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1 Before we start... Introduce yourself to someone you haven’t met
Ask them Where are they from? How did they get here today? What discipline are they studying in? What are they hoping to achieve today? Did you find anything in common?

2 Welcome to the Postgraduate Career Development day!
Dr Shari Walsh – Postgraduate Careers Counsellor Ph

3 What are your expectations of the day?

4 Welcome & Overview Stretch So what is today about? Non-career specific
Expectations of day Interactive – participate at own level Understand yourself Develop an action plan for the year By the end of today – identify 3 people you will keep in touch with & get their contact details

5 Career future?

6 What’s on today 9.00 – 9.15 Registration 9.15 – 9.45
Welcome & Introductory Activities 9.30 – 10.30 Career planning considerations 10.30 – 11.00 Morning tea 11.00 – 12.00 Problem solving activity 12.00 – 12.45 QUT activities – RSC, ISS, Careers & Employment 12.45 – 1.30 Lunch Values game 1.45 – 2.45 Marketing your Phd 2.45 – 3.30 Putting it all together 3.30 – 3.45 Afternoon tea break 3.45 – 4.00 My career development plan 3.45 – 4.15 Discussion/review of day 4.15 – 4.30 Close

7 Career Planning Model

8 My Postgraduate Life Complete questions in book
Discuss in small groups

9 Career Planning Considerations
Dr Ruth Bridgstock Reflection in book

10 Kelvin Grove Redistribution exercise
8 groups 4 groups on each side of room ½ an hour to complete exercise

11 Kelvin Grove redistribution exercise - reflection
What skills were used in the activity? What did I do well? What would I change about how I performed the activity? How would I do it differently?

12 Development Opportunities at QUT

13 Information session re activites
RSC training – Dr Eliza Matthews ISS - Maria McCarthy & Peter Nelson Postgraduate careers – Shari Walsh SAP 19 March 2010 SCAD 9 & 23 July 2010 Mentor Scheme – Jacqui Owen


15 QUT Careers and Employment

16 Postgraduate Careers Services
Dr Shari Walsh – GP (Mon & Tues) & KG (Wed & Thurs) Dr Susan Ryan – KG (Fridays) Dr Alan McAlpine – GP (Mon – Fri) Career counselling – 1 hour booked appointments GP & KG Workshops throughout the year Effective Applications Working productively – understanding your work style – April 6 Networking Know-How - July Life Beyond the PhD – academia vs industry Discipline specific upon request Resume checking (5 day turnaround) Newsletter Discussion group??? – Shari if interested

17 Next workshop Understanding my work style – applying Myers-Briggs to enhance performance Tuesday April – 4.30 pm Kelvin Grove Register via CareerHub July 26 – Postgraduate Career Development day KG

18 Sessional Academic Program Tutors & part-time lecturers
Meet other staff members from your Faculty? Engage with teaching and learning issues specific to your Faculty? Explore different strategies to help further enhance your teaching and learning skills and scholarship? When & Where:  8:50am – 3:40pm (registration from 8:15am) Saturday, 19 March 2011, Z Block, GP Standard catering will be provided. Payment for attendance. Register via StaffConnect before COB Monday 14 March Enquiries to or phone

19 Sessional Career Advancement Development (SCAD) Program
Semester 1, 2011

20 SCAD 2011 Program SCAD is an invitational program for higher degree research (HDR) students who are also undertaking sessional teaching at QUT and have aspirations of becoming an academic. The program aims to assist participants with preparing for their future career in academia by identifying potential skill or experience gaps and developing goals and plans to address these. Program outcomes for participants will include: Understanding of the Australian Higher Education Sector and the role of an academic; Development of the framework for an academic portfolio encompassing teaching and learning, research and service; Development of a career action plan focused on obtaining an academic position; and Establishment of a mentoring relationship with a QUT academic.

