Researcher Development

Careers and employability

For academic career paths The League of European Research Universities (LERU) has created academic career maps to indicate how researchers can progress from doctoral studies to professorships. The maps show the different research positions available, the levels of responsibility, how they are funded at each stage and how a researcher may progress from one level to the next. Information on national role profiles can be found on the Human Resources website. This part of the researcher development website will help you explore a range of career pathways with information on transferable skills, job opportunities, developing your CV, applications and interviews. The Researcher Development Framework will help you to consider what skills and experiences will enhance your career prospects and how to articulate your capabilities to employers - often researchers underestimate the versatility of their skills.

Progression at Kent

The HR website has information on University of Kent promotion, regrading and salary reviews and on the application process including an overview.  The November 2014 series of promotions process briefings will be repeated for 2015 – 2016. The Early Career Researcher Network is planning a briefing on `Getting Recognition: Promotion & Pay at Kent’ - information about this will be available from Research Services and on the news page of this website.  Simon Black (HR) and Anna Corrias (SPS) deliver a workshop on `Planning your academic career’ - please contact us if you would like more information about this workshop.

Through Athena SWAN you can access the `Perspectives on Promotion’ workshop and other information about the career progression of women in STEMM in higher education and research.

As we develop this resource, we will be adding details of School-based careers support  – to share ideas and approaches across the University. If you have an example of School-based support for career progression at Kent that can be included here please contact us.

 

Careers Service

The University of Kent Careers and Employability Service provides information, advice and guidance for researchers, including a downloadable booklet `Career planning guide for postgraduates and contract researchers – academic careers and beyond’.

Bruce Woodcock is the careers adviser for research staff.  Bruce delivers the ‘Alternative career pathways’ workshop and is the contact point for 1:1 careers support to researchers.  This can include individual advice and practice job interviews for which appointments can be booked (with greater availability after April). Begin your career planning early and don't wait until the last few weeks of your contract before taking action.  Please contact us if you would like more information about the workshop.

Our Eastern ARC partners the University of East Anglia `Career Central’  resource includes links to vacancy sources and recruitment agencies relevant to researchers.

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Career briefings

As we develop this resource, we will be adding details of School-based careers support  – to share ideas and approaches across the University. If you have an example of School-based career briefings at Kent that can be included here please contact us.

Examples provided so far include:

  • Annual grant writing workshop (School of Computing)
  • CV writing workshops (School of Anthropology and Conservation; School of Mathematics, Statistics & Actuarial Science)
  • Fellowship mock interviews (School of Mathematics, Statistics & Actuarial Science)
  • Fund for research training, conference travel, consortium building, and research materials (School of Biosciences; School of Computing)
  • Peer support (School of Arts)
  • Post-doc / ECR representative (School of Biosciences)
  • School mentoring programme (School of Biosciences; School of Computing; School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research)
  • School Horizon 2020 workshops (School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research)

Please contact us for more information about any of these.

The Vitae downloadable career briefing booklet `The career-wise researcher’ offers practical tips to help you build your career – either inside or outside academia.  The booklet includes tools to help you undertand yourself and your capabilities; increase your awareness of job opportunties and what employers want; setting yourself career development goals and taking a pro-active approach to your career.

Shinton Consulting provides careers advice and professional development training for academics with a particular focus on researchers. Their website includes a wide range of resources, advice and case studies and a link to Kent’s own Research Services blog. If you would like to find out about support from Shinton Consulting, or other specialist careers advisers for researchers, please contact us.

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On-line

This blog provides a helpful overview of PhD Training, Academia & Alternative Careers. Research is Cool is a research jobs & academic social networking for researchers at all career stages.  Piirus is another resource that can help you connect with the wider research community.

You can download a `Career Development Toolkit for Researchers’ and other resources from Jobs.ac.uk. You can also find specific resources on:

If you have ever wondered what research staff do when they move out of academia – have a look at this project from Vitae. There is a Linked-in group for PhD Careers outside Academia which has nearly 60,000 members.

If you have used a resource that you think should be included here please contact us.

Skills

The Researcher Development Framework and the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers highlight the need for researchers to be adaptable and flexible in an increasingly diverse, mobile, global work environment. The Employability lens on the Vitae Researcher Development Framework highlights the transferable skills typically developed by researchers that are most frequently desired by employers.  You may find this helpful for identifying what transferable skills training you need.

Learning & Development provide a range of programmes addressing transferable skills.Transferable skills are also addressed in the University Developing Management Skills (DMS) course.  DMS supports the development of critical management skills for staff at grades 6 to 7 who supervise or manage teams or aspire to move into a management role.  Management skills are transferable to other roles within and beyond the University environment. For information on the schedule of these events please see the Learning and Development Calendar.

From the Sage `Success in Research’ series: `Developing Transferable Skills - Enhancing Your Research and Employment Potential’ is available from Learning & Development.  Please contact us if you would like to borrow it.

Kent Innovation & Enterprise works at the interface between industry and academia.  KIE Enterprise and Impact Training will help you develop the knowledge, confidence and practical tools necessary to engage successfully in enterprise activities.

End of contract support

Forward planning is essential.  Please have an early discussion with your research manager about support that might be available in your School for a `bridging contract’.

Begin your career planning early and don't wait until the last few weeks of your contract before taking action. The University of Kent Careers and Employability Service provides information, advice and guidance for researchers. Bruce Woodcock is the careers adviser for research staff.  Bruce delivers the ‘Alternative career pathways’ workshop and is the contact point for 1:1 careers support to researchers.

As we develop this resource, we will be adding details of School-based careers support  – to share ideas and approaches across the University. If you have an example of School-based end of contract support that can be included here please contact us.

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Last Updated: 13/10/2015