Presentation on theme: "Polishing your Professional Profile"— Presentation transcript:
1 Polishing your Professional Profile Kate Daubney, PhD Careers AdviserAuthoring a PhD – 2009/2010Endgame
2 Where are you heading…? What is your next career step? AcademicNon-academicBoth… Between the two…All the ‘polishing’ should lead somewhereTime to step back and assess honestly if you are ready to begin applying for jobs
3 Today’s Session Is about: Is not about: Assessing whether your CV will get you to where you want to beWorking out how to improve it and prepare yourself better for your careerIs not about:Helping you work out what to do with your life
4 Today’s Topics Reviewing your CV - is it fit for purpose? Adding value without losing sleepSelling yourself, not your soul
5 Your CV – Fit for purpose? Take a few minutes to review your CVJot down a few words to describe how you feel about itWhat are you proud of?What do you worry about?
6 You and your CV It can be frightening to summarise yourself! ‘But I’m so much more than this’‘Have I done so little?’At this stage, your CV often sets the tone for your professional reputationOne size does not fit all – find the layout to suit you
7 General Principles for a CV Bones not fleshSee it through the reader’s eyesWhat is important to them?What is the first thing they will see?Never send identical CVs out to different jobsKeep the layout clearDatesQualification/job title before uni/employerDivide relevant and less relevant work experiences if appropriate
8 Academic CV Education Academic work experience Publications PhD title, supervisor, expected submission or viva dateAcademic work experienceCombined teaching/research if not muchSeparate research and teaching if possiblePublicationsPublishedUnder reviewIn preparationConference and seminar presentationsOther work experience, language skills, IT etc.
9 Non-Academic CV Skills/Professional Profile Professional Experience OptionalUseful if you have done a lot before your PhDLeads the readerProfessional ExperienceRelevant work experienceOr, work experience made relevantEducationPhD title, supervisor, expected submission/viva dateIT and Language SkillsOther Professional ExperienceOptionalPublications, seminarsVoluntary work
10 Skills Profile Communications Specialist Write reports, speeches, press releases for wide range of audiencesExperienced spokesman and media liaison…FundraiserExperienced fundraising strategy developer…Programme ManagerDirected outreach programmes for small NGO with international officesDesigned and implemented programmes with external accountability…HIV/AIDS, Health and DevelopmentPrincipal expertise drawn from extensive professional experience in AfricaPractitioner and researcher…
11 Whatever your career choice Academic CV length – as long as it takesNon-academic CV length – 2-3 pages maxPresent information so its relevance is clearWhen describing a job or experience, show skills as well as achievements
12 For example…Spouse Employment Adviser, Foreign and Commonwealth OfficeDelivered career guidance in one-to-one and group scenariosDesigned and wrote handbooks and web material for guidance purposesTrained employment advisers in other foreign ministriesBuilt international spouse employment network
13 So your CV looks OK, but… What does it actually say about you? Will employers feel something is missing?Are there gaps you want to fill?Your CV is probably much better than you think!Job specifications are rarely as rigid as they seemThink positively about what you add as a PhD, as opposed to what you are missing
14 Polishing is all that is required No.1 priority – FINISH YOUR THESIS!Don’t overburden yourself with commitmentsSmall activities can add a lotAllocate limited but regular time out of the week for purposeful activityIf your CV needs a lot more added, don’t try to do it all now!
16 Adding Academic value Teaching Research Public profile UG dissertation supervision, tutoringResearchSeminar/conference presentations outside LSE, including quasi-academic venuesPublic profilebook reviews for journalspanels and workshops at think tanksaffiliations to research centresmemberships of relevant professional/sector associationsBuild your network of academics
17 Adding Non-Academic value Find non-academic outlets for your researchTranslate your work for stakeholdersVolunteer or intern with relevant organisationsManage your time carefully thoughBe clear about what you will gainBuild your networkResearch related and/or professional futuresOrganisation open days/workshops/visitsKnowledge is power!
18 General value Audit your skills – do you need to improve or train in: IT skillsLanguagesPresentation skillsReview, maintain and expand your networkBeing known almost always helps!
19 Over to you Consider which areas you would like to work on Also: What opportunities have you already taken to promote yourself professionally?What opportunities have you ignored?What opportunities could you create?
20 Kate who? How do you rate your professional profile at the moment? Make an inventory of your public identity:AcademicNon-academicSocialVoluntary
21 Chalk and Cheese How well does that inventory match your career goals? Are you known academically outside LSE?If you want to set up your own business, do people in your network know?If you want to move into an organisation, how have you shown an interest in them?
22 Selling yourself, not your soul Work/volunteering/internships are not the only ways to promote what you offerWealth of public and semi-public events available in all fieldsThe rewards come in your network and your profileBe clear about which ‘you’ is being presented
23 Who am I? Important to have clear ways to describe yourself ‘I am a PhD student’ is not always the best place to startProject a future you – ‘I’m interested in…’Use the business card activity to frame your skills and expertise
24 Business Card (1) Dr Kate Daubney Writing Research Education Music in film and popular culture
25 Business Card (2) Kate Daubney Training design & delivery Professional development in Higher Education
26 Business Card (3) Dr Elsie Graduate Fundraising - Budget management - Programme delivery -HIV/AIDS in West Africa
27 Over to you Have a go at the business card activity Try an academic one, and a non-academic oneFinding ways to talk about yourself non-academically can help with self-objectivityTranslate the business card into ‘introductory sentences’ to use socially and professionally
28 Any Questions? Kate Daubney, PhD & Post-Doc Careers Adviser 1-to-1 appointments, guidanceInfo for current students > PhD students