21 SCAD 2011 Program Two full day workshops supplemented by mentoring and eLearning activities Workshop 1: Saturday 9th July, KG Campus Workshop 2: Saturday 23rd July, KG Campus Participants will be paid at the standard sessional rate for their attendance at workshops Each Faculty may select up to 5 participants, information on how to submit your nomination will be circulated soon... For further information: demic/scad.jsp

22 Go confidently into the real world…
direction insight advice Go confidently into the real world… Career Mentor Scheme

23 What is the QUT Career Mentor Scheme?
Students are matched with an experienced professional who has “been there, done that”. Assists you with your transition to the workforce. Real world information and knowledge. Advice and feedback. Networking opportunities. A supportive relationship to support your career. Potential access to real workplaces.

24 How do I register? Via QUT CareerHub
Further information and registration links are available from the Careers & Employment website

25 Values

26 Values What are values and why are they important?
Are there work and personal values? How do your values impact on your interactions with others and your work style? What is it like when you work with or interact with people who have different values to your own?

27 Guess the university ??? is a highly successful Australian university with an applied emphasis in courses and research. ??? is one of Australia’s premier learning and research institutions. Since opening its doors in XXX, ??? has come to be regarded as one of Australia's most innovative tertiary institutions and one of the most influential universities in the Asia-Pacific region. ??? is the ???, a public university funded by the Australian Government and open to students and staff of all beliefs. QUT UQ Griffith ACU

28 Marketing your PhD

29 Marketing your PhD – AKA just what do I have to offer an employer?
What are the skills you are developing during the process of completing your PhD? How do these transfer to employability?

30 Postgraduate Research Capabilities
High Level Communication Advanced Teamwork Knowledge and Research Problem Solving Research Career Learning Technical Research Skills Self and Project Management Research Conduct Leadership Creativity Enterprise Identify your skills and learn how to link these to jobs/careers?

31 What are the most effective tips on how to market yourself?
What do you think are the most important things when marketing yourself for employment?

32 10 Tips to effectively market yourself
1. Self Reflect 2. Have a vision 3. Define your brand 4. Have an elevator story 5. Be willing to work outside your comfort zone 6. Do not wait to be noticed 7. Cultivate people skills 8. Volunteer 9. Dress for success 10. Be a strategic thinker (Karalis, 2007)

33 1. Self reflect Spend some time figuring out your career trajectory
Assemble a knowledge and skills inventory What are your unique strengths? what you do better than others in your field What skills are you developing during you PhD? What organisations could use your knowledge?

34 2. Have a vision Have a broadly defined goal
Plan the steps that you will have to take to get there Be as specific as possible Think about where you want to be in 3yrs? 5yrs? and 10yrs?

35 3. Define your brand What makes you unique? What are you best known
for? Be able to state these qualities fluently and with confidence

36 People buy benefits, not features.
Feature vs Benefit What is a feature? -A distinctive element: an attribute, characteristic, mark, peculiarity, property, quality or trait. What is a Benefit? - Something that promotes or enhances well-being; an advantage. - Something that contributes to an organization, such as enhanced profitability, better efficiency, or reduced risk. Something that reduces hassles or inconvenience Take home message: People buy benefits, not features.

37 Feature vs Benefit (cont.)
SMARTIES Ask what the features and benefits of smarties are

38 Activity: Features Benefits How this works:
Knowledge Skills Abilities Other Benefits How do the features translate into a benefit for an employer? How this works: Describe your key features and then the benefit (i.e., what this means for an employer or collaborator)

39 4. Have an elevator story A concise summary of yourself or your research Key message should be delivered in seconds (or the time taken to ride an elevator) Pitching the research Pitching Yourself Describe who you are Why you will be a benefit Describe what it is Highlight features that specialise it

40 5. Be willing to work outside your comfort zone
Overcome fear to forge into a new and unfamiliar area: Do not let the job requirements stop you from applying Always accept additional responsibilities that can build and diversify your curriculum vitae

