Institute for Academic Development
Institute for Academic Development

Careers

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We maintain attendance registers; unexpected absences will be noted. If you consistently fail to attend, or repeatedly cancel with very short notice, you may be prevented from booking future IAD events.

CV Briefing Session: Academic CVs

Description

This workshop is for research staff will focus on writing academic CVs. It will address how to present your skills, experience and research effectively, and assist you to tailor your CV for different roles within academia.

This one and half hour briefing session is for research staff thinking of applying for a new job in academia, whether academic teaching or academic research.

The session will explore:

  • What makes for a good CV;
  • What counts in an academic CV;
  • How to present your skills and experience effectively;
  • Supporting or personal statements, or cover letters for academic applications.

The session will include a presentation and group discussion of some example CVs.

Please note that feedback on individual CVs is not possible at this session. This is best done by arranging an individual career development consultation.  Further information on these consultations can be found at:

http://www.ed.ac.uk/careers/university-staff/careers-service-support-for-staff

After attending this session you will be able to:

  1. Improve your confidence in writing and tailoring your CV;
  2. Increase your understanding of how to adapt your CV for different roles, including teaching focused or research focused roles;
  3. Understand what should be addressed in a cover letter or supporting statement.

This workshop relates to domains B1, B3 and D1 of the RDF. 

For further information on the RDF visit:  http://edin.ac/2cDDzAE

EligibilityAcademic Researchers
Date Thursday 15-Mar-2018, 09:30 - 11:00
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane Holyrood
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

CV Briefing Session: Non-Academic CVs

Description

This workshop for research staff will focus on creating a CV for non-academic jobs. It will address how to present your skills, experience and research effectively, and assist you to tailor your CV for different roles.

This one and half hour briefing session is for research staff thinking of seeking a change to a non-academic job (within or out of higher education) or making a career switch.

The session will explore:

  • What makes for a good CV;
  • How to adapt your CV for careers outside academic research;
  • How to present your skills and experience effectively.

The session will include a presentation and group discussion of some example CVs. 

Please note that feedback on individual CVs is not possible at this session. This is best done by arranging an individual career development consultation.  Further information on these consultations can be found at:

http://www.ed.ac.uk/careers/university-staff/careers-service-support-for-staff

After attending this session you will be able to:

  1. Improve your confidence in writing and tailoring your CV;
  2. Increase your understanding of how to adapt your CV for different roles, specifically roles outside of academic research.

This workshop relates to domains B1, B3 and D1 of the RDF. 

For further information on the RDF visit:  http://edin.ac/2cDDzAE

EligibilityAcademic Researchers
Date Thursday 02-Nov-2017, 09:30 - 11:00
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane Holyrood
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

Changing Careers: Exploring Career Options

Description

This workshop focuses on strategies for generating and researching alternative career options. It is aimed at researchers who are considering a change of career direction but who have no clear ideas of what to do next.

This workshop will help you to explore a range of careers open to researchers.  It will focus initially on careers linked to research, but outside an academic environment, and other common career areas researchers enter.  We will discuss different strategies for coming up with career ideas and the best ways to research careers to determine interest and suitability.

You should attend this workshop if:

  • You are considering making a move away from academic research but have no clear ideas of what to do next;
  • You have thought about what interests you in a future career;
  • You are open to exploring a range of career ideas.

After attending this workshop you will be able to:

  1. Understand some of the more common career areas researchers enter outside academic research;
  2. Explore different techniques for generating career ideas;
  3. Identify good sources of information for generating and researching career options

This workshop relates to domains B2 and B3 of the RDF. 

For further information on the RDF visit:  http://edin.ac/2cDDzAE

EligibilityAcademic Researchers
Date Tuesday 24-Oct-2017, 09:30 - 11:00
Venue CCC Boardroom, 3rd Floor, St John's Land Moray House
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

Changing Careers: Strategies for Researchers

Description

This workshop is designed for research staff considering career options outside of academic research and teaching. It will focus on ways to explore alternative career paths, clarifying what is important to you, developing a greater awareness of your transferable skills and their relevance to non-academic employers, and the resources available to support you.

This one day workshop will be of value to you if you are considering your career options, especially if you are thinking of moving away from academic research and teaching. Please note that if your main focus is on developing an academic career and you are not interested in considering any other career options at present, then this course may not be for you at this stage.

