Presentation on theme: "Before we start... Introduce yourself to someone you haven’t met"— Presentation transcript:
1 Before we start... Introduce yourself to someone you haven’t met Ask themWhere 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 CounsellorPh
4 Welcome & Overview Stretch So what is today about? Non-career specific Expectations of dayInteractive – participate at own levelUnderstand yourselfDevelop an action plan for the yearBy the end of today – identify 3 people you will keep in touch with & get their contact details
13 Information session re activites RSC training – Dr Eliza MatthewsISS - Maria McCarthy & Peter NelsonPostgraduate careers – Shari WalshSAP 19 March 2010SCAD 9 & 23 July 2010Mentor Scheme – Jacqui Owen
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 & KGWorkshops throughout the yearEffective ApplicationsWorking productively – understanding your work style – April 6Networking Know-How - JulyLife Beyond the PhD – academia vs industryDiscipline specific upon requestResume checking (5 day turnaround)NewsletterDiscussion group??? – Shari if interested
17 Next workshopUnderstanding my work style – applying Myers-Briggs to enhance performanceTuesday April – 4.30 pm Kelvin GroveRegister via CareerHubJuly 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, GPStandard catering will be provided. Payment for attendance.Register via StaffConnect before COB Monday 14 MarchEnquiries to or phone
19 Sessional Career Advancement Development (SCAD) Program Semester 1, 2011
20 SCAD 2011 ProgramSCAD 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; andEstablishment of a mentoring relationship with a QUT academic.
21 SCAD 2011 ProgramTwo full day workshops supplemented by mentoring and eLearning activitiesWorkshop 1: Saturday 9th July, KG CampusWorkshop 2: Saturday 23rd July, KG CampusParticipants will be paid at the standard sessional rate for their attendance at workshopsEach 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… directioninsightadviceGo 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
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.QUTUQGriffithACU
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 CommunicationAdvanced TeamworkKnowledge and Research Problem SolvingResearch Career LearningTechnical Research SkillsSelf and Project ManagementResearch ConductLeadershipCreativityEnterpriseIdentify 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 thingswhen marketing yourself for employment?
32 10 Tips to effectively market yourself 1. Self Reflect2. Have a vision3. Define your brand4. Have an elevator story5. Be willing to work outside your comfort zone6. Do not wait to be noticed7. Cultivate people skills8. Volunteer9. Dress for success10. Be a strategic thinker(Karalis, 2007)
33 1. Self reflect Spend some time figuring out your career trajectory Assemble a knowledge and skills inventoryWhat are your unique strengths?what you do better than others in your fieldWhat 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 willhave to take to get thereBe as specific as possibleThink about where you want to be in3yrs?5yrs?and 10yrs?
35 3. Define your brand What makes you unique? What are you best known for?Be able to state thesequalities fluently and with confidence
36 People buy benefits, not features. Feature vs BenefitWhat 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 asenhanced profitability, better efficiency, or reduced risk.Something that reduces hassles or inconvenienceTake home message:People buy benefits, not features.
37 Feature vs Benefit (cont.) SMARTIESAsk what the features and benefits of smarties are
38 Activity: Features Benefits How this works: KnowledgeSkillsAbilitiesOtherBenefitsHow 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 storyA concise summary of yourself or your researchKey message should be delivered in seconds (or the time taken to ride an elevator)Pitching the researchPitching YourselfDescribe who you areWhy you will be a benefitDescribe what it isHighlight 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 applyingAlways accept additional responsibilities that can build and diversify your curriculum vitae
41 6. Do not wait to be noticed Modesty does not create opportunityThe one who gets noticed is the one who makes sure that his or her boss knows how good his or her work isIf there is a vacancy or assignment you want, ask for itWhen you are ready to make acareer move, talk about it out loud.Let people know you are ready forthe next challenge. The more peopleyou talk to about it, the more likelyyou are to hear about opportunities asthey arise
42 Ways to get noticed Distinguish yourself Be likable Define your brand Speaking at conferencesActively participate in professional organizations. Be likableDemonstrate your self-awareness, self-control, trustworthiness, motivation, empathy and social skillsDefine your brandDefine your personal story, guiding principles, and elevator pitchConsider your biggest successesConsider 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 nameGood people skills can enable you to advanceat a much faster pace than others with more experience
44 What are good people skills? SmilingEye contactListen to understand/listen intentlyUsing first namesBeing open and confidentBeing positiveKeeping messages to the pointConsider - 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 placeTo get a taste of the real world of work in your field - leading to sounder career choicesTo work on problem solving, initiative and team work skills, which you can then write about in selection criteria and talk about in interviewsTo enable employers to observe potential employees in their work placeGain 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 makeit 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?
