Content and Structure of Workshops
Transitioning out of a PhD can be a challenging, lengthy and costly process. I offer a portfolio of workshops and coaching to support the employability of Postgraduate and Early Career Researchers. These workshops vary in length and focus but all are theoretically informed and are structured using least one of three parts.
PhD Transition Workshops
I’ve Got a PhD, What Now?
This 1 or 2 day workshop has undergone a one year pilot across 5 Universities and will be evaluated at Vitae’s Researcher Developer International Conference, 2019. It incorporates activities where participants creatively Explore options, Understand trends and Plan career strategies moving forward. Coaching models combined with social theories of learning enable an interruption, an opportunity to reflect, away from the intensity of the Doctorate, in order to gain clarity regarding post PhD options. The intention here is equip graduates with the necessary knowledge to utilise their Doctorate within or outside academia. Workshops can be interdisciplinary or subject specific. Outcomes:
- Develop clarity regarding career options and influencing factors
- Understand PhD transition trends, common experiences and challenges
- Understand career-planning strategies and create a career plan
- Build relationships of support and accountability
Elements of ‘I’ve got a PhD, what now!’ are also offered separately, these can be run as stand alone 3-hour workshops, or as part of series of 3:
Mini PhD / ECR Transition Workshops
Mapping and prioritising workloads
Early and Middle career researchers can feel overwhelmed by the diversity of projects and the responsibilities of the day to day. Strategic clarity and goal setting can be powerful in enabling meaningful outputs. This set of 3, 3-hour workshops and accompanying coaching packages are set within the context of the current Concordat and HR Excellence in Research Framework. This intervention creates an interruption, an opportunity to consider what is most important, what is drawing time and where the opportunities lie. It utilises a number of activities alongside peer and one to one executive coaching to formulate a plan and navigate the practicality of its implementation.
Exploring My Post PhD Career Options
This 3-hour workshop creates an interruption within the intensity of the doctorate to explore current career options using a peer coaching approach and tools. Talking a moment to think creatively about the possibilities both academic and non during and following the doctorate enables PhDs and ECR to take control of their career, reducing procrastination, anxiety and wasted time pursuing less attractive avenues.
Understanding Post PhD Career Trends
Making career related decisions following the doctorate can feel overwhelming. This 3-hour workshop presents a selection of data and case studies intended to stimulate ideas and creative thinking in relation to post PhD career options for participants to thoughtfully explore. There will be an opportunity to reflect upon these in relation current thinking using a peer coaching approach.
Planning My Post PhD Career
It is best participants will have attended the explore and understand workshops before attending this. This 3-hour workshop is for people who have an area of work or sector they are interested in working within and would like to develop a strategic plan to increase their employability and opportunities for promotion. A career planning tool, adapted specifically for PhD graduates is used within a peer coaching approach to clarify focus, understand strategies for progression and set SMART objectives. This workshop is relevant for early and middle career researchers wanting to progress an academic career as well as those transferring to other sectors.
What Do Non-academic Employers Think of Doctoral Holders?
This 2-hour workshop explores the perceptions held of PhD graduates outside the academy, it considers the value of transferable skills acquired during the doctorate and how PhDs might best pitch themselves as employees upon graduation. This framing of the doctorate can be valuable in improving employability.
PhD to Lecturer Workshops
I Want To Be a Lecturer, But I Can’t Mark!
This 2-hour workshop offers an overview of the different elements of the marking process within higher education. It is an interactive workshop that provides both information and the opportunity for practical application so that you may feel confident in marking accurately and efficiently. Covering:
- The process of marking, what happens and who is involved
- Blooms Taxonomy and its application to the marking matrix
- The marking matrix and grade allocation
- Plagiarism and turn it in
- Formative and summative feedback
- Evaluation of marking process
I Want To Be a Lecturer, But I Can’t Present !
This workshop is a collaboration with Cristina Fuentes, an experienced actor, meditation teacher and communication consultant from Chile; Bio available on request.
This 3-hour workshop uses techniques from mindfulness and acting to enable confidence in your own authentic presence as a lecturer within higher education. In this course you will learn techniques to help control your nerves as well as basic delivery skills to improve your teaching performance. This workshop will cover:
- Mindfulness techniques to conquer your nerves
- Stage fright symptoms and mechanisms
- Building confidence in your presentation skills
- Delivery skills, i.e. use of pace, pause and rate.
- Tips to engage your audience
I Want To Be a Lecturer, But I Can’t Design Content !
You should have a topic area for which you would like to design content. This 1-day workshop will support you in designing and delivering University level content to an audience. You will learn how students are assessed and how assessment links to Learning Objectives and content creation. After lunch you will have the opportunity to present your draft content in the form of a 10-minute piece of facilitated teaching. This workshop will cover:
- Blooms Taxonomy and its application to learning objectives
- The marking matrix and assessing learning objectives
- Content creation based on learning objectives
- The presentation of a micro-teach to peers
- Presentation feedback
Feedback From Workshops
Feedback from workshops has been excellent (see testimonials below), participants discuss moments of clarity, support and motivation for their future carer and the submission of their Doctorate. Many choose to continue conversations following course completion. Such networks can reduce isolation, provide spaces for conversations regarding career development, enable accountability and support professional development (HEFC Report).