The session will use a range of learning activities, including short presentations, group discussions, individual reflective tasks and a CV case study exercise.

You should attend this workshop if:

  • You are considering moving away from academia but have no clear career ideas;
  • You want to be more aware of your transferable skills and reflect on what is important to you;
  • You wish to learn of ways to explore career options outside academia;
  • You want to understand how to market your research experience to a non-academic employer at application stage.

After attending this workshop you will be able to:

  1. Increase your awareness of your own personal career priorities from structured self-reflection and peer discussion;
  2. Develop an understanding of strategies to help you to generate and research alterative career ideas;
  3. Improve your confidence in presenting your experience effectively when applying for alternative career options.

 This workshop relates to domains B2 and B3 of the RDF.

 For further information on the RDF visit:  http://edin.ac/2cDDzAE

EligibilityAcademic Researchers
Date Wednesday 08-Nov-2017, 09:30 - 16:00
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane Holyrood
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

Changing Careers: Where Do I Start?

Description

This workshop will focus on the early stages of career choice and will help you to start to identify what is important to you in a career; including the skills you want to use, values to be satisfied, preferred work environment and other factors important to you.

You may be considering moving out of academia into another career area but how do you decide what else you would like to do? 

In this workshop we will look at the early stages of career choice and you will begin to identify what’s important to you in a career through structured self-reflection.  You will start to develop a ‘wish list’ of what you’re looking for in your career in terms of skills you want to use, values to be satisfied, preferred work environment, and any other factors important to you.  This will help you in the future as you start to assess your interest in and suitability for different career areas.

This workshop will help you to:

  • Identify the skills you have developed in your research career which you would like to use in the future;
  • Think about your key drivers and motivations for the future;
  • Consider what constitutes your preferred work environment;
  • Identify barriers to change and explore strategies for tackling these.

The workshop will be followed by an optional linked workshop, ‘Changing Careers: Exploring Career Options’, which will focus on strategies to help you to generate and research alternative career options.

After attending this workshop you will be able to:

  1. Develop an awareness of what is important to you when considering your future career development;
  2. Develop an improved insight into your key drivers and motivations for the future;
  3. Work on initial development of a personal framework for assessing your suitability for alternative career options.

This workshop relates to domains B1, B2 and B3 of the RDF. 

For further information on the RDF visit:  http://edin.ac/2cDDzAE

EligibilityAcademic Researchers
Date Tuesday 06-Feb-2018, 09:30 - 12:00
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane Holyrood
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

Getting the First Lecturing Job

Description

This short workshop will outline the experience and skills expected of new lecturers.  It will encourage reflection and discussion on how to continue to build your profile and develop relevant experience to improve your competitiveness for an academic career.

You should attend this workshop if:

If you are wondering how to make the transition from early career researcher to first lecturing job then this interactive session will be of interest.  Drawing on the results of a national survey of academic staff in universities across the UK, the session will outline the experience and skills looked for in new lecturers.  We will discuss what experience you need to develop (and share tips about how you can be gaining this experience) and what to emphasise at application and interview stages.

 After attending this workshop you will be able to:

  1. Understand the experience, skills and qualifications that make a good candidate for a lecturer role;
  2. Assess your own experience and identify gaps in light of what is required for lectureship positions;
  3. Share and gain ideas of how you can build additional relevant experience.

This workshop relates to domains B1, B3 and D3 of the RDF.

For further information on the RDF visit:  http://edin.ac/2cDDzAE

EligibilityAcademic Researchers
Date Thursday 07-Dec-2017, 09:30 - 11:30
Venue Holyrood
Bookings This event is full. If you are eligible, you can Book a place on a waiting list for this course .

Introduction to MBTI: Understanding Your Work and Communication Style

Description

This workshop is an introduction to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, a widely used self- report personality questionnaire. This will provide an understanding of your preferred ways of interacting with others, taking in information, making decisions and working.

This half day workshop is useful for anyone who wishes to understand more about their own preferred ways of interacting with others, taking in information, making decisions and working. This information is useful in helping you understand yourself, and is also helpful when working in teams or managing people.

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is a widely-used, self-report personality questionnaire, designed to assist in understanding personal style and preferences. It has been used in a variety of areas, including personal development, career planning and team building in industry, for many years.

