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King’s Careers & Employability Autumn Events for PGR Students

This is a guest post by Donald Lush, Careers Consultant with King’s Careers & Employability.

King's Careers & Employability

Dear PGR Students

I hope you are all very well at this time.  It has been great meeting many of you in appointments over the summer and being part of the new student induction last week.

I’m aware there is an awful lot of information floating about at the moment and wanted to help you make some sense of the huge range of activities that you may be hearing about that will help you think about your future, by picking out three things for you to choose to focus on this month.

All King’s Careers & Employability events are available to book through King’s CareerConnect. It takes just a moment to make sure your details are up to date on there, and then you have access to a fantastic array of activities giving you information to help you take your next steps.

1. Life & Health Science Careers Event 2020

This year’s Life & Health Science Careers Event is sponsored by AstraZenica and is taking place next week from Monday 12 to Friday 16 October.

We’re hosting some of the UK’s largest graduate employers in life science, health, consulting and medical sciences related industries; it’s a fantastic chance to network and explore a career with sector-leading companies.

Normally run at The Francis Crick Institute,  this year the event will run virtually on KEATS, and you’ll be able to visit the employers’ virtual stands, browse their resources and click through to scheduled Q&A sessions where you can talk to employers throughout the week.

Find employers which may interest you in advance of the event, and take a note of the specific date, time and joining instructions for their presentations. Some highlights include:

  • Astra Zeneca Post Doc Programme: Thursday 15 October 14:00-16:00
  • Cambridge Healthcare Research (Consultancy) Drop-in Session:  Monday 12 October, 14:00-15:00, Thursday 15 October 14:00-15:00
  • Costello Medical (Communications) Drop-in Sesions: Monday 12 October 16:30-17:30 & 17:30-18:30
  • Healthcare Consultancy Group: Monday 12 October 10:30-12:30, Tuesday 13 October 10:30-12:30
  • IQVIA (Tech and Analytics): Monday 12 October 13:00-14:00 and 16:00-17:00
  • JA Kemp (Patent Attorney): Monday 12 October 14:00, Thursday 15 October 14:00

Register on King’s CareerConnect today to book your place and learn more about the AstraZenica Life & Health Science Careers Event.

2. Webinars for researchers

Take a look at the webinars that we run for researchers as part of the Centre for Doctoral Studies training programme.  These generally take place at lunchtime on a Wednesday; for example, book to attend one about CVs  on Wednesday 14 October 12:30-13:30.

3. Careers in Your Ears

If it’s going to take some time to process all this information and perhaps you need a bit of direction to do that, take 20 minutes to listen to this episode of Careers in Your Ears, the careers podcast for doctoral students and research staff at King’s, featuring an interview with former Head of King’s Careers & Employability Dr Kate Daubney as she helps you to reflect on your employability, widening out this out from the niche knowledge you are creating. It’ll remind you of all the great qualities you develop as a researcher!

Looking forward to seeing you at a webinar / in an event / on a Teams call soon!

With best wishes

Donald Lush
Careers Consultant

King’s Health Science DTC Annual Research Symposium: 5 reasons to sign up today

This year, the King’s Health Sciences Doctoral Training Centre is holding its inaugural Research Symposium on Monday 14 May 2018. 

This exciting one-day event will feature mini-masterclasses, speed networking, student talks, and a keynote lecture from one of King’s Health Sciences’ top academics, Professor Tim Spector. This Symposium is open to all King’s Postgraduate Research Students across the four Health Sciences faculties and registration is completely free.

This event is an excellent opportunity for early career researchers in the Health Sciences to meet with fellow research students, discover new research, create new scholarly and social networks, as well as to present their own work to peers and experts in their fields.

If that doesn’t convince you to register for the Health Sciences DTC Symposium, here are five more reasons why you should sign up today:

  1. Expand your scholarly network across disciplinary boundaries: this symposium offers you the chance to meet and get to know colleagues from other faculties following similar research themes.
  2. Kick-start your career with specially tailored sessions to boost your employability: you can attend workshops on careers, CV skills, academic writing, as well as more specialised sessions on CRISPR technology, and recombinant protein production.
  3. Public engagement: see and hear three of the King’s 2018 ‘Three Minute Thesis’ finalists talk about their PhD projects in just three minutes and discover what it takes to communicate your work in an impactful way in just 180 seconds!
  4. Present your own research and hone your presentation skills: all PGR students in the Health Schools are invited to submit an abstract before the 23rd of April to give a talk about the latest developments with your research project. This is not just a great chance to get the word out about your research, but to improve your public speaking and presentations skills too.
  5. VIP Keynote Speaker: come hear about the work of KCL’s renowned Professor Tim Spector, author of the critically acclaimed books The Diet Myth and Identically Different. Spector is Professor of Genetic Epidemoiology and Director of the TwinsUK Registry at King’s College London. A specialist in twin studies, genetics, epigenetics, and microbiome and diet, Professor Spector’s work is known worldwide.

How to Register 

Registration is free and open to all King’s PGR Students in the Health Sciences.

Click here to book your place. Registration will close on 9am on Monday 7 May.

Submit an Abstract

To submit your abstract to present at the HSDTC Symposium, please see the relevant section in the registration form and follow the instructions.

  • Monday 23 April: Deadline for abstract submission
  • Monday 30 April: Abstracts chosen by this date and speakers informed



  • 09:00 Registration and Coffee
  • 09:30 Mini-masterclasses
  • 11:30 Welcome from the Director of King’s Health Sciences DTC
  • 11:45 Three Minute Thesis Finalists
  • 12:00 Speed Networking
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 Keynote: Professor Tim Spector
  • 15:00 Student Talks
  • 17:00 Drinks and canapés

For further information on the King’s Health Sciences Doctoral Training Centre, including news and training opportunities, click here. If you have any questions, you can email hs-dtc@kcl.ac.uk


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