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    SPIRAL - Careers within and beyond academia
    Provider   Organisational and Staff Development Unit

    If you are interested in continuing research or if you are thinking of moving away from academia then it is never too early to start planning ahead and thinking about what direction you want your career to go.

Duration 1 full day

Course Type Workshop

Booking Status Waiting List

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Target Audience: All Research, KE and Teaching Staff interested in finding out more about their career options

Research is an exciting, competitive and challenging career choice that requires strategic planning, seeking out opportunities that are relevant, networking and expanding your skillset; as you progress, your daily activities will evolve and challenge you and you will need to adapt accordingly.

Increasingly, researchers are also seeking careers outside academia. During their time as PhD students and postdocs, researchers develop a number of skills that they can utilise in a variety of other positions, whether these are related to their research or not.

This workshop will give an overviewof both academic and non-academic careers, including case studies, examples from the instructors own experience and guest speakers. Participants will be asked to consider their career strategy going forward, their accomplishments to date and their next steps. We will include overviews of different roles and provide resources to help participants explore their options. In addition, participants will be asked to evaluate their skill set using the Elements skills evaluation and consider which skills they want to develop further.

At the end of this workshop researchers will have:

  • An overview of research careers and what is expected of early career researchers;
  • An understanding of the next steps that they need to take to enhance their career prospects;
  • An understanding of the skills they have and those that they would like to develop further;
  • An understanding of how to present themselves and be visible online;
  • An overview of a range of non-academic career options.

Delivered By: Dr Joanna Young Scientific Editing Company Ltd



Cancellation Policy

When applying for a course, you should note that there will be a £50* to your department if you cancel within 5** working days or you do not attend, and a £25 charge for cancellations/ non-attendance between 6 and 10 working days. There will be no charge for cancellation made 10 or more working days before the event. Notifications should be made to OSDU@strath.ac.uk

A department is welcome to send someone else in your place if they wish without incurring a charge, providing that person has the necessary pre-requisites for the course. In the case of courses split over more than one day, you must attend ALL parts of the course. If you fail to attend any part you will be charged as outlined above.

*This is the standard charge for cancellation or non-attendance of course of 1 days duration or less. For some courses there may be a higher cancellation charge and if this is the case you will be advised of this at the time of booking.

**Any bookings made within 10 days of the event will incur the charges as specified.