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Martin Coffey 1. Why should I engage? When I have a PhD I will automatically get a job My academic career will be assured I will be impervious to economic.

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1 Martin Coffey 1

2 Why should I engage? When I have a PhD I will automatically get a job My academic career will be assured I will be impervious to economic fluctuations I will have a job lined up My economic and personal circumstances mean that I will not need to get a job My skills in communication, resilience, relationship building, team- working, cognitive intelligence and emotional intelligence etc… will be clear to employers I will understand the employment market thoroughly 2

3 Worth bearing in mind In the UK, “at least half of PhD graduates move out of academia after they finish their PhD degrees.” Ref: Dr Janet Metcalfe & Dr Alexander Gray (2005). “To stand out, (you need to) demonstrate your communication skills, motivation and ability to multi- task.” Jason Beckwith (2009). 3

4 Proportion employed in research occupations - 35% overall This varies from 7% for theology to 71% for some biological subjects. Vitae ®, © 2009 The Careers Research and Advisory Centre (CRAC) Limited

5 Numbers employed in the education sector- 49% overall This varies from 28% for psychology doctoral graduates to 79% of those in modern languages. Vitae ®, © 2009 The Careers Research and Advisory Centre (CRAC) Limited

6 Employed as research staff in higher education- 23% This varies from 6% for theology to 43% for biology, biochemistry, molecular biology and biophysics. Vitae ®, © 2009 The Careers Research and Advisory Centre (CRAC) Limited

7 HE lecturering and teaching 14% varies from less than 1% in physics, chemistry, and microbiology to 56% in law. Vitae ®, © 2009 The Careers Research and Advisory Centre (CRAC) Limited

8 Occupations all disciplines Vitae ®, © 2009 The Careers Research and Advisory Centre (CRAC) Limited

9 What is Career Management? Lifelong, self-monitored process of career planning that involves choosing and setting personal goals, and formulating strategies for achieving them.processcareer planninggoalsstrategies Ref: Businessdictionary.com 9

10 Some Difficult Interview Questions Tell me about yourself. Why do you want to work for us? What can you do for us that someone else can’t? Why should we hire you? What do you look for in a job? How long would you stay with us? 10

11 Some Difficult Interview Questions What is your management style? Are you a good manager? (Examples) What are your long range goals? How successful have you been so far? 11

12 Transferrable Skills/Competences Communication Resilience Project Management Time Management Relationship Development Teamwork Thinking skills (Analytical, Critical etc...) 12

13 3 great platitudes If you don’t know where you are going you will end up somewhere else Where you are right now is a result of every decision you have ever made Experience is not what happens to you it is how you deal with what happens to you 13

14 Martin Coffey Career Management Skills Developer Student Development Zone University of Leicester


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