This session will help you to:

  • Understand the basic MBTI framework and the concept of type;
  • Recognise how this framework applies to you by understanding your unique preferences / profile;
  • Have an increased understanding of individual differences, and of how people of other types may see the world and behave;
  • Be able to view your preferences as positive assets, and be aware of aspects of self which may be less developed;
  • Be aware of the idea of self-development and have increased self-understanding, which can be used to inform career planning and development.

You'll complete the MBTI questionnaire and you will engage in exercises and discussion to self-assess your MBTI type.

After attending this session you will be able to:

  1. Increase self-awareness and understanding of how you prefer to interact and communicate;
  2. Enhance your understanding of individual differences which can help you to improve your communication with colleagues;
  3. Improve your awareness of how you can work more effectively with others. 

This workshop relates to domains B1 and D1 of the RDF. 

For further information on the RDF visit:  http://edin.ac/2cDDzAE

EligibilityAcademic Researchers
Date Thursday 22-Mar-2018, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue CCC Boardroom, 3rd Floor, St John's Land Moray House
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

Making the Most of Your Postdoc (Strategies for Independence)

Description

This workshop will give you an opportunity to stop and reflect on your research career ambitions: what do you want and are you doing the right things during your postdoc to get what you want and make progress?  Aimed at postdocs who wish to develop their research careers either towards an independent fellowship or a permanent academic post, we will look at a variety of planning tools and strategies that will help you to make proactive steps towards independence.

Making the most of your time as a postdoctoral researcher requires self-leadership if you want to gain the experience and skills required to become an independent researcher.  It can also be a time of overwhelming options and demands on your time.

One of the most important aspects of leadership is having clarity on what you will achieve, and a strategy for how to get there.  From there, you can choose the best opportunities for your specific career ambitions.

In this reflective and interactive workshop, we will think about:

  • What a successful postdoc looks like.
  • What is expected of you?
  • What are you expecting of yourself?
  • What could you be doing with your time to be more strategic towards meeting your future career in research?

We will look at some tools and strategies that you might use in terms of achieving independence in research; including developing your reputation and visibility, collaborations, funding strategy and awareness of how the research ‘landscape’ might affect your chances of success.

After attending this workshop you will be able to:

  1. Articulate what a successful research career would look like for you.
  2. Benchmark yourself in terms of current progress.
  3. Plan a variety of activities and strategies to make progress towards your goals.

This workshop relates to domains B1, B2, B3 of the RDF.

For further information on the RDF visit:  http://edin.ac/2cDDzAE

EligibilityAll Academic Staff Technical and Scientific Services
Date Monday 20-Nov-2017, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue Holyrood
Bookings This event is full. If you are eligible, you can Book a place on a waiting list for this course .

Making the Most of Your Postdoc (Strategies for Independence) - Easter Bush

Description

This workshop will give you an opportunity to stop and reflect on your research career ambitions: what do you want and are you doing the right things during your postdoc to get what you want and make progress?  Aimed at postdocs who wish to develop their research careers either towards an independent fellowship or a permanent academic post, we will look at a variety of planning tools and strategies that will help you to make proactive steps towards independence.

Making the most of your time as a postdoctoral researcher requires self-leadership if you want to gain the experience and skills required to become an independent researcher.  It can also be a time of overwhelming options and demands on your time.

One of the most important aspects of leadership is having clarity on what you will achieve, and a strategy for how to get there.  From there, you can choose the best opportunities for your specific career ambitions.

In this reflective and interactive workshop, we will think about:

  • What a successful postdoc looks like.
  • What is expected of you?
  • What are you expecting of yourself?
  • What could you be doing with your time to be more strategic towards meeting your future career in research?

We will look at some tools and strategies that you might use in terms of achieving independence in research; including developing your reputation and visibility, collaborations, funding strategy and awareness of how the research ‘landscape’ might affect your chances of success.

After attending this workshop you will be able to:

  1. Articulate what a successful research career would look like for you.
  2. Benchmark yourself in terms of current progress.
  3. Plan a variety of activities and strategies to make progress towards your goals.

This workshop relates to domains B1, B2, B3 of the RDF.

For further information on the RDF visit:  http://edin.ac/2cDDzAE

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