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 Transition Workshops
Exploring My Post PhD Career Options
This 3-hour workshop creates an interruption within the intensity of your doctorate to explore current career options using a peer coaching approach and tools. Taking a moment to think creatively about the possible opportunities both academic and non during and following your doctorate enables you to take control of your career and can reduce procrastination, anxiety and wasted time pursuing less attractive avenues.
Understanding Post PhD Career Trends
Making career related decisions following the doctorate can feel overwhelming, like working in the dark. This 3-hour workshop presents a selection of data and case studies intended to stimulate ideas and creative thinking in relation to what career avenues you might thoughtfully explore. There will be an opportunity to reflect upon these in relation to your own career ideas using a peer coaching approach.
Planning My Post PhD Career
This 3-hour workshop is for people who have less than 2 career areas they are interested in pursuing and would like to develop a strategic plan to increase their employability. A career planning tool, adapted specifically is used within a peer coaching approach to clarify focus, understand strategies for progression and set SMART objectives.
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 your transferable skills and how you might best pitch yourself as an employee upon graduation. This framing of your doctorate can be valuable in improving your 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
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.
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.
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
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 !
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.
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.
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If you are interested in running a workshop or presentation within your University, please get in touch. If I do not have what you are looking for, I am happy to create something for you.