Key skills for senior postgraduates entering the job market
- University of Sheffield
- Yorkshire and North East
- Date first submitted:
- 24 Nov 2009
- Date last modified:
- 24 Nov 2009
- Personal effectiveness
- Academic practice
- Career development
- Postgraduate researchers
Rationale, aims and outcomes
What is the rationale for doing this?
How does it fit with institutional strategy?
What are the main features of the provision?
What are the aims and expected outcomes?
The University of Sheffield is committed to supporting research students in pursuing their future career path and this activity built on general support available by providing research students in Philosophy with the opportunity to develop the skills needed to succeed in the academic job market.
To enable research students to develop their presentation skills and their effectiveness in writing academic papers.
Participants can now demonstrate greater skills and confidence in oral presentations and in writing papers for publication, with the benefit that they are now better equipped to pursue a career in academia and other areas.
Are there any pre-requisites for engagement, e.g. levels of skill, years of experience, essential pre-activities?
How many participate in each 'activity'?
The activities were run as a two one-day events for research students. There were 25 participants.
Evaluation: benefits, challenges and next steps
How do you monitor effectiveness?
Who do you seek feedback from?
Do you have benchmarks?
The benefits are that research students are now better prepared for potential academic careers in the field of Philosophy. Through the practical advice and support offered in the workshops, participants were able to focus on developing their skills and significantly improved their effectiveness in these areas. Participants valued having the opportunity to explore these skills areas in a workshop-style environment where they could learn from experienced academics and from their peers.