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Making the leap from academia to industry

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Thinking about how your PhD can be transferred to industry?  Check out this interesting blog post from IT firm Scott Logic.  It’s great to hear how the transferable skills, especially problem solving, gained from PhD research are valued; and that time spent in academia from an industry perspective is viewed so positively.

Interested in finding out more about how your research skills can be used in industry?  Have a look at the Career Mentoring programme for the opportunity to be paired with a mentor working in industry to discuss career options and find out more about career opportunities within an industry setting.

Guest post from our Mentoring Coordinator, Helen Hayes

 

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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 »

Commercialising Science workshop

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chemistProfessor Scott Shane of Case Western Reserve University returns with his intensive short course about identifying the commercial value in research.

Using Life Sciences case studies and role-play you will learn to:

  • Identify the commercial value in your research
  • Understand what business people really want from partnerships with academia
  • Understand the power of your intellectual property
  • Decide when to start a company and when to license your discoveries to others
  • Figure out your role in the commercialisation process

When: Tuesday 19th May 2015, 9.30am – 4.30pm
Where: Newcastle University Business School

Register your place on the workshop

Contact Alecia Dunn for further details.

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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Looking for postdoc jobs – are you giving yourself a fighting chance?

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If you’re looking for a postdoc, you’ll need no reminder of the challenges ahead. Limited funding and increasing numbers of applicants makes for fierce competition. Faced with such a gloomy outlook, it’s easy to feel despondent about your chances. Thankfully, statistics rarely convey individual experience. Talk to those who’ve already made it and you’ll quickly learn that much can be done to improve your odds. The Guardian recently did some networking of it’s own and gathered some great tips for those looking for post doc jobs. Post doc

Advice from others is often one of the most helpful approaches to finding work yet many graduates struggle to reach the right people. Working in university research, you’re probably already working alongside (or nearby) those who’ve fought their way to where you want to be. Most people are happy to talk about their experience. Take advantage of your position, talk to those ‘in the know’, follow their advice and give yourself the best possible chance of success and while you’re working through their advice, maybe reading about others‘ six months on from the job hunt will reassure you it can be done.

Being a postdoc at Newcastle: I wish I’d known about…

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Today saw the first Career Lunch Bites workshop for postdoc researchers, where the group explored issues around networking. Usually, this session focuses on how to persuade a professor to collaborate with you in the future. Interestingly, today’s group was particularly interested in how to get to know their postdoc colleagues here at the university. The $64,000 question is: how?! Read the rest of this entry »

Interested in science and engineering opportunities outside academia? Talk with employers today

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Many PhD graduates are frustrated at how few employers specify an interest in a higher research qualification. Outside of academia, the value of a PhD in the graduate job market is still hard to measure and varies widely between employers. Whilst there will be opportunities where it’s essential, there will be many more where it’ll be up to the individual to recognise and sell the relevance and value of what they have to offer.

Job Fair

Today you have the opportunity to meet with 80+ graduate recruiters and find out where your higher level skills might be used outside of academia. Few of the companies present will advertise specifically for a PhD qualification but many have recruited PhD graduates in the past. This is your chance to learn more about what they do, who they work with, typical projects and new developments in their sector and if they have previously recruited PhD graduates, in what areas.

It’s not too late to get along to JobFest at St.James’s Park. Check the online brochure for a detailed list of who’ll be there, grab a sandwich and get down to St.James’s Park now. Don’t miss this great opportunity to gain first hand knowledge and insights into the job market for PhD graduates outside of academia.