Want To Be A Business School Academic?

If you’re a management or business PhD, looking for an academic job in a Business School, you might be interested in Akadeus, an agency which focuses on advertising jobs in Business Schools across the world.

There are only a limited number of jobs on there, but they do include jobs in Europe, North and South America, the Middle and Far East. You can sign up for regular e-mail alerts, as well as registering online so you’re searchable by potential recruiters. Don’t know how successful people have been with this approach (see the recent post on uploading your CV online) but given the international nature of academic recruitment, at least it’s somewhere which focuses on one discipline, but not one location.

There are more general academic recruitment websites on An Academic Career, under “How to find job ads“, but I haven’t included discipline specific sources there. If you know of other sources of academic jobs which are specific to your discipline, let me know and I’ll start to build up a list to include in future.

Many thanks to Prof Julie Froud for sharing the Akadeus resource with me, when I talked to her PhDs yesterday in Manchester Business School.


Queen In Three …

Here’s a Jubilee networking challenge for you, inspired by my other half announcing this weekend that he was three connections away from all the world’s leaders.

I was sceptical until he pointed out that through his voluntary work, he knew the Lord-Lieutenants for two counties. They represent the Queen in their county … and she’s got everyone on speed-dial.

It brought it home to me that it’s really not that hard to find some sort of connection with whoever you want, and that links with the high and mighty may come through social contacts as much as through senior work contacts. Of course, whether those long-range connections could actually put you in contact with the people you’d like to meet is another matter. (I suspect HRM may not be passing on Mandela’s mobile number to me any time soon.)

Even so, it suddenly felt quite impressive to realise that the Queen was one of my third level contacts

  • Me → 1st level: other half → 2nd: Lord-Lieutenant → 3rd: Queen

This also means that if you know me, you’re at least within four contacts, maybe fewer if you have any closer connections.

So, to make this international, how many contacts would it take to get to your chosen Head of State?

Rules are that your contact has to know you by name and would be able to pick you out of a police line-up! Can anyone else beat “Queen in three”?

Pakistan Job Fair – Today (Wednesday 22 Feb)

This is a last minute call:

If you’re a Manchester student from any year from Pakistan, or a final year student from Sri Lanka, Bangladesh or China, looking to work in Pakistan, we’re holding our first

  • Pakistan Graduate Job Fair, today, Wednesday 22nd February, 1.30-4pm, Alan Turing Building.

There are 17 recruiters coming over from Pakistan, from big multinationals to major homegrown industries. Types of employment covered include:

  • Oil and gas exploration and production
  • Motor manufacture
  • Management consultancy & technology services
  • HR consultancy
  • Retailers in textiles and in a range of fast moving consumer goods
  • Law
  • Engineering
  • Property development
  • Banking
  • Chemical manufacture
  • Beauty products (Hint: Because you’re worth it…)

This is a rare opportunity to talk directly to international employers who want to target University of Manchester students – don’t miss it. More information on CareersLink

Want To Study In The USA?

If you’re thinking of further postgraduate study in the USA, the US-UK Fulbright Commission provides information and a number of scholarships to help you make it happen.

You need to plan well in advance if you want to study in the USA, so if you haven’t already started the process, you’re probably looking at starting a programme in 2013-4 rather than later this year.

  • US Grad School Day – this annual information day in London gives you an insight into US university postgraduate admissions process. This year it’s on 6th March (6-9pm), and registration is now open. If you can’t attend (it’s a bit outside the GMPTE bus routes…) you can register with them and looks like they’re investigating running a webinar, so you might still be able to get the information on offer at the Grad School Day.
  • UK Fulbright Awards – if you’re a UK citizen, Fulbright offer around 30 postgraduate scholarships a year. There have been changes to the process and timeline this year, so even if you’ve investigated these before, don’t rely on out of date information. Applications open on 1st August and close on 15th November, for 2013-14 entry.
  • Fulbright Awards for other countries – the Fulbright awards are administered on a country by country basis. You must apply through your home country process (assuming it exists, though the list does seem very extensive) and the awards and schemes vary widely between countries. The Fulbright international website gives links to each country programme for further details.

IBM India – Postgraduate Internships, Apply Today

Another last minute post – but in fairness, we only got this today!

If you’re interested in a paid summer internship with IBM Research Labs in India, you’ve got until the 31st January to apply (given the time difference, that means today).

Full details are on the IBM Research – India website or there’s a pdf with further info here.

If you want to take up one of the 10-12 week internships, which start from around mid-May, you’ll have to negotiate taking any time out with your supervisor or course tutors if you’re still a student.

Postgrad Study Fair Goes International

Our big Postgraduate Study Fair is running this week, on Wednesday 23rd November, for anyone considering doing (another) postgraduate degree.

This is your chance to talk to representatives from a wide range of institutions about the courses they offer, what it’s like studying at their universities and any funding opportunities. Naturally, they won’t have individual potential supervisors there for all the PhDs they offer, but they can give you a flavour of the support you’ll get if you opt for their institution. There is also a range of exhibitors offering general services for finding postgrad study or funding opportunities, including our sponsors, FindAPhD.com and FindAMasters.com

International Exhibitors
This year, I was really interested to spot that there is an even stronger international presence, so if you fancy studying in, say, Finland, or Switzerland, you only have to go as far as Manchester Central Exhibition Centre to talk to someone about it.

Countries represented this year, either by an individual institution, or an organisation dedicated to promoting study in a particular part of the world are:

  • Finland
  • Scotland
  • Wales
  • Australia
  • England
  • Italy
  • Austria
  • Germany
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
  • Sweden
  • USA

If you want to know any more about studying in the UK or overseas, have a look at who’s coming and come and see us – and give me a wave during my “Should I do a PhD?” talk or when I’m giving careers advice (open to all comers).

