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Dr Sara Shinton
Round of Introductions
Your Name & Where are you from? PhD (which year?) ± Post Doc (which year?) Your subject area Right now, what is your greatest challenge in your career? What would help you most today in getting further with your career?
Deciding between academia and alternative careers Awareness of alternatives available to academic researchers Knowing whether I am good enough to progress in academia Winning in the academic system - lack of support from ³bosses´
The workshop will help if« It helps me decide between academia and alternatives It helps me write a career plan .
more fulfilled and in better control of their careers Runs NWO Career Talent Days and Masterclasses with Ruth Winden . Postdocs and Academics to be more effective.Sara¶s Background Research in Physical Chemistry and Polymer Science (PhD and postdoc) Skills Development and Careers Advice Own consultancy since 2000 Vision: for PhDs.
for your own advantage«who will? .Why Career Planning? If you don¶t take control of your career.
What is ³Career Planning´? Distilled into big questions« Who are you? Where are you now? What do you want? (Develop your 12-3-5-10 «year vision) How can you get there? .
Career Planning is about: Information & Knowledge about Yourself The labour market Opportunities Finding the right match for you Being pro-active Making it happen! .
Objectives By the end of today we will have worked through a career planning process developed the first draft of a career plan to expand and amend at a later stage identified the success factors for a career in academia or discussed alternative careers and strategies for making transitions out of academia .
please try them all! Listen out for people with similar aspirations or challenges . some less so .build your own network .Approach Some input from me on the process Lots of discussion and chance to share ideas and perspectives Some activities will feel comfortable.
The Handout Links to the exercises A place to capture your thoughts A link to other resources A basis for your own plan? .
12:30 12:30 .9:45 9:45 ± 10.10:45 10:45 .00 .11.45 11:45 .00 10.11:00 11.13:30 Introductions ± backgrounds and motivations for attending Step 1: What does a career plan look like? Step 2: Where are you now? Coffee break Step 3: What Makes You Unique? Step 4: Your Career & Life Vision Lunch .Session outline 9:30 .00 .
00 ± 18.00 17.16:15 16:15 ± 16.00 Step 5: What do you Need to Do & Your Interview Results Developing a reputation & making an impact Step 6: Overcoming Barriers Tea Step 7: Goal Setting Step 8: Write the Career Plan Questions & Answers Drinks & networking .15:15 15:15 .45 ± 17.Session outline 13:30 .15:30 15:30 .14:30 14:30 .45 16.
matching who you are to the life you are going to lead.´ John Lees .A Definition ³Effective Career Planning is about finding a job that works for you.
The ideal career Stops feeling like work Plays to your strengths «so it is a match with you But who are you? .
You are« Qualifications & Experience Talents & Skills Values & Passions Personality & Preferences And more«« .
Step One What does a career plan look like? .
Suggested Content of Career Plan Key Motivating Factors Your Values Your Vision Your Strengths (and how to keep your weaknesses in check) Your Development Needs SMART Goals and Rewards on the way Resources needed and support mechanisms Potential Difficulties Timescales (!!!) and Reminders .
Step Two Where are you now ? .
Draw a symbol or picture A symbol or picture which represents where you are with your career right now Don¶t think about it too hard ± intuitive choices are often the most insightful ones What does the picture ³say´? Write down some notes in your handout (page 2). and share with 1 other person .
Thank you all for such a great day .Look at the difference«.
Career Hot Buttons ³What gets you out of bed in the morning?´ => What are your key motivators? Fill in the questionnaire & reflect on the result How do your career hot buttons fit with your current role? What do they mean for your next career step? .
Career Hot Buttons What are the ³hot buttons´ that seem consistent with academic culture? Which buttons seem inconsistent with academic culture? .
Break and network! When we come back we will look at you and your career vision in more detail .
Step Three What Makes YOU Unique? .
The 21st Century Success Factors Get Noticed Be Remembered Make a Name for Yourself .
What makes you stand out? What do you love doing? What comes easy? What do you excel at? What is important to you? What are your best qualities/attributes? What do others appreciate about you? What are your greatest strengths? What are your passions? .
