Your careers consultant: five ways to use me

1) Are you wondering what you might do when your current research post comes to an end?  Perhaps you’d like some help deciding what the next best step could be.  I can act as a neutral sounding board for your ideas and help you to source inspiration and contacts for your next move.

2) Does your CV still date from your undergraduate days?  Have you figured out how to explain your research to a non-expert audience?  Come to a CV writing workshop on the Researcher Development Programme, and by all means use me to give you feedback on CVs, personal statements, application forms or covering letters.

3) Feel that your interview technique might be a little rusty?  Again, the RDP can help.  Or, you could book a practice interview with me to give you an employer’s eye view of your performance.

4) When was the last time you met a real live employer (excluding your academic colleagues!)?  Look out for our ‘Spotlight’ series next term or check out the careers events page on the KCL website.

5) Can’t come in?  No worries.  Keep reading the KCL Graduate School blog for regular updates on vacancies, conferences and careers information: take a look through the archives for lots of other topics.  Plus we could talk over Skype or just over the phone.  I’m working on a series of webinars for next term too.

To make an appointment, for the time being, please email careers@kcl.ac.uk.  I see researchers on Monday and Tuesday afternoons, at Strand, and can come to Guy’s on a Friday.  Please include your phone number and email address in your email.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Postgrad personal statement competitition

Our partner website, LinkHigher, has been running a competition for postgraduates to find the best personal statement (100 words max) as judged by a panel of high profile postgraduate employers.

 

The competition is open to anyone who is studying for or already holds a Masters or PhD qualification. The aim is to encourage entrants to think about their most attractive, transferable skills and how to pitch them succinctly.

 

I think this would be especially useful for early stage research staff within a few years of completing their PhD.

 

More information is on the competition page at www.linkhigher.com/statements/new

 Top prize is an iPad2.

Science Placements

The ORBIS (Overcome Recession: Bioscience Investment in Skills) programme is seeking talented graduate, masters and postdoctoral level individuals to take up paid 26-week internship projects within leading bioscience and healthcare companies. As well as developing workplace skills within a hi-tech company environment, interns will also receive 12-days of bio-business training.

The ORBIS (Overcome Recession: Bioscience Investment in Skills) bio-business skills training programme sets out to respond to two distinct bioscience sector needs:

  • To provide affordable, relevant and responsive bio-business skills training to help companies tackle the current economic downturn more effectively.
  • To allow talented graduate-level interns to work within bioscience related companies on key projects, to increase company productivity, and to up-skill the interns.

Graduate-level bioscientists – specifically recent graduates with limited workplace experience or unemployed sector specialists – will benefit from paid internships with host companies from the bioscience sector. They will also receive a programme of high quality bio-business training. The training and workplace experience will allow graduates to develop new technical and commercial skills that will enhance their employment prospects and allow the sector as a whole to thrive.

There are 60 internship placements available.

The project will be delivered by The London BioScience Innovation Centre (LBIC) and The Royal Veterinary College (RVC). Project funding comes from the Economic Challenge Investment Fund (ECIF) managed by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). The programme will run from April 2009 to September 2010.

The closing date is Monday 2nd November 2009 but early applications are encouraged.

For further information please email orbis@rvc.ac.uk, call 020 7691 1122 or visit http://www.rvc.ac.uk/enterprise/orbis

King’s Graduate School Careers Podcast

We’ve recorded our first Graduate School careers podcast, in which we look at why postgraduate students should get careers advice, and what kind of advice is available at King’s.

The podcast is the first of a series, in which we will look at a range of careers issues from a postgraduate perspective.

If there are any specific topics that you would like us to cover in future podcasts, please let us know.

You will find the first podcast in the common room area of the Graduate School Virtual Learning Environment, which you can access via the link on the right-hand side of this page (you will need your user name and password).

Alternatively, just click the screen below.

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