University of Leeds

Organisational Development and Professional Learning

Jobs & Career Management

Researchers can book individual discussions about  career planning and applications; please call into the Careers Centre Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm or telephone the Careers Centre reception on 0113 3435295. You may also want to keep an eye on the  events at the Careers Centre such as ‘3 Ways Social Media Can Help Your Career’; Creative Careers for Creative People; Interview Skills for Social Scientists; Networking and Creative Job Search; Careers in Education; Mock Interviews, Assessments etc.

Career Planning – Knowing Yourself

Individually, and through small group discussion, this session will give you the opportunity to:

• assess where you are now in career terms
• reflect on what is important to you
• identify what you have to offer and how to articulate this
• begin to think about the benefits and/or challenges for you of different career pathways and work environments

This session is designed to help you begin to ask yourself questions focussed on self awareness and opportunity awareness.
It is a helpful precursor to either the rest of the programme or to an individual careers appointment.

Myers Briggs Personality Type Indicator
The Myers Briggs Type Indicator is a personality indicator designed to help people gain a better understanding of themselves and others in order to work more productively and improve personal and professional relationships. This session will provide you with the opportunity to explore your own type and start to reflect on the possible applications of this knowledge. It can help you understand how you and others communicate, what you can contribute to a team and will give you an insight into the way you plan and progress your career.

The session will be a mix of presentation with group discussion. This is not an aptitude test.

Skill Recognition /Articulation and Finding Jobs outside Academic Research
After your PhD you may be interested in the possibility of finding a job outside of academic research. In order to be successful in this you need to be aware of and be able to articulate your transferable skills. You may also wonder where to start looking for job opportunities.

Come to this seminar and find out what skills you have, how to talk about them to potential employers and how to start your jobsearch.

Networking and Creative Job Search
Using your networking, including social media can enhance your search planning and job opportunities. This session will help you identify how to network effectively, who to network with and how to use social media effectively in your career planning. This session will compliment the previous session ‘skill recognition/articulation and finding jobs outside academic research.’

CVs and Applications
This seminar is for researchers who need to develop or update a CV, and for those who may need to complete employer application forms to secure employment beyond their PhD.

The aim of the seminar is to consider what employers are looking for and how researchers can target their information to meet the demands of specific vacancies.

Interview Skills
This seminar is for researchers who want help with interview techniques. It is suitable for those who have never been interviewed before as well those who want some ‘refresher’ training.

The aim of the seminar is to give researchers more confidence when approaching interviews for employment. The topics covered will be: the purpose of an interview; the structure of an interview; tackling difficult questions, and controlling nerves.

Recognising and Developing Leadership Skills
From doing a PhD and occasionally doing demonstrating with undergraduates to obtaining a Post Doc and working with PhD students, you will have to develop leadership skills in order to be effective in academic life.

What this activity seeks to achieve is:
• to enable participants to identify some of the key skills needed to be a leader both in academia and outside
• to develop a plan to help participants build on these skills to take them forward in their chosen career path

This session is based around case studies.

If you have any queries please contact Nadine Bates at the Careers

 Further information for researchers is available on 

Other jobs and career resources for PhD students and academics include, and
Also check Hangouts on Google+, Vitae and For instance, see the online discussion How to secure a job after your PhDIt includes tips for Arts & Humanities PhD students.

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