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Postgraduate Careers Talks

Each autumn and spring we run a programme of careers talks specifically aimed at postgraduates

But what if you can't be there in person?

No problems - further down this page you'll find resources for either this year's talks (once they have taken place) or recordings of similar on-campus talks from last year.

NEW: Q&A

As a pilot, I will be running an informal Postgrad Careers Q&A session on Zoom THIS WEEK

  • Date & time: Wednesday 21st October, 12 noon - 1pm (BST)
  • Link: https://zoom.us/j/96662226522
    NB To access this Zoom meeting, you need to use your authenticated Zoom account associated with your University of Manchester email eg. firstname.lastname@postgrad.manchester.ac.uk

As a starting point, I will be addressing any unanswered questions from the Job Market for postgraduates talks last week, but come along armed with any extra questions, or just listen in to other people's questions if you prefer.


Schedule of online workshops for autumn 2020

All talks below will be delivered by GoToWebinar.

NB Some people have noted that the time on registration or on confirmation emails from GoToWebinar occasionally shows the wrong timezone. Please be assured I will be delivering the talks at the times shown below, UK time (and also remember that the clocks go back in the UK on 25th October, if you're accessing from overseas!)


Finished your taught postgraduate programme? Next steps for your career
Delivered 7th October, 4:00-5:00pm

Congratulations! You’ve just finished your taught postgraduate programme – but now you’re wondering about your next career step… This online workshop will cover:

  • The current job market
  • Recruitment this year - what’s changed, what’s continuing as normal
  • Resources to help your search for a job or PhD
  • Smart tactics to uncover more jobs or PhDs

Finished your PGT 2020 - what next? - slides (pdf)


The job market & how to navigate it for Doctoral Researchers
Delivered on 9th October, 10:00-11:00am

If you’re coming into the home strait of your PhD, and you’re ready to think about “what next?”, this guide to the job market, academic and non-academic, and how to navigate it will get you started. This online workshop, aimed at PhDs and other doctoral researchers will cover the fundamentals of:

  • The current job market
  • Recruitment this year - what’s changed, what’s continuing as normal
  • Resources to help your search for a job
  • Smart tactics to uncover more jobs for PhDs

The job market and how to navigate it for doctoral researchers - slides (pdf)


Finding a job in 2021 for taught postgraduates
Delivered on 15th October, 12:00-1:00pm (awaiting video upload)

If you’re due to finish your taught postgraduate programme in 2021 and will be looking for a job, find out whether you need to get started right now or can afford to wait – it all depends on the type of job you want and when recruiters will be looking for candidates. This online workshop will cover the The current job market and where it might be going next year

  • Recruitment this year – when to get started
  • Resources to help your search for a job or PhD
  • How the Careers Service can support your job search this semester – and beyond

Finding a job in 2021 for taught postgraduates - slides (pdf)


CVs and Applications for Postgrads - The Basics
26th October, 12:00-1:00pm
Online workshop - register here

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

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

CVs and Applications for Postgrads - Worked examples and Q&A
2nd November, 12:00-1:00pm
Online workshop - register here

You know the principles of CVs and applications, you can read the handouts - how do you go from competent to outstanding? This online workshop will focus on examples from 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)

Preparing for Interviews and Assessments for Postgrads
5th November, 1:00-2:00pm
Online workshop - register here

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 online workshop 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

Becoming an academic
16th November, 3:00-4:00pm
Online workshop - register here

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 online workshop 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?

Resources

These are a record of last year's programme of postgrad careers talks and workshops, including recordings, video podcasts (slides plus audio) or downloadable slides and resources.

Where this year's talks have not yet taken place, you'll find recordings of last year's on-campus talks - but expect a whole new set of updated resources to replace them this year.


Postgrad Careers - The Essentials: CVs and other types of written application

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 (pdf) - PG Essentials - CVs and other types of written application

Podcast (slides plus audio) (NB. Please do not "checkin" as shown on the slides - the link will refer to a different event now.)


Postgrad Careers – Beyond the Basics: Written applications which stand out

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)

Slides (pdf) - PG Beyond the Basics - Written applications which stand out

Podcast (slides plus audio) (NB. Please do not "checkin" as shown on the slides - the link will refer to a different event now.)


Postgrad Careers - The Essentials: Interviews and other types of assessment

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

Slides (pdf) - PG Essentials - Interviews & other types of assessment

Podcast (slides plus audio) (NB. Please do not "checkin" as shown on the slides - the link will refer to a different event now.)


Postgrad Careers – Beyond the Basics: Interviews – latest trends and tips

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)

Slides (pdf) - PG Beyond the Basics: Interviews – latest trends and tips

Want a list of skills needed by employers, for interview prep (see slide 12)?
Here are some examples - Skills evidence form (think about where you have evidence and where the gaps are).

Podcast (slides + audio) (NB. Please do not "checkin" as shown on the slides - the link will refer to a different event now.)


Postgrad Careers – The Essentials: Becoming an academic

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?

Slides (pdf, note: the talk included several video clips of academics talking about their careers, which are not included in these slides. To see these video clips, please view the podcast below.) - PG Essentials - Becoming an academic

Podcast (slides + audio) (NB. Please do not "checkin" as shown on the slides - the link will refer to a different event now.)