Academic Careers

I’ve just done a talk on academic careers, but unlike the other postgrad talks, I won’t be able to put it online. That’s because it included lots of video of academics talking about their work, and Slideshare can’t show video clips within talks.

However, don’t worry if you couldn’t make the talk, because our website, “An Academic Career“, includes all the videos and all the information I covered, and much more.

If you’re thinking about an academic career, I’d start at “Is an academic career for you?”, either for Masters, for PhDs or for post-docs (depending on where you are in your academic career).

It’s meant to be challenging and give you a realistic picture of academia, but rather than just put you off, it aims to encourage you to take actions which will make it more likely that you are the one who ends up as a Professor.

There’s lots of stuff about how you become an academic (it’s different depending on which discipline you’re in), what academics really do and the skills they need (it’s not just about research, though that’s fundamental to most academics), links to information about academic career paths in different countries, the challenges of life after a PhD (the dreaded “fixed-term contracts”), and how to assess your chances.

Beyond that, there’s also information on finding jobs (you’re most likely to hear about academic jobs through contacts, rather than relying on adverts), applying for jobs and interviews.

We’ve been really pleased at how well this website has been received. In particular, we’ve been shortlisted for

There’s very tough competition this year (we’re tipping our friends at the ASHPIT project at Nottingham as hot contenders to win) but keep your fingers crossed on Thursday 24th November.

Sometime after 10pm, you’ll either get a forlorn “Oh well, it’s the taking part which counts” tweet, or a rather more incoherent, but happy, stream of tweets…

Central Bank Careers Conference

This is only relevant to a very targeted group of our postgrads, but if you have either recently finished or are currently studying for

  • a PhD in Finance or Economics
  • or a Masters in either of those subjects and have 3 years relevant experience

and you’re interested in working for a central banking organisation, and you can get down to London for the evening of 17th November … this is for you!

LSE are running a Central Bank Careers Conference, and they’ve kindly allowed University of Manchester postgraduates to apply to attend. You have to send a copy of your CV (all attendees have to do this, even LSE postgrads), and if you’re selected, you have to pay a £10 admin fee.

You’re also on your own to find your way down there, and as it runs from 6-9pm, you’ll probably need somewhere to stay in London. (I know, ‘cos I’m going and I couldn’t get to hear the final talk – from the Bank of England – and still get the last train back “oop North”).

However, this is your chance to listen to talks from the exhibitors and network with them directly. The exhibitor list is currently:

  • The Bank of England
  • Bank of Italy
  • Central Bank of Ireland
  • Financial Services Authority
  • International Monetary Fund
  • Moody’s

It’s too late to have your CV included in a profile book which was sent to exhibitors (we e-mailed relevant schools directly, so hopefully some of you have already been included) but you will still need to send a CV to show that you have appropriate experience.

Further details about the event are on the LSE Careers website, with detailed information on how to apply as a University of Manchester postgrad here: CBCC: Details for UoM postgrads (.docx file)

Major Employability Event For Chinese Postgrads

Once every three years, the British Council, China comes to Manchester to run an employability event aimed at Chinese students, both undergraduates and postgraduates – and it’s happening this year.

They will be joined by a number of senior HR executives and employers from China. This will:

  • give you a real insight into the current job market in China
  • show you how Chinese students can get ahead of the competition by understanding the job market
  • offer you the chance to raise questions about job hunting and career development in China, and get answers from the experts.

Companies attending include Microsoft, 58.com, Nokia Siemens Network, Nestle, Deloitte, Hay Group.

Where is it?

  • Date: Sunday 23rd October
  • Time: 2-4.30pm
  • Venue: The University of Manchester, University Place

You must sign up on the British Council website to get a place on this event, and places are limited, so sign up straight away (remember, deadlines are dead)

UPDATE 3/9/11:
The site for signing up seems to be down at the moment. If you can’t access it, see Amanda’s comment below for an alternative way to sign up.

Bioscience In India

Any Indian bioscientists out there? Or want to investigate bioscience research opportunities, inside or outside academia, in India, whatever your nationality?

Then we’ve got an event in Manchester and a really useful website for you.

‘Avenues for pursuing research in India’
On 28th July, the Dr Swetha Suresh, Associate Director for Indiabioscience, will be coming to the University to talk about opportunities in the Bioscience field in India. This event is for both Indian and non-Indian nationals and is targeted at anyone thinking of a research career in the Biosciences in India.

When: Thursday 28 July, 12:00 – 13:00 (then lunch provided)

Where: Alan Turing Building room G107

Topics covered will include:

  1. Opportunities for researchers in India – Fellowships, New Institutes and Funding.
  2. Young Investigator Meetings and mentoring for researchers interested in establishing a career in India.
  3. Online resources for Indian biologists (junior and senior, working in India or abroad) to unite as a community- to find and exchange information, to make new contacts, find collaborators and to share perspectives.

To book your place at this event, email Kelly.hoyle@manchester.ac.uk with your name, institution and current position.

I was really impressed by the IndiaBioscience website. It looks useful for anyone interested in:

  • what’s happening in bioscience in India
  • jobs – academic, post-doc and industrial
  • grants for working as a researcher in India and for Indian nationals to carry out research elsewhere in the world
  • a list of research institutes by region
  • blogs and opinion pieces (I enjoyed reading Dr Shubha Tole’s account of being “Scientist and Mommy” – what a superwoman!)

and a host of other useful information. Looks invaluable if you have any interest in bioscience research, in India or as an Indian national.