What else is out there? Self help books On-line materials www. IOB.grad.uk Research Career Builder (Sheffield) Career Development Planner (Swansea) CPD materials (RSC. PDP) Careers Advice and courses .ac.
grad.groups.uk/planner www.shef.shintonconsulting.ac.uk/ Core Research Skills Personal and Professional Skills Specialist Skills Review and Record Achievements www.ac.com .Research Career Builder http://gmpcrs.
personalitypathways.com/home.com/ .personalitypage.html http://www.Personality & Preferences I also mentioned the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) during the workshop The indicator is a questionnaire and interview with a qualified practitioner.co.shtml More information on each type can be found at http://www. but alternatives ways of investigating your preferences are available You can complete a simple version of the indicator on the BBC Science website http://www.bbc.uk/science/humanbody/mind/surveys /whatamilike/index.
Step Four Your Career Vision Where do you want to be in 5 (10) years¶ time? .
Your vision What is important to you? Where you want to be? What you want to be doing? How you want to be viewed? How you want to feel? Preferred recognition/reward? How does it fit in with the rest of your life? .
attitudes and values) Skills (eg abilities) Achievements Success factors (How did they get to where they are now?) . scientist.In Need of Inspiration ?? Think of an academic. or any person who YOU regard as successful ± an inspiration or role model What do they do? What are their qualities (eg characteristics.
Creative Visualisation Find a comfortable position (on the chair or floor if your prefer) I will take you through a guided exercise to help you develop your vision in more detail Please close your eyes and relax « .
Outcomes of the Creative Visualisation What did you see? What did you feel? Write down any thoughts. emotions and images from the creative visualisation that you want to remember for the future! .
typical tasks. opportunities etc. Q2 10-15 minutes . Record your ideas in the handout ± activity 1.Your career vision In small groups discuss The career you are aiming for* Your motivations for wanting this career The sector/employer *if you don¶t know think about the features of your preferred job«location.
To help me« What type of careers have you been discussing? To help you Identify people with similar goals/interests .
Your career vision In small groups discuss How you want to be rewarded or recognised* How you want to be managed Other factors your career will have to accommodate** Any barriers *see career hot button questionnaire **children. international work. other interests Record your ideas in the handout 10-15 minutes . dual-career couple.
4. 2. Has the past year been good/bad/satisfactory or otherwise for you. 5.Review 1. and why? What do you consider to be your most important achievements of the past year? What do you like and dislike about working for this organization? What elements of your job do you find most difficult? What elements of your job interest you the most. 3. and least? .
businessballs.com . 9. 8. 7.Review 6. and your boss? What kind of work or job would you like to be doing in one/two/five years time? What sort of training/experience would benefit you in the next year? www. What do you consider to be your most important tasks in the next year? What action could be taken to improve your performance in your current position by you.
Lunch Break and network! When we come back you will start to think about objectives and planning towards these .
Step Five To Achieve Your Vision. What Do You Need To Do? .
.How will your vision be achieved? Don¶t rely on this«. But feel free to make your own luck .
Making Your Vision Reality What will you need to do to achieve your 5 (10) year vision? What¶s a must? What¶s useful? What¶s good. but not vital .
What did your interviewees in academia recommend? Why were they offered their 1st permanent academic post? What criteria will they be judged against in the future? What advice did they have for young researchers? .
people who know you and will tell others about you informally .languages Right place at right time Show initiative (call people and ask for a job) Assertive and proactive Number of publications (for professor jobs) References .say no to temporary Take advantage of having somehting to offer and get something in return network Have something unique .Why were you offered your 1st permanent academic post? Prior work experience Worked in field and made good impression when vacancy opened up were first thought Negotiation of best contract .
quality and numbers taking courses (and finishing them) Number of PhD students (Discussion . but all in same field or in different fields .media presence Project management .being recognised so even if not publishing or teaching.can work against you as need to develop own name so people know it is your work) International status .useful to have a list of publications.What criteria will you be judged against in the future? number of publication and citations Ability to get money into group Skills in teaching . Might help institute to promote itself . have a value to the department.
