The courses will take place at Foresight Centre at the University of Liverpool, Thornton Room.
Course 1: Developing a Careers Strategy
3rd March 2016, day 1
Delivered over the course of a full day this course builds on and is informed by BES very successful careers events. This course covers a variety of career op on available after a Ph.D. and introduces students the diversity of employment opportunity they might consider. It will focus on identifying the skills and additional experiences that employers increasingly seek from positions they offer at this level, including digital media, communications, project and event planning, teamwork etc. Participants will have the opportunity to work on CVs and develop strategies that identify and address critical areas for professional development.
By the end of the course, students will have gained some insight into the breadth of career opons available to them and have developed an action plan for their transion into employment.
10:15 – 10.30 Welcome presentation
10.30-10.45 Student Activity 1: (Icebreaker) My perfect career path
10.45-11.30 Careers from a Ph.D., including case studies
11.30-12.15 Careers from a Ph.D., including case studies
12.15-12.30 Student Activity 2: My interests, My skills
12:30 – 13.15 Lunch (will be provided)
13.15-13.45 Managing a modern ecological career: Or why a Ph.D. isn’t enough.
13.45-14.30 Identifying and up-skilling, including case studies
14.30-15.15 Student Activity 3: Developing an action plan
15.15-15.45 CV’s, cover letters and interview techniques:
15.45-16.00 Final questions and evaluation
Course 2: Policy and knowledge exchange
4th March 2016, day 2
Regardless of career choices, many researchers find themselves involved in roles where knowledge exchange is a priority. Stakeholder awareness and communication skills lie at the heart of most training offered in knowledge exchange. This course will consider how researchers engage with the science/policy interface, public engagement, community groups with vested interests and more.
We will focus on a series of scenarios and the communication skills that might be employed in communicating science to different audiences.
By the end of this course, students will have developed a series of communication strategies that allow them to communicate their science to a range of audiences and have considered the careers that depend heavily on these skills.
10:00 – 10.20 Effective communication, misconceptions and preconceptions – Discussion
10.20-10.50 Dr Sarah Blackford: Press and publishing, how to plan for it.
10.50-11.30 The social media test: Building a strong science platform to communicate your research.
11.45-12.45 Jonny Wentworth (via Skype) Scientific Advisor at POST: Policy and careers in policy.
12:45 – 13.30 Lunch
13.30-14.45 Public Engagement with research: communicating your science to non-scientists.
14.45-15.15 Scientific conferences: the best and the not so best ideas ever seen
15.15-16.00 Developing a KE strategy for research
16.00- 16.10 Final questions and evaluation