SIS2 - Take charge of your career - Minimizing the expectations gap between employers and employees

Day Day 1
Code SIS2
Start time 17:45

Developing doctoral researchers
Developing research staff
Developing supervisors and principal investigators
In a policy/strategic/leadership role


Mostafa Moonir Shawrav, Vice-Chair, Marie Curie Alumni Association (MCAA)

Dr Bala Attil, Researcher, University of Cambridge

Session outline: 

Nowadays, researchers have diverse career opportunities outside academia. However, researchers are not fully aware of those opportunities where they can apply their skills and expertise. In addition, career switch for academia is not a straightforward process.

On the other hand, according to “State of the Global Workplace” report published by Gallup in 2017, 85% of employees are not engaged or are actively disengaged at work.  So, there is a clear gap in expectations between the employer and the employee.

The Marie Curie Alumni Association, together with HR-tech start-up KAZI are currently working to identify the expectations gap between researchers and employers.

This workshop will share the key takes from the joint MCAA-KAZI project and how to minimize the expectations gap. It will discuss assessment methods which are beneficial to evaluate the transferable skills. These insights will help researchers as well as academic and industrial human resources to update their hiring policy.

Themes covered:

  • Trends in the wider research, employment, and policy environments and how these might affect researcher development strategy
  • Strategic opportunities and challenges for organisations in creating and sustaining environments where researchers can flourish