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1 How does this relate to your career? Dr. Lorna Dargan Careers Adviser for Medical Sciences

2 An everyday activity  Most organisations have a PDR process  Review of performance: strengths and weaknesses  Review your future plans  Evidence of competence  Commitment to own progression/development  An opportunity to make yourself heard!  Newcastle University PDR.PDR

3 The challenge for PhDs...

4 Employer Perspective “ PhD researchers can be perceived as lacking in skills. There is an assumption on the part of employers that PhDs do not have generic employment skills and that their three years of academic experience has not helped them to develop key competences.” Survey of employer attitudes to postgraduate researchers, University of Sheffield 2006

5 Temptations

6 Form good habits  Helpful to start viewing yourself as an ‘researcher in training’  Focus on your career as well as your thesis  Get the most out of your PhD.

7 Make use of ePortfolio  Make use of the PDR section even though you might not get asked about this in review!  Build evidence of skills: academic and transferrable  Preparation for applications and interview  Evidence: tell me about a time when...  Reflection: what are your weaknesses?  Development: what are your training needs for first six months?  Planning: what is your publication strategy post-PhD?  A good application takes a long time!

8 Newcastle Researchers’ Blog Latest news and events Careers advice and opportunities Chance to share your views with researchers newcastleresearchers.wordpress.com

9 Newcastle Researchers Blog  Latest news and events  Careers advice and opportunities  Chance to share your comments with researchers

10 Drop-in available 10-4:30pm all year We’re here to help


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