Focus Group – Help Develop the Careers Service for PhD students

Focus-group2You’re invited to take part in a focus group on 30th June 2016 from 1 pm to 2 pm in the Training Room (4.14, Waterloo Bridge Wing) about the Careers and Employability service. The focus group should last no longer than one hour and refreshments will be provided. The session is aimed at PhD students, though research staff are welcome to attend too.

The focus group will provide an opportunity for you to find out about the Careers and Employability service for PhDs and influence its development.

In particular, we would like to know about

  • Your experience of the Careers and Employability service
  • What you would like from the service

Your views will be invaluable in helping us develop.

If you would like to take part in the focus group on 30th June please let Donald Lush, Careers Consultant for PhDs know via email

donald.lush@kcl.ac.uk

If you are unable to attend but would like to share your feedback on the service, please contact Donald via the email address above.

Why not take part in a Webinar?

Perhaps you are finding it difficult to attend personal, professional and career development training on campus? Maybe you have other commitments which mean that the Researcher Development Unit’s face-to-face courses are sometimes inconvenient? This academic year the RDU will be running several webinars (online seminars). The webinars are designed to offer another method for accessing our training provision, as well as to provide careers advice. This year we’ll be covering topics such as how to develop your online presence, how to create an effective CV, and how to use LinkedIn.

Our webinars are listed on the RDU’s Training and Development web pages. To book a place you will need to click on the webinar title, and then on ‘more details’. This will open a page with details on how to register. You may need to download a desktop application to participate in the webinar, but this is free and details of how to install it are provided upon registering. Headphones or speakers will also be required to hear the webinar.

To view our range of webinars please click here (don’t forget to bookmark this page, and keep checking it throughout the year, as more webinars will be added). And if you have any comments, questions or requests for future webinars, please contact the Researcher Development Unit: gradtrain@kcl.ac.uk

Careers advice for Master’s students

A guest post by Dr Sophia Donaldson, Careers Consultant

King’s Careers and Employability is here to assist you with all things career-related. In the Macadam Building (Strand), you’ll find a dedicated information team ready to help you navigate our comprehensive careers library. One-to-one appointments with careers consultants are available across all King’s campuses, where you can discuss career planning, have your CV checked, or practice for an upcoming interview.

We bring employers onto campus to meet students at careers fairs and forums, and to co-facilitate our King’s Leadership and Professional Skills Award, a 10-week course aimed at developing and selling the skills employers want.  We also work within departments to provide a range of services tailored to the particular needs of PGT students, including evening careers spotlight sessions, workshops on marketing MScs to employers, and credit-bearing internship modules.

You can check out what’s on offer in your department using our events calendar, but keep an eye on your emails, departmental plasma screens and KEATS as well.

Find out more about what we can do for you at www.kcl.ac.uk/careers.

Your research degree, your future? A new way of helping yourself decide

What was it, I wonder, that made you take the step into post-graduate research?  Many of the PhDs, post-docs and other staff I talk to see it as a natural progression into an academic life.  Others had a particular interest in a subject and found that doing structured research around it was the best way to find out more.  For others still, it’s a leg-up into a different level of job.

Some of these people know instinctively what their next step should be.  But you might be one of those who are struggling to figure that out.  Or, perhaps, you thought you knew what the immediate future held but are now not so sure, or haven’t been successful in making whatever leap is necessary.

If this sounds a bit like you, take a look at the new KEATS online module about Career Development. You can work your way through the materials (a mixture of signposts to outside resources, worksheets, career inspiration videos and so on) in order, or take a look at the sections most immediately relevant to you.

Let Kate Murray, our dedicated careers adviser for research students and staff, know what you think about it – email careers@kcl.ac.uk – and go and see her if you’d like to follow up on any of the material included in the module.  PhDs, post-docs and other staff are able to see her for hour-long appointments where you can discuss any aspects of your career decision-making.