49 Forming connectionsLinking with employersCover Letter & ResumeAnswering Selection CriteriaInterview
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 EmployersAlumniProfessional AssociationsConference delegatesHR ProfessionalsLibrariansCareer PractitionersFormer employersRemember….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 zoneAsk opening questions – what, where, when, how ...avoid whyBe confident about YOUR SKILLS!Understand your keywordsImportance of business cardsPractice, practice, practice
53 Information Interviewing You are not looking for a jobYou are finding out information about the job and/or companyIt will help you to develop a well focused ResumeIt will enable you to speak knowledgably about the career you wish to enterPrepare some questions that you might ask a contact
55 Cover Letters Complements your resume Explains WHY you want to work for that organisationAnd WHY you want the jobLets your passion & commitment come through
56 Customise the Cover! Contents of the Cover.. Create a new cover letter for each positionAlign your cover letter with the organisationContents of the Cover..Opening paragraph - IntroductionParagraph 2 Why are you applying?Paragraph 3 Why you?Paragraph 4 Highlight your skillsClosing paragraph See you soon!
57 Resumes!Your skills, knowledge, education and experiences – in only 3 pages!Evolving document and therefore needs to be updatedAnalyse the advertisement and identify key skills and attributesResearch 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 detailsCareer objective/skills statement/personal profile etcEducationWork experienceAchievementsGeneral skillsInterests/HobbiesPublicationsRefereesPLUS ANY OTHER SECTIONS RELEVANT TO YOUR BACKGROUND
60 Key points Bold important information throughout Personal details – clear and simpleSkills/professional summary –1 paragraph - benefits to employerEducation –thesis title, supervisors, synopsis or skillsWork Experience –career related / other, Academic / industryPublications – sections – conferences, journals, ERA, IFReferees
61 Do’s and Don’ts Spell check and proof read Well presented easy to read Active rather than passive voiceMatches your skills to their requirementsLets your benefits show thoughPresents a positive focussed imageDon’t get it done by a professional- should be in your own wordsDon’t raise straw menDon’t be dishonest!
63 Understand the criteria Responsibilities vs Selection CriteriaMandatory vs DesirableRead each criterion carefully & answer specificallyGood 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 fullContent for each SC (except Qualifications)3/4 a page to a page for EACH criteriaApprox 300 Words for EACH criteria1 per pageUse 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 PhDDuring 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 ontext
67 Example Context Action Result A group of around 20 Postgraduate Students who wanted a workshop on Job Seeking SkillsActionSpoke with staff, researched employers needs and sourced relevant informationResultAll students attended and verbal feedback indicated that content and style of workshop was both highly relevant and useful to them
70 Overcoming concerns Understand the purpose of an interview Organisation’s reasonYour reasonResearch yourself, the role, the companyPrepare your responsesDescribe a time when....(behavioural)Can you tell me a bit about yourself? (personal)Develop your keywords/themeAnxiety reduction
73 Steps to achieving a vision Have an overall picture of where you want to goBreak it down into manageable stepsStart along the wayRecord your progress and reward each achievement
74 Career development activities at QUT TutoringResearch assistantLaboratory assistant/tutorGrant collaborationPublicationsNetworking, networking, networking
75 External activities Join a professional association Become an expert advisorJoin the Board of a community organisationWrite articles for blogs, newsletters etc?????
76 Action planning - SMART S = SPECIFICWho 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 = MEASUREABLEHelps you stay on track, reach your target dates, and experience achievement.A = ATTAINABLEBreak it down into steps - each step should move you closer to that goal.R = REALISTICPersonal and situational factors which may influence your ability to reach your goal.T = TIMEBOUNDDefine 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 VERBWrite your goal statement using SMART Goal CriteriaAvoid using negative language. Think positive!
78 Next workshopsApril 6 – Understanding my work style – applying Myers-Briggs to enhance performanceJuly 26 – Postgraduate Career Development day
79 Review of workshop/reflection Sentence startersI have learned….I discovered that…I will ….It surprised me that….I was pleased that…
80 Contact Careers and Employment U BLOCK, GPX BLOCK, GPC BLOCK, KGLOCATIONGardens Point Campus:Level 2, U Block(Above the Art Museum)Level 2, X BlockReception: Room X226Kelvin Grove Campus:Level 4, C Block(Above the Refectory)Caboolture Campus:Student Centre - J BlockPHONEGardens Point:Kelvin Grove:CabooltureWEBSITE