Building Employability Skills (part 1)

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On completion of your postgraduate degree you may wish to forge your career in a number of ways:

  • begin an academic career;
  • return to a pre-existing academic career;
  • begin a career in research;
  • work in the public sector, private sector
    or third sector.

Whatever your aim, or indeed if you have not yet decided what you want to do, we strive to provide invaluable opportunities for you to develop and enhance your employability skills. What follows are the principle career management and employability skills training opportunities; if you want to know more, or feel that your career aspirations may be better served by another approach please do get in touch.

The workshop programme is delivered in accordance with a 5 step career development model:

Career Development Model

    Our Career Management and Employability workshops are presented in 4 groups.

    Unit 1: The Postgraduate Employment Market (Online resources)

    Who is this Unit for?
    These resources are designed for all postgraduates.

    The on-line materials provide a coherent insight into the employment market open to postgraduate researchers (PGRs), upon graduation. This includes material on the destinations of previous PGRs; employment statistics, by sector and discipline; and employability event presentations.

    Unit 2: Career Skills (Experiential Learning)

    Who is this Unit for?
    This unit is for PGRs who wish to develop a. their self-awareness, b. their understanding of others in their environment and c. their team-working skill set..

    This is a suite of three experiential training sessions focusing on the first two elements of the career development model referred to above; i.e. know yourself and know your opportunities. Please note that places on these workshops are very limited.

    PGRs who participate in the workshop "What is my Personal Work Style" will have the opportunity to take a psychometric on their "Thinking Styles". This provides an opportunity to receive a comprehensive written feedback report on how the respondent prefers to process information. Such processing of information is central to professional practice in the majority of occupations in the contemporary work environment.

    Units 3 and 4

    Research Essentials Online

    Research Essentials Online
    Explore a suite of interactive resources and live discussions at Research Essentials Online.

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