Career: Realising your potential outside academia Identify, gain confidence in and sell your skills Clare Brophy & Sarah McCowen Staff Career Coaching.
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Career: Realising your potential outside academia Identify, gain confidence in and sell your skills Clare Brophy & Sarah McCowen Staff Career Coaching Service
RS Skills What tasks or activities do researchers do in their work?
RS Skills Choose one of those activities (whole group) What skills are involved in doing that activity?
My personal skills What evidence do I have of the skills listed? Working alone, make a record of your evidence.
Employers’ wish list What skills do you think employers are looking for?
Top 10 skills employers want Flexibility and capacity to cope with change Self-motivation Analytical ability and decision-making Communication and interpersonal skills Team-working ability Self awareness
Top 10 skills employers want Organisation, planning and prioritising Commercial/sector knowledge Ability to innovate Mental and physical resilience Leadership qualities Self-awareness
Skills recruiters struggle to find Project Management Leadership Commercial awareness Problem solving Risk taking and enterprise Managing learning and career
What employers value about RS ‘ Analytical thinking, report writing and ability to work independently.’ ‘Good learning skills, commitment to task, need for minimal supervision.’ ‘Good communication and presentation skills demonstrated by teaching experience.’ Source: University Researchers, Employers’ Attitudes and Recruitment Practices (Wright, 2000)
STAR Situation – what was happening at the time? Target – what needed to change? Action – what did you do? Result – what happened as a result of your action? Did you save time, money, increase output? Be specific
Further resources www.bristol.ac.uk/careers www.bristol.ac.uk/researchstaff www.vitae.ac.uk http://www.vitae.ac.uk/cms/files/Rugby- Team-Employers'-views-of-researchers'- skills-September-2007.pdf Books in the Careers Service (11 Priory Rd)