It can be tricky to translate your academic skills and experience for the job market outside academia. Why not invite me to your campus, to give a talk or run a workshop? Hearing from someone who’s made the journey themselves will help Masters students and PhDs to identify their transferable skills, and understand how to package themselves to secure a great job.
You can get in touch with me via the contact form at the bottom of this page. I can deliver a talk in person or through a teleconference or Skype call. For a flavour of the topics in one of my talks, you’re welcome to download a sample presentation.
Chris on tour in 2019
20 February – University of Manchester: keynote at the ‘Careers after a PhD’ training event.
5 March – University of Bristol: session on ‘Accessing career opportunities outside of academia’, for the Faculty of Arts.
30 March – Oxford Brookes University: session on ‘Accessing career opportunities outside of academia’, as part of the Research Student Training Day 2019.
25 July – ‘Keep Control’ Project Summer School, session on ‘Accessing career opportunities outside of academia’, Athens, Greece.
Chris on tour in 2018
16 January – Brunel University London: session on ‘Tools and opportunities for alternative careers’, as part of the Advanced Researcher Development series.
12 November – South West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership: Keynote session at Autumn Cohort Day, St David’s Hall, Cardiff.
Chris on tour in 2017
9 December – University of Winchester: Keynote session on ‘Accessing career opportunities outside of academia’, PGR Winter Symposium.
6 November – South West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership: Morning session on ‘Accessing careers outside of academia’, at the Autumn Cohort Day 2017, MShed, Bristol.
13 September – University of Birmingham: half-day on ‘Accessing careers outside of academia for humanities and social science PhDs’. See the Testimonials section below for the feedback I received on this session.
16 March – University of Newcastle: interactive session on ‘Promoting your skills as a Researcher’ at the Researching our Futures Conference.
8 February – Brunel University London: half-day workshop on career opportunities for researchers outside of academia.
3 February – Irish Association of Professional Historians, Dublin: half-day workshop on career opportunities outside academia, including CV clinic.
Here’s what careers practitioners and researchers are saying about my workshops:
Chris delivered a great session for us at Birmingham looking at accessing careers outside of academia for Humanities and Social Science PhDs. As well as being a knowledgeable and approachable trainer, he was also great to deal with and an exemplary professional.
PhDs most enjoy career development training when they feel it is tailored ‘especially for them,’ and the relevance and interactivity of Chris’s session saw those in attendance get really stuck in and involved with activities and feedback. The session received 100% satisfaction from those who attended.
One student commented: “I can’t think of anything to add or change about the event – it was very informative and has made me feel confident about job searching outside of academia. Thank you to all involved!”
Whilst another said: “I now feel it’s less difficult to look for a job outside the uni. I’m going to use the ‘job skill set matrix’ to articulate myself on my CV. Thank you very much!”
Dr Holly Prescott
PGR Careers Adviser
University of Birmingham
If you’d like me to run a careers workshop for your organisation, please use this contact form to get in touch: