No More Blue Mondays Workshop Preparing for the academic job market Sarah Allbeson Careers Consultant Careers Service, 3rd floor, Main Library Aims today Opportunity to reflect on your career development and consider your plans for after your studies Identify your strengths and areas of your academic life you want to develop further before the end of a PhD Discussion with peers for new ideas, reassurance, inspiration! Today’s speaker Alasdair Raffe Chancellor’s Fellow, University of Edinburgh School of History, Classics & Archaeology The job market and you! Opportunity to reflect on your strengths and areas for development Pick one of the job descriptions, read it through and then consider how you compare to the key criteria In what areas would you have strong evidence and examples of your suitability? In what areas would you need to develop further in order to meet the person specification? Filling the gaps! Identify 3 actions you can take in the next 6 months to strengthen your profile Working towards the first lecturing job… Postdoctoral fellowships Research Assistant or Research Associate posts Teaching opportunities Short-term contracts Portfolio career opportunities Think about the time you will have to WRITE AND PUBLISH!!! Networking and making contacts Perhaps…the most crucial factor that will determine your success The chances of getting short-listed for interview are much, much stronger if your application lands on the desk of someone who already knows you Not what you know, who you know!?! How can you develop your network? Presenting papers and attending conferences Research seminars and workshops LinkedIn and www.academia.edu and blogs, Twitter Collaborative projects Looking for academic jobs Where are you looking for roles? What kind of roles are you looking at? What websites or other sources are you using? Job search strategy Find out where jobs are advertised Identify institutions that offer your subject – approach speculatively? Find out who funds your research area – create your own job? AHRC Research Grants – early careers British Academy Post-doctoral Fellowships Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowships (or study abroad studentships?) And for more… Research Professional - www.researchprofessional.com www.eri.ed.ac.uk http://www.rsd-blog.eri.ed.ac.uk/ Useful websites www.timeshighereducation.co.uk New jobs are posted on this site every Tuesday and listed in The THES newspaper the following Friday. www.jobs.ac.uk Search for academic and research jobs at universities, colleges and research institutions in the UK (and some abroad) www.acu.ac.uk (Worldwide Vacancies) Recruitment for Commonwealth universities around the world. www.academicjobseu.com Site for academic jobs in Europe. http://chronicle.com/section/Jobs/61 Chronicle of Higher Education, academic jobs in North America http://www.higheredjobs.com Job listings for higher education in the USA www.phdjobs.com A dedicated website for PhD holding job searchers. Use the Careers Service Main Library, 3rd floor: 9.15am – 4.45pm (Tuesdays 11am - 7pm) Talk to a Careers Consultant Careers advice – appointments available daily Careers Fairs, talks and workshops Book places on MyCareerHub and see events for whole semester CareerEd - online resource available through Learn which helps you generate career ideas www.ed.ac.uk/careers - explore your options, find out occupations, destinations and lots, lots more! Postgraduate section of the website too… Main Library, 3rd floor Thank you – we look forward to working with you Any questions?