On the Job: Securing a First Academic Post
In a highly competitive world, securing any academic post is difficult. Getting a foot on the ladder and securing a first academic post in this context can seem especially daunting. Excellent subject knowledge, research and teaching skills are a good place to start, but a lack of know-how and experience in the application process often leads to ‘all being lost’ in the paperwork. Followed carefully, the advice given in this session will stop that happening. Delivered by an academic of 20 years standing - eight of which were spent (very successfully) advising PGT/R relative to academic job applications - the session will focus on a number of relevant issues, including the need to establish an academic identity, how to recognise a ‘gettable’ post, and particularly the generation of effective and job-tailored application paperwork (including CV’s, personal statements, and covering letters). The structure and nature of academic interviews will also be discussed. Will attending this session secure you a first academic post? No. But it should improve your chances of being interviewed, and that’s a very big step in the right direction.
Bookings for these online courses are via: https://bookwhen.com/ueaonlinetraining
The demand for these courses is high and you are advised to book your place as soon as the booking system goes live.
Information on the booking dates will be circulated by email.
Dr Simon Watts is a Postgraduate Research Training Coordinator for the Faculty of Social Sciences in University of East Anglia. He teaches the majority of the sessions on the UEA Online Training Series which are open to Ulster PhD Researchers as part of the overall Researcher Development Programme. The Online Training Series offers research and professional training skills training for PhD Researchers in a ‘live-taught’ online format. Training session are delivered via a virtual classroom on Tuesday evenings between 7pm-9pm.
The Vitae Researcher Development Framework
This session maps on to Domain B of the Vitae Framework: Personal effectiveness which includes the sub-domain areas of:
- B1: Personal qualities
- B2: Self-management
- B3: Professional and Career Development