Year 4: Consolidation

Year 4, which is the year you will be completing your PhD, you will be attending two career workshops:

Click on each workshop title for further details.


1 Making the most of your final year

Date: 3 November 2017, 9:30 (start at 10:00)-16:30
Venue: Room G21, Paterson’s Land, Holyrood Road, Edinburgh.
Course leader: Dr Jo Young
Summary

Booking link.

Course description:

Have you decided on your next career steps after your PhD? Are you feeling confident about the transition into your next role? Have you made the most of the opportunities on offer in EastBio and beyond?

This session is designed to give you the tools to maximise the opportunities an EastBio PhD offers and increase your employability on graduation. We'll look briefly at the range of opportunities available to bioscience researchers, then work through a career planning process to help you use your doctoral studies as a route into the career of your choice. We'll explore employer needs (both in and beyond academia) and look at what you need to do to be able to offer the right skills and experiences when you make the transition to the next stage of your career. We’ll also discuss what value the EastBio community could have after your PhD and how to sustain and develop the alumni network.

By the end of the workshop you will have had the chance to explore: 

1. Steps you should take to plan your career

2. Opportunities available to develop your employability during a PhD

3. The value of networks and building the EastBio community

4. Planning your next steps in career development

Participant requirements:

Although there are no pre-workshop requirements, you may find it useful to bring along a copy of your CV to refer to during the day and to help you identify your next steps.

What did our students say about the workshop last time it run:

"I thought it was good how the workshop was tailored to our individual career plans. It was also useful to hear more detail on the academic career path as I feel this sometimes gets neglected among the other potential careers available to us."

"I had very little knowledge on the uses of social media in searching for a position/selling yourself, so for me that was the major benefit."


2 PhD Career Paths: Industrial, academic and meta-academic

Date: 9 March 2018, 10:00-13:00
Venue: Lower College Hall, University of St Andrews (Building 44, grid K2 on this map )
Course leader: Pamela Andrew

Booking link
Click on ‘Add course’ in the course description, then ‘Book’ under Course/event selection.

Workshop description:

By the end of this workshop participants will have an insight into how employers in different sectors view the PhD. They will have had the chance to discuss their own ambitions and experiences, as well as hear about a diverse range of career options outside academia where they can transfer their skills and knowledge. The course will be followed by lunch and a chance to catch up with your final year colleagues.

What did our students say about the workshop last time it run:

"Being able to chat with others about their desired careers and thinking about the pros and cons of the different types of careers.'

"Nice to see other students in the same boat. If I wasn't so aware about what I want to do next, this would have highlighted some good options."

"Good resources highlighted. Not too long + well structured."