle, host Graduate Fairs to bring together recruiters and potential applicants  Given how few organisations target postgraduates directly, it’s easy to assume these events have little to offer those with research experience.

However, in reality the majority of PhD graduates eventually find work outside academia making recruitment fairs potentially a great opportunity to explore some of the options, provided you keep an open mind and understand most graduate recruiters will be more interested in the relevance of your background than the level of your degree.

Whether you’re already searching for jobs or life outside academia still seems a distant prospect, read on and find out why an hour at Newcastle Graduate Recruitment Fair (NGRF) could be your most productive lunch break yet. Read on for more…. Read the rest of this entry »

Looking for careers outside academia?

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mentoringCareer Mentoring links postgraduate students to mentors working in industry to help with career planning outside academia. Mentoring gives you the opportunity to work directly with someone who can raise awareness about how your skills can be used in other settings.

Meet Maryam, a Computing Science research student

Maryam is in the final year of her PhD and got involved with Career Mentoring to help identify potential job opportunities outside academia. She told us about her experience on the programme:

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Find out more about careers in industry with Career Mentoring

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Career Mentoring offers career support through pairing students with mentors working in industry. Mentoring gives you the opportunity to hear first-hand about career options outside academia.

Meet Joy, one of our mentors Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

Science Communication: The Josh Award

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BIG logoWe meet a fair few researchers who are interested in using their scientific knowledge to inspire and inform other people about science. Often times, these researchers are looking to move away from life at the bench, and try something a bit different. When we saw an advert for the Josh Award, we knew that this could be a great boost to researchers looking to kick start a career in science communication. The deadline is 17th April; details below! Read the rest of this entry »

Got a PhD in science? Now what?

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Really interesting article from a former academic in Australia, on transitioning out of academia. Don’t be put off by the word ‘science’ – having transitioned out of my social science career, I think there’s lots  that researchers in other disciplines can take away from the article.

Got a PhD in science? Now what? › Analysis and Opinion (ABC Science).