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Online Spring Workshops Series 2020

Careers Planning Online Workshops


Early Careers Planning workshop with optional individual careers coaching Zoom appointments

This Early Careers Planning online workshop is for researchers who are considering their options for future employment. This may be in an academic or non-academic role in Higher Education, or in another sector. It will be especially valuable for researchers at the start of their career journey, but is relevant to researchers at all stages of their planning.  

Workshop objectives

By the end of this workshop participants will be able to: Recognise the importance of self-awareness in early careers planning and understand which tools and resources they can use to inform their own career choices. The session will be led by Jeanette Lilley, Teaching and Learning Officer in the Academic Service. With a background in psychology, Jeanette has previously held postdoctoral appointments in University research and teaching roles. She has successfully supervised her own doctoral researchers through to completion and has facilitated professional skills development activities for early career researchers.  

Date and time: Wednesday 6th May 2020 11:00-12:00, via Zoom.

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Individual Online Careers Coaching Appointments

Following this Early Careers Planning online workshop, researchers will have the opportunity to book an individual 45-minute careers coaching online appointment with the workshop facilitator, for impartial and confidential guidance.  

Dates: Between Monday 18th May 2020 and Friday 29th May 2020 inclusive – by individual Zoom appointment.

Contact:  [email protected] to book an appointment.

 

What Next? - Careers Skills for Applying for a Postdoctoral Academic Position

Careers planning online workshop plus individual online careers coaching follow up appointments

This careers planning online workshop is aimed at researchers who have completed, or who are nearing completion of their doctorate. 
It complements the individual online careers coaching appointments available at EUI this summer*. 

The workshop will offer comprehensive guidance to help researchers to compete effectively, when seeking employment in higher education. It will help them to maximise their chances of obtaining the right position for them. Participants will learn about important transition skills such as cv development, writing a persuasive cover letter and effective job interview techniques.   

Date and time: Tuesday 26th May 2020, 14:00-15:00, via Zoom.

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Individual online careers coaching appointments

Following this workshop, researchers will have the opportunity to book an individual 45-minute careers coaching online appointment via Zoom, with the workshop facilitator, for impartial and confidential guidance.

Dates: From Monday 18th May 2020 till Friday 29th May 2020 inclusive – by individual Zoom appointment.

Contact:  [email protected] to book an appointment.

 

Career Life Stories Summer Seminars – Reflections on my Career Journey   

The online careers workshops will be accompanied by a series of 30-minute online seminars, led by a range of speakers, sharing their own postdoctoral career ‘life stories’. The speakers will reflect on the choices and decisions they have made along the way and will share some of the considerations which influenced them on their journeys. 

Dates and times

First Session: Tuesday 2nd June 2020 -  Speaker: Jeanette Lilley - Teaching and Learning Officer in the Academic Service at EUI.  

Jeanette has a PhD in Psychology and more than 30 years of experience of working in Higher Education in the UK.  She will kick off the series by talking about the influences on her own career decisions prior to joining EUI in 2019. Drawing on her background as a health psychology researcher and academic, she will share some of the lessons she has learned along her career path and reflect on the changing doctoral landscape. By exploring why the academic research environment is becoming increasingly competitive, she will offer some guidance for those seeking to enter the sector and establish an academic career. 

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Other workshops: Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education


This session challenges participants to reflect on their understanding of equality, diversity and inclusion. It will showcase examples of good practice in Higher Education Institutions and will be of special interest to researchers planning careers in either an academic or a senior professional services role.

Workshop objectives

By the end of this workshop participants will be able to define equality, diversity and inclusion and list examples of initiatives for promoting equality and diversity in Higher Education Institutions. The workshop will also raise awareness of the need for culturally sensitive teaching and learning materials in academic practice, with examples of how these needs might be addressed.

This thought-provoking session will be led by Jeanette Lilley, Teaching and Learning Officer in the Academic Service. With a background in health psychology research, Jeanette has experience of best practice in University admissions procedures and has conducted research into the needs of people living with long-term health conditions.

Dates and time: Tuesday 28th April and Thursday 4th June 2020, 14:00-15:00, via  Zoom - Jeanette Lilley - Teaching and Learning Officer in the Academic Service at EUI.

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Other workshops: Getting the Most out of Your Doctorate


After the initial excitement of starting the doctorate, researchers sometimes find themselves losing direction and momentum. This can occur as they deepen their understanding of their research and develop a clearer picture of the challenges. This phenomenon, which is widely recognised and described in the literature, is known as ‘doctoral liminality’ (Keefer, 2015). It can best be understood by imagining the uncomfortable sensation experienced by a tightrope walker at the moment when they lift their foot to take the next step, but before putting it safely down again. Some doctoral researchers experience unpleasant feelings of uncertainty, research misalignment and even ‘Imposter Syndrome’. This session invites researchers to maximise the opportunities in their doctorate, offers practical guidance for promoting progress and guides researchers towards realising their potential.   

It is aimed at early to mid-stage doctoral researchers but is suitable for all researchers. 

Date and time: Monday 15th June 2020, 14:00-15:00, via Zoom  - Jeanette Lilley - Teaching and Learning Officer in the Academic Service at EUI.

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