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Career Skills Workshops for Research Staff 


Our programme of workshops is designed to enhance the career prospects of research staff at UCL. Five different workshops are provided, each covering key aspects of career management

Unless indicated, the workshops take place in the Careers Service Seminar Room and are delivered by either one of our specialist Careers Advisers for Research Staff. 

All our workshops take place in groups of 10 - 20 participants and involve audience participation and group activities. They are either two or three hours long.

Our workshops can contribute to your Staff Development training days requirement.

Non Academic Workshops - Autumn Term Programme

Bookings open approximately two weeks in advance.    

  • Career Planning Beyond Academia

  •  Wednesday 29th October,  10:00 am - 12:30 pm 
  • Interviews & Other Assessment Methods

  •  Friday 21st November, 10:30 am - 13:30 pm
  • Non Academic CVs & Application Forms

  • Thursday 27th November, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
  • Successful Job Hunting

  • Friday 12th December, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

PhD Students please book through the graduate School - Skills development page

Research Staff please book through UCL Careers

Academic Workshops - Autumn Term Programme 

Bookings open approximately two weeks in advance.  

  •  Academic Career Planning

  • Friday 3rd October, 10:30 am - 1:00 pm.
  • Academic Interview Skills

  • Friday 31st October, 1:00 - 3:30 pm
  • Effective Academic CVs & Applications

  • Friday 14th November, 11:00 am - 1:30 pm

PhD Students please book through the graduate School - Skills development page

 Research Staff please book through UCL Careers

Employer Events Programme

This year we will be delivering employer forums and fairs for research students and research staff which focus on different key employment sectors. These events showcase different employer perspectives and career paths for research students and research staff outside academia and provide you with the opportunity to network with the invited speakers. 

For programme and booking information visit the RESEARCHER EVENTS PAGE

Careers Webinars

For those of you who are unable to visit the careers service in person for one of our interactive workshops we would highly recommend logging onto one of our lunch hour online seminars on core career management topics.

  • We will ask those who are interested in participating to sign up in advance. Information on how to do this will be made available approximately two weeks before each webinar.

Forthcoming Webinars:

Academic Applications. Monday 10th November, 12:30 - 1:30 pm.

Non Academic Applications. Monday 8th December, 12:30 - 1:30 pm.

Research Staff please book through UCL Careers

Other Careers Events

You may be interested in attending the wide selection of Fairs, Presentations and Themed weeks delivered to students by UCL Careers. Details are available on our TALK TO EMPLOYERS PAGE

Workshop Descriptions

Academic Career Planning

This workshop, composed of several interactive group exercises, explores the key skills, experience and personal qualities vital to securing your first lectureship and progressing up the academic career ladder. Ideal for those who are at an early stage of their postdoctoral career and are contemplating an academic career, as well as those who are looking to make lectureship applications and who want to gain an overview of what academic recruiters want from them.

Effective Academic CVs & Applications

This session is designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills necessary to make effective academic CVs and applications. By attending this workshop you will:

  • Develop an awareness of the personal qualities, experience and achievements needed to be successful in securing research and teaching positions in a higher education institution, in the UK and beyond.
  • Become more informed about academic CVs and motivational letters.
  • Be able to effectively market your skills, experience and motivation for research and teaching positions to an academic recruiter in written format.

Please note that for this workshop you must bring a copy of your CV.

Academic Interview Skills

An interactive session with practical hints and tips. This is an opportunity to gain interview practice and confidence in a ‘safe environment’ and will help you to succeed. This workshop covers core interview skills applicable to academic positions, but also examines areas of questioning specific to this area.

Career Planning Beyond Academia

By attending this workshop you will:

  • Explore issues that you need to consider, allowing you to make an effective career choice.
  • Be provided with the mental and informational tools to enable you to identify an alternative to an academic career by yourself.
  • Become aware of the data sources on research student non-academic career destinations
  • Recognise some of the challenges faced by individuals making a career change and identify strategies to manage the transition successfully.

Successful Job Hunting

By attending this course you will:

  • Gain an understanding of the variety of methods used to source job opportunities and debate the positive and negative aspects of different approaches. 
  • Examine real case studies of researchers and the methods they used to secure positions outside academia.
  • Become familiar with the key principles of effective networking, both for face to face situations and online channels.
  • Enhance your own networking and influencing skills through practical activities in a supportive environment.

How to Write CVs and Fill in Application Forms (Non Academic)

By attending this workshop you will:

  • Develop an ability to translate skills, experience and personal qualities developed through research to a non-academic recruiter. 
  • Gain techniques for more effective self marketing. 
  • Develop an awareness of the structure and content of typical non-academic CVs, cover letters and application forms. 
  • Be able to articulate positively and convincingly reasons for career change and role organisation choice.

Interviews and Other Selection Methods (Non Academic)

A highly interactive workshop that aims to simulate the assessment methods and exercises that organisations commonly use to select candidates for graduate level positions.

Areas covered include:

  • Competency based interviews 
  • In-tray task 
  • Group exercise

Participants will be given the opportunity to take on the role of the assessor in order to deepen their understanding of the behaviours that employers typically look for throughout the selection process.

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