41 6. Do not wait to be noticed
Modesty does not create opportunity The one who gets noticed is the one who makes sure that his or her boss knows how good his or her work is If there is a vacancy or assignment you want, ask for it When you are ready to make a career move, talk about it out loud. Let people know you are ready for the next challenge. The more people you talk to about it, the more likely you are to hear about opportunities as they arise

42 Ways to get noticed Distinguish yourself Be likable Define your brand
Speaking at conferences Actively participate in professional organizations.  Be likable Demonstrate your self-awareness, self-control, trustworthiness, motivation, empathy and social skills Define your brand Define your personal story, guiding principles, and elevator pitch Consider your biggest successes Consider your most instructive failures (Goodman, 2010) Ask how could these things be achieved before giving answers

43 7. Cultivate people skills
Good communication skills are vital in advancing yourself; they are more important than the degrees behind your name Good people skills can enable you to advance at a much faster pace than others with more experience

44 What are good people skills?
Smiling Eye contact Listen to understand/listen intently Using first names Being open and confident Being positive Keeping messages to the point Consider - What impact does culture have in communication? Talk about things like eye contact and how in Australia it shows confidence however in other cultures this may not be the case.

45 8. Volunteer To experience a specific work place
Why volunteer? To experience a specific work place To get a taste of the real world of work in your field - leading to sounder career choices To work on problem solving, initiative and team work skills, which you can then write about in selection criteria and talk about in interviews To enable employers to observe potential employees in their work place Gain referees and references for your resume and for general recruitment purposes

46 9. Dress for success First impressions are crucial
How you dress sets the tone for interactions

47 10. Be a strategic thinker This means having the end in mind
If you don’t get a job get some feedback and work out what you can do differently for next time “I found the job that I wanted and then applied three times (over approximately10 years) before I got it. Each time I tried to figure out why I wasn’t chosen and make it a point to get expertise in that area.” Complete a personal development plan (handout) Was this session useful? What did you get out of it?

48 Putting it all together

49 Forming connections Linking with employers Cover Letter & Resume Answering Selection Criteria Interview

50 Why form connections? The Hidden Job Market
Where can I find unadvertised jobs? Who can I contact? How do I prepare? What questions do I need to ask?

51 Who do I network with? Friends& Family Fellow Students Staff Members
Employers Alumni Professional Associations Conference delegates HR Professionals Librarians Career Practitioners Former employers Remember….The first, or second, person may not be the person you need to talk with!

52 How do I form connections (AKA networking)?
Work within your comfort zone Ask opening questions – what, where, when, how ...avoid why Be confident about YOUR SKILLS! Understand your keywords Importance of business cards Practice, practice, practice

53 Information Interviewing
You are not looking for a job You are finding out information about the job and/or company It will help you to develop a well focused Resume It will enable you to speak knowledgably about the career you wish to enter Prepare some questions that you might ask a contact

54 Cover Letters & Resumes

55 Cover Letters Complements your resume
Explains WHY you want to work for that organisation And WHY you want the job Lets your passion & commitment come through

56 Customise the Cover! Contents of the Cover..
Create a new cover letter for each position Align your cover letter with the organisation Contents of the Cover.. Opening paragraph - Introduction Paragraph 2 Why are you applying? Paragraph 3 Why you? Paragraph 4 Highlight your skills Closing paragraph See you soon!

57 Resumes! Your skills, knowledge, education and experiences – in only 3 pages! Evolving document and therefore needs to be updated Analyse the advertisement and identify key skills and attributes Research the organisation via website and media releases – will you fit in? Tailor your resume for the employer, highlighting your skills and abilities

58 What should your resume include?
Personal details Career objective/skills statement/personal profile etc Education Work experience Achievements General skills Interests/Hobbies Publications Referees PLUS ANY OTHER SECTIONS RELEVANT TO YOUR BACKGROUND

59 Consider Photo? Hobbies/Interests?

60 Key points Bold important information throughout
Personal details – clear and simple Skills/professional summary – 1 paragraph - benefits to employer Education –thesis title, supervisors, synopsis or skills Work Experience –career related / other, Academic / industry Publications – sections – conferences, journals, ERA, IF Referees

61 Do’s and Don’ts Spell check and proof read Well presented easy to read
Active rather than passive voice Matches your skills to their requirements Lets your benefits show though Presents a positive focussed image Don’t get it done by a professional- should be in your own words Don’t raise straw men Don’t be dishonest!