Outcomes are inline with the HEFCE Catalyst Fund and The Concordat principles 3, 4 and 5, thus supporting the HE Excellence Award and the QAA Quality Code for HE.
Testimonials from workshops
Throughout the workshop, you are thinking where is the moment where this question will be answered, step by step, I read through everything we did yesterday, and I came in this morning and begin to see things coming together. That question was really answered, so now this is where I belong, this is where I am going. Whereas before, coming here I was lost, what next? We just coming here for two days, now I am far away from there. It has been really helpful, really really worth coming for. Thank you !
I hope the Graduate Centre will continue to offer this course in the future. I’ll recommend it to any PhD student whom would benefit from it
I’ve worked with Dani on several projects requiring a combination of research and interpersonal/engagement skills, all of which Dani has in abundance. With each project, Dani has joined the team, deeply listened to the ambition and translated this quickly into workable proposition. Dani’s skills in facilitating and coaching are noticeable in all of her interactions. Dani is committed, enthusiastic and has completed each job on time and to budget. Our team really enjoy working with her and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her to others.
Danielle created an environment where I could really be myself, I was open about my anxieties and insecurities. This combined with her ability to cut through the confusion in my mind enabled powerful conversations and progress. I am amazed at what I have been able to achieve professionally (and personally) through in a very short time through our coaching! Thank you 🙂
Danielle has excellent research skills, she is an extremely good communicator, teacher, mentor and developed this community research project with skill, proficiency and sensitivity. I would recommend her for further research projects, she fulfilled a very difficult remit with energy, empathy and her knowledge of community consultation and expertise is outstanding.
Dani has been a true critical friend in enabling our work to have insight and develop improvements. This has been particularly true with regard to our work with women where Dani was able to see opportunities and pathways that have now encouraged new ways of working
Dani is one of the most approachable, likeable and easygoing professionals I’ve worked with. I had the privilege of working with her to design, develop and deliver a personal development coaching program. Not only is she a joy to work alongside, but her professionalism and expertise is difficult to rival. She has a thoughtful and considered approach to career development and deeply cares about those she coaches. If you get the opportunity to work with her, do. You won’t regret it.
It can affect the corrections you are making […] this doesn’t only help with your career progress, it helps me to know, okay this is who I am now, and to communicate this clearly in everything that I do including my thesis.
I’ve so appreciated my coaching sessions with Dani over the last 4 months. I am a career switcher setting up as a charity consultant for the first time. Dani has helped me settle into this new world, reflect on prioritising what I will do and particularly why I will do it. I had the unexpected challenge of more work and opportunities than I could cope with. Dani was an essential sounding board to check back opportunity to motivation and keep focused on what really mattered to me. Four months on I feel confident and established and its been amazing to reflect on the distance travelled in that time. Thank you Dani.
It was really enlightening, the whole process from yesterday to today. I have learnt a lot about my abilities, my values and how I can apply that to my career.
We could be relaxed and talk about all these things without fear and anxiety that comes when you are all on your own, it is a good way of connecting with other people who have similar experiences. That anxiety is removed when you are placed in an environment where you share with people who have a common experience. I mean before you come on this course you definitively have some issues like, how to articulate, how… where do I go from here, I have a PhD now what do I do. It is not just all too official; it has been both enlightening but also entertaining at the same time.
Danielle is the most dedicated and focused professional I have met in all the years I have spent working in Education
Danielle has a natural talent for coaching people in developing their ideas and to inspire confidence in them. The coaching was down-to-earth and realistic. These sessions have helped me go into the fieldwork phase of my PhD with confidence and assurance. I would recommend Danielle to anybody who is struggling with the demands of postgraduate work. Thank-you Dr White!
I started my coaching with Danielle with a general sense of uncertainty regarding job and career prospects, unsure whether or not I wanted to stay in academia, and if not, unsure of what to pursue instead! Coaching offered me an invaluable space in which to reflect on and reappraise my own values and priorities. It allowed me to discuss my hopes and concerns for the future with someone impartial and non-judgemental, giving me the confidence to trust my own instincts and resist external pressures and expectations that didn't chime with my interests and desires. This was my first experience of coaching and it surpassed all of my expectations by a long way !
I worked with Dani over the past four months from project conception till the live launch and delivery period. I found her to be professional, warm, supportive, and pro-active in every way you’d expect a coach to be. During our time together, she came up with great concepts and ideas which she brought to life in a remarkable and engaging way! I would highly recommend Dani for coaching, programme design and execution.
I have worked with Dani at several points in the last year. Danielle married warmth and professionalism perfectly to create a welcome, authentic and safe space to work in. She has greatly supported me in developing more focus, clarity and confidence around the companies direction and growth. There were plenty of those life changing ‘aha’ moments too. Everyone would benefit from working with Danielle, whatever the issue and whether for business or personal transformation.
Dani’s theory based approach is a powerful tool enabling deep reflection with a practical application. The feedback from the course shows that participants found it ‘valuable’ and ‘incredibly useful’. We certainly aim to run the course again in the future.
[This workshop] starts that process of thinking what this means, to take a breath, to think… where am I, where have I been, and where would I like to go. Cutting the distraction out, asking these questions of each other, […] getting rid of all the bits and focusing on the important things.
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