I’ve hinted at this before, but we’re now well into planning our annual careers event for Manchester University PhDs, now renamed “Pathways”, expanded to include our research staff and running over 2 days.
[UPDATE 14/4/08: And it’s now got it’s own page, here ]
On Friday 13th June (I know, I know…) we’ll be running Q&A panels and informal “Career Conversations” with as many people as we can find who got their PhD or were university research staff within the last 5-10 years or so. We had over 80 people talking about their careers last year, and we’re hoping to exceed that this year.
On Monday 16th June (assuming no disasters on Friday), we’re hoping to run a series of one-off workshops to help answer the question – “So, now I’ve heard about my ideal career, how do I make it happen?”
Where do you come in now?
- If there’s a career you’d like to know about, let us know asap. We can’t guarantee to be able to find someone with a PhD to turn up and talk about it, but we’ll have a go.
- If you have any friends who fall into the category of “up to 10 years since I did my PhD or left university research”, please point them in our direction. You might know all about them, but there are lots of other Manchester PhDs and research staff who don’t, so we’d love to hear from them, as the main way we find participants is through personal contact. Law, government roles and NGOs are often difficult areas for us to source, so any contacts from these areas are particularly gratefully received (and they don’t need to be Manchester alumni – we’ll take anyone who’s willing!)UPDATE, 8/04 : See comments on this post for suggestions already made, and add your own requests/contacts if there’s something you’re burning to find out about.
- Put the dates in your diary now, and start working on your supervisor/PI to let you attend.
If you want to put in a plea for your ideal career to be covered, leave a comment here. If you can offer a contact, just leave a comment on this post. If you mark a comment “Not for Posting”, I’ll still get to see it but I’ll make sure the details don’t get published on the blog (I can contact you directly if we need to correspond). Otherwise, I’ll publish your suggestions and comments so everyone can benefit from them.