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ECR Career Development Workshop 2016
Fri. 2 December 2016, 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
It is never too early or too late to start thinking about your career! This workshop is for Masters, PhD students, postdocs and academics who are looking for new collaborations!
It is becoming increasingly difficultforECRs to find a suitable niche in today’s academic job market, even after having studied for >10 years and having an excellent track record. This workshop will focus on avenues to improve the track records of ECRs to be more competitive both inside and outside academia. The overall theme of the day will be to address the questions “what is the motivation for doing what you are doing?” and “what would you do differently if you could repeat parts of your education”?
This 1-day workshop will run in a morning and an afternoon session. In the morning, expert guest speakers from research, consulting, education and government departments will talk about their career and research experience and will give advice regarding the enhancement of track records. Each guest speaker from academia will also talk about how they decide on what research questions to ask, in order to be successful in attracting grants. The afternoon will consist of two interactive sessions. In the first afternoon session, we will work on improving and adjusting CV’s to make them the perfect fit for the type of job you are hoping to find. Experts will provide help and individual feedback. Later in the afternoon we will focus on diversifying collaborations between ECRs and senior scientists. We will run through a short, exercise to find common research interests, which will be the base for future collaborations and/or publications, supported through the MQMarine Centre. Even if you are not planning to stay in research this will be a great opportunity to have a 1-on-1 session with one of the experts to discuss your career plans in more detail.
And the best part: to close the day and to celebrate new collaborations and achievements of the Centre throughout 2016, we have organised a Christmas-Cocktail Function at 4 pm. Another great chance to chat to the experts and your new collaborators!
ECRs, please bring three documents to the CV development session:
1. A job advertisement that has recently caught your eye, or a job advertisement that you would consider applying for, or one that describes your dream job!
2. Your current CV.
3. A cover letter (it can be, but does not have to, match the job description you brought, just bring your latest cover letter that you used to apply for a job or a grant (if you have one)).
For the career development session, please think about three research questions that you are interested in and like to answer.
As a result of the workshop we expect participants to have:
- learned strategies they can apply to be more successful in attracting grants and/or professional jobs.
- have an improved professional CV at hand for future applications.
- started to think about and discuss current research topics with fellow marine scientists that could be developed into a collaborative project.
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