both journal articles and grant proposals Membership of professional bodies and advisory groups . future success is also measured by ³esteem factors´ which include Examining doctoral candidates Being invited as a key speaker at conferences Reviewing the works of others .Some additional perspectives on this question In the UK.
stick to one subject and make a name and will be associated with this Produce lots of papers Get international experience Have some educational skills .What advice do you have for young researchers? Start in the right environment with a ³good´ name & get lots of publications Working with a ³big name´ gives you more chances .particularly if they see themselves as a mentor Work for someone who will give you the opportunity to form your own group and give you freedom to develop own ideas Establish self in certain region (subject area) .understand how to teach Don¶t focus on just staying in university .broaden view Find good line and stick to it More follows«. .
you will need to keep motivated in times of difficulty Be focussed Be visible .network/go to the right conferences/maintain email contact with other key researchers in your field Don¶t waste time worrying. Be assertive and ask for help Keep in mind own aims for research (your long term strategy and preliminary ideas that need to be developed) as well delivering what your institution and funding body expect Learn to write grant proposals early .What advice do you have for young researchers? Talk about your work with others Make sure you like the line of research you choose .
What skills will you need? What job do you have in mind? Where is the labour market going? Are changes forecast? Can you develop skills that might be in short supply? .
What do YOU need to do? In your small groups Work with people with similar career interests or disciplines Include ideas from your pre-course work About the characteristics of success Share opportunities you have heard about .
Measures of Success Funding contribution to proposals fellowships support for specific projects research articles patents industry reports Publications Conferences posters presentations attendance Committees administrative experience exposure to academic management Professional Qualifications .
Step Six Barriers .
Barriers What might prevent or hinder you from achieving your aims? Which of these things are in your control? Reflect on your answers Form groups around common themes .
Overcoming Barriers In your groups identify What you can change (control) What you cannot change Opportunities or ideas to get around barriers Onto a flipchart and present .
org/ScienceAndTechnology/P olicy/GoodPracticeinUCD.rsc. Good practice in UK Chemistry Departments http://www.asp .
Something to reflect on Barriers Filters If the winds of change are blowing through your career«.couldn¶t resist) .. (sorry .
Break and network!
When we come back you will start to think about objectives and planning towards these
Individual Goal Setting
think about your ONE goal you could define for your career. Write it Down. .Your Ultimate BIG Career Goal With your vision in mind. your ULTIMATE GOAL.
on the right hand side. List > 20 SMART goals to reach that ultimate goal based on your vision (work & personal) Then. put a 1 to the goals for the next 1-2 years 2 to achieve within 3 years 3 to achieve within 4-5 years Group them together according to deadline Then. put them in order of importance .
SMART Goals S ± Specific (as detailed as possible) M ± Measurable A ± Achievable R ± Relevant (to you!) T ± Time bound (give it a deadline!) .
Step Eight Write the plan .
Making it Happen Handout Transfer the goals (in the order you gave them) into the relevant spaces in the handout Which first small steps can you take soon to work towards your goals .
Look at your plan What is still missing? .What have we learnt? To summarise«.
Maintain your momentum Identify three short term goals (for you to achieve by within 3 months) ± record these in your handout Write a nice encouraging postcard to yourself.Please!) . with the same 3 goals (use your chosen postcard for your VISION). along with your address (and so I can READ it .
how you did it and what the result was use progress meetings to cover professional development . knowledge and experience to achieve projects or tasks record what you did.Build a portfolio review progress regularly how have you used skills.
com .nwo.org www.prospects.hesda.uk www.org www.grad.org.jobhuntersbible.hhmi.sciencecareers.html www.ac.uk www.ac.Useful websites www.nl www.uk/subjects/rs/case.
Unless you are perfect«. Your good intentions might get squeezed out by life « Find support to keep you on track and maintain your momentum! .
Michelangelo Buonarroti . but in setting our aim too low.The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short. and achieving our mark.
Thank You And good luck! .