Career development and progression
Video clip: Jennifer attended University courses such as CV writing, and a workshop on interview skills. A seminar on alternative careers was particularly useful.
Yes, as I say, because I was going, doing the short term fixed term contracts all the time, every time a contract would come up for renewal I would go to the careers service or I’d go to Learning Institute and look for courses that I thought might be useful. So some of them were like CV writing, interview workshops, those types of things. I think the things I found most useful were the alternative career seminars. So the careers service have done a few and then some departments have done a few, where they’ve invited former postdoctoral researchers who worked there to come back to the University. So they would have worked as a postdoc and then moved off to an alternative career…..
And so they’ve invited them back to talk about their career and how they made that transition. So they were really useful because it was a range of jobs so it does make you think, ‘Oh, actually I could do that job. They’ve done that job. I could do that job.’ So they were the most useful and also just the way that they talked about kind of how they sold their research skills. So I think one example someone had was that publishing a paper shows that you can meet a deadline and complete a project, which in my mind, I’d never have put those together. But you think, okay, I’ve done that, I’ve published a paper, so then when you’re writing your CV and you’re applying for jobs, you can use that as evidence, and so changing my CV to use those sorts of language, I did see a big change in the number of interviews I was getting.