62 Selection Criteria

63 Understand the criteria
Responsibilities vs Selection Criteria Mandatory vs Desirable Read each criterion carefully & answer specifically Good project management skills with the ability to participate in the management of projects, which have a commercial focus (QIMR – Business Development Associate) Evidence of developing skills in communicating with diverse audiences. (CSIRO, Postdoctoral fellow) Ability to operate effectively in the field, including carrying out research at sea. (Australian Institute of Marine Science – Research Scientist)

64 Typical Lay Out & Length
Address each one under a separate heading – Don’t summarise criteria; write in full Content for each SC (except Qualifications) 3/4 a page to a page for EACH criteria Approx 300 Words for EACH criteria 1 per page Use a combination of narrative & bullet points where possible

65 Let’s compare… I have good communication skills
My communication skills are demonstrated by the number of people I have spoken to during my PhD During my PhD I have communicated with a range of people. I outlined my research to participants. I have presented my results on numerous occasions to my peers and to my supervisor and other academic staff. On each occasion feedback has been positive.

66 The Magic Formulas S T A R L or C ituation ask ction esult earning

67 Example Context Action Result
A group of around 20 Postgraduate Students who wanted a workshop on Job Seeking Skills Action Spoke with staff, researched employers needs and sourced relevant information Result All students attended and verbal feedback indicated that content and style of workshop was both highly relevant and useful to them

68 Interviews

69 What are your concerns?

70 Overcoming concerns Understand the purpose of an interview
Organisation’s reason Your reason Research yourself, the role, the company Prepare your responses Describe a time when....(behavioural) Can you tell me a bit about yourself? (personal) Develop your keywords/theme Anxiety reduction

71 Salary Questions

72 Planning my next steps....

73 Steps to achieving a vision
Have an overall picture of where you want to go Break it down into manageable steps Start along the way Record your progress and reward each achievement

74 Career development activities at QUT
Tutoring Research assistant Laboratory assistant/tutor Grant collaboration Publications Networking, networking, networking

75 External activities Join a professional association
Become an expert advisor Join the Board of a community organisation Write articles for blogs, newsletters etc ?????

76 Action planning - SMART
S = SPECIFIC Who is involved? What do you want to accomplish? Where? - Identify a location. When? – Establish a time frame. Why? – Specific reason, purpose, or benefits of achieving a goal. M = MEASUREABLE Helps you stay on track, reach your target dates, and experience achievement. A = ATTAINABLE Break it down into steps - each step should move you closer to that goal. R = REALISTIC Personal and situational factors which may influence your ability to reach your goal. T = TIMEBOUND Define start points and end points to your goal and maintain commitment to these deadlines.

77 Writing an Effective Goal Statement
Rules for writing goal statements: Use clear, specific language. Start your goal statement with TO + a VERB Write your goal statement using SMART Goal Criteria Avoid using negative language. Think positive!

78 Next workshops April 6 – Understanding my work style – applying Myers-Briggs to enhance performance July 26 – Postgraduate Career Development day

79 Review of workshop/reflection
Sentence starters I have learned…. I discovered that… I will …. It surprised me that…. I was pleased that…

80 Contact Careers and Employment
U BLOCK, GP X BLOCK, GP C BLOCK, KG LOCATION Gardens Point Campus: Level 2, U Block (Above the Art Museum) Level 2, X Block Reception: Room X226 Kelvin Grove Campus: Level 4, C Block (Above the Refectory) Caboolture Campus: Student Centre - J Block PHONE Gardens Point: Kelvin Grove: Caboolture WEBSITE

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