How to get a tenure track job in the USA

On 15th of May, Dr. Karen Kelsky from The Professor Is In spoke to KCL PhD students and researchers about  academic careers in the USA. She kept a packed lecture theatre engrossed with her tips and wisdom for over 90 minutes and didn’t pull her punches on some of the trickier aspects.

Our colleagues at UCL Research Careers have written a blog post summarising her talk which is well worth reading if you are applying for academic jobs in America.  Follow this link to read it.

Calling all NMS PhDs and Research Staff! New employers added to your careers event

NMS Careers Day posterSign up here!

What will you get out of attending this event?

  • Inspiration as to paths people with NMS PhDs take after they’ve completed (all our employer guests have PhDs)
  • An overview of the market for people with your kind of PhD or research experience
  • Information, advice and guidance from experienced employers
  • Experience of talking to a range of employers (though they are not here to recruit!)
  • Challenges to your current career thinking!
  • Opportunity to get your CV checked.

More employers added, including Cisco, AWE, Elekta (medical physics), Capco (consulting), GORS and IBM.

Looking forward to meeting you soon!

Academic career in the US? Find out more!

Interested in academic roles in the USA? Need help understanding the US academic job market?

Karen Kelsky is the Founder of The Professor Is In — a blog and business dedicated to helping Ph.D.s master the academic and post-academic job markets.  A former tenured professor and department head, and a cultural anthropologist by training, Dr. Kelsky explains the unspoken rules of the American academic job search, from building a competitive record and writing competitive job applications to interviewing effectively and negotiating offers. And she provides support for those transitioning out of the academy.

Karen will speak to current PhD students and research staff interested in academic roles within Life Sciences in the US on Tuesday 3rd May, 4-6pm, at Guy’s Campus.

By attending this event you will learn:

  • About the US academic job market
  • Strategies for presenting yourself effectively for academic jobs in the US
  • Techniques for succeeding at academic interviews.

Register here

King’s has also secured places at Karen’s talk at LSE on Weds 4th May, which will have a more social science focus.  Register here for those places.

Case Study: working as a cultural researcher

Gabriela Mejan completed her PhD in Visual Culture at King’s in 2013.  Here she writes about her experiences of finding work, what she did during her PhD, and gives some advice to people currently looking for help.

I applied for academic jobs for 2 consecutive years (this means hours and hours of searching, filling applications, asking for reference letters). I was not even shortlisted for one single interview (this means getting a rejection e-mail almost every week). I also applied for all the postdocs I could find. The last rejection letter arrived in July.

THE ALTERNATIVE During my PhD years I always worked as a free-lance contractor for agencies like Lindsell Marketing and Marketcast International. My duties were mostly analysing data, working on translation and producing digital content in both English and Spanish. This kind of job was compatible with my studies as it was super flexible, walking distance from King’s and it also helped pay my bills. It also proved useful for me to find a job at Mavens of London right after my viva. It was a good job and a lovely working environment but it was also a marketing-oriented role. And my main interest is cultural studies (rather than helping companies sell more detergent, if you see what I mean). So I did feel frustrated. That was why I kept on applying for academic jobs.

DIGITAL PRESENCE IS A MUST I have made sure I keep a healthy, ambitious, active and visible profile online across different networks, including LinkedIn. This was how I first heard of Space Doctors. The main reason why I became interested in their work was because they recruit highly qualified researchers to provide cultural insight studies. Then they may apply such studies to marketing strategies but I don’t get to be involved in that part.

NOT (REALLY) PAID BUT REALLY REWARDING ROLES I have also kept my ties with academia as a Visiting Research Fellow at SPLAS. I coordinated a symposium there just last month, the result was fantastic and a very relevant publisher in our field offered to publish a book based on our presentations. In addition in the past few months I have helped organise Museomix, a global creative marathon. The one in Mexico took place at the Palace of Fine Arts. Museomix is a collaborative-art experience very similar to Fun Palaces which takes place every year in the UK.

MY ADVICE Find a day job outside the academia which involves putting your knowledge to good use: a think thank, a cultural organisation in need of researchers, a digital content publisher. Keep your ties with the academia but don’t expect to make a living out of it. Be creative!!! This is the free-lance, digital era after all. You could suggest work to employers that they might not thought about.

Calling all KCL Arts & Humanities PhDs! This one’s for you….

Please sign up for our inaugural Arts & Humanities PhD Careers Event, 2-6pm, Wednesday 24th June.

The line up for the event is now confirmed and we are delighted to welcome so many KCL alumni back to talk to you about what you might do on completing your PhD.

Talks:

2pm Welcome and An Academic Life, Dr Emily Butterworth, Senior Lecturer, KCL French Dept

2.30pm  The Oakleigh Report: Life post-PhD, Dr Sue Carver, Head of Research Careers, AHRC

3pm Researchers in Schools: a new route into teaching, Dr Bryn James, Researchers in Schools teacher

3.30pm Break (drinks sponsored by The Graduate School)

4-5.30pm Speed Meet.  You will have the opportunity to talk to PhDs working in a variety of fields, including:

  • Laura Speers,  Researcher developer at QMUL
  • Nina Saeidi, Charity fundraiser in a call centre, luxury retail assistant for an architect, music journalist and photographer
  • Georgios Regkoukos, Tour guide and tour director for EF Cultural Tour, Welfare Manager at a summer school, and GTA
  • Megan Murray-Pepper, Teacher North London Collegiate School
  • Pyi Phyo Kyaw, Postdoc at King’s
  • Netti Farkas, Deloitte
  • Victoria Tuke, Policy Advisor – Defence Strategy & Priorities, Civil Service
  • Andreas Stradis, Campaigns & Operational Strategy, Civil Service
  • Molly Rosenburg, Royal Society of Literature
  • Dom O’Mahony, Boston Consulting Group
  • Bryn James, Teacher, Researchers in Schools
  • Rosie Andrious, Teaches New Testament Greek at King’s College London and Chaplain for Imperial College Healthcare Trust

We look forward to seeing you there! Sign up to attend via the Eventbrite page now.

Please email kate.murray@kcl.ac.uk with any queries.

All the slots for CV checking are now filled.