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Postgrad Career Talks: Semester 2 2018/19

Whether you're looking for an introduction to postgrad careers, need a refresher, or want to go beyond the basics, this programme of 50 minute talks will get you started. Open to taught and research postgrads across the University. Slides will be uploaded to this page after the talks have been delivered.

Sign up in advance on Careerslink, (see Event ID for each event) or just turn up on the day.

Can't make it to the talks?

  • Slides from the talks will be posted here after each talk takes place

Postgrad Careers - The Essentials: Finding a job this academic year
14th February, 1:00-1:50
Location - Stopford Building, LT 4
Careerslink Event ID: 5226

Whether you’re in the middle of a one year Masters or are coming into the home strait of your PhD, if you’ve decided you’ll need a job sometime in the next 12 months, this will get you started. This 50 minute talk will cover the fundamentals of:

  • Smart targeting – homing in on your ideal job, plus what to apply for when you don’t know what you want to do
  • Smart tactics to uncover more jobs
  • Smart timing – knowing what happens when, so you don’t miss it

Slides: PG Essentials - Finding a job

Postgrad Careers - The Essentials: CVs and other types of written application
12th February, 1:00-1:50
Location – Stopford Building, LT 5
Careerslink Event ID: 5224

If you haven’t applied for professional jobs recently (or you have, but could do with an update), this 50 minute talk will cover the fundamentals of:

  • What should go into a CV
  • A quick formula for your covering letters
  • How to structure application form answers

Slides: PG Essentials - CVs and other types of written application

Postgrad Careers - The Essentials: Interviews and other types of assessment
20th February, 1:00-1:50
Location - Stopford Building, LT 5
Careerslink Event ID: 5225

Employers are always finding fiendish new ways of assessing whether you are the right person for their job, but interviews never go out of fashion. This 50 minute talk will cover the fundamentals of:

  • Tackling tricky interview questions
  • Preparation and performance to make the best impression
  • Other assessment techniques to be prepared for, including online and face-to-face tests

Postgrad Careers – Beyond the Basics: Written applications which stand out
22nd February, 11:00-11:50
Location – Stopford Building, LT 4
Careerslink Event ID: 5228

You know the basics of CVs and online profiles, you can read the handouts - how do you go from competent to outstanding? This 50 minute talk will focus on three tricky areas which can really make a difference:

  • Curate your life (Tailoring and presenting the most appropriate version of yourself to an employer)
  • From description to insight (Addressing the "so what?" factor, making sense of your life to an employer)
  • Make every word count (Using words with impact, professionalism without losing your personality)

Postgrad Careers – Beyond the Basics: Interviews – latest trends and tips
25th February, 1:00-1:50
Location - Stopford Building, LT 5
Careerslink Event ID: 5229

You know the basics of interviews, you can read the handouts - how do you go from competent to outstanding? And what are some of the new ways you might be assessed? This 50 minute talk will focus on three tricky areas which can really make a difference:

  • Find the feeling (Tackling strengths based interviews)
  • Thinking in bullets (How to tackle tricky questions and brain fade)
  • What's in shot? (Professionalise your video interviews)

Postgrad Careers – The Essentials: Becoming an academic
6th March, 1:00-1:50
Location - Stopford Building, LT 5
Careerslink Event ID: 5227

A postgraduate degree can be the first step on a long journey to becoming an academic. It’s one of the most competitive careers there is, but someone has to make it – could it be you? This 50 minute talk will cover the fundamentals of:

  • What do today’s academics really do?
  • Pathways to academic careers – variations by discipline, by academic role and by location
  • What are my chances – and how do I improve them?