Campus workshops

It can be tricky to translate your academic skills and experience for the job market outside academia. That’s why I’ve developed a one-hour training workshop called ‘How to market yourself for careers outside academia’. The workshop helps Masters students and PhDs to identify their transferable skills and understand how to package themselves to secure a great job.

If you’d like me to run this workshop for your organisation, please get in touch via the contact form at the bottom of this page. I can deliver the workshop in person or through a teleconference or Skype call. For a flavour of the topics I’ll cover, you’re welcome to download a sample presentation, which I can customise to suit your audience.

Chris on tour in 2017

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.

Chris on tour in 2016

11 October – Careers webinar on ‘How to market yourself for careers outside academia’, for Brandeis University.

14 May – Speaker on ‘How to Translate Your Skills into Language Employers Understand’ on the Professional Development Day of the 3rd annual Beyond the Professoriate online conference.

17-18 March – Guest speaker at a postgraduate event organised by The James Hutton Institute.


Here’s what others are saying about Chris’ workshops:

Attending Chris’ talk was the first time I’d considered life outside of academia. By looking at a PhD from an industry point of view – rather than the usual academic angle of what it contributes to the field and what teaching it could lead to – I gained an invaluable lesson in marketing myself for a non-academic career. Being able to identify the skills that I’ve gained throughout my candidature – a critical mind, project management, writing, and research, for example – was a crucial first step in understanding how a PhD can be presented and tailored to a particular audience. This was a very useful training session that I would definitely recommend.

Sebastian Buckle
Post-Graduate Research Student
University of Southampton

Chris’ talk supports the work of our central services and forms part of a series of workshops operating throughout the year to help postgraduate students understand the transferable skills developed as part of their research programme. Chris is an engaging presenter and we have only received positive feedback from attendees. His talk focuses on careers outside academia and he has inspired many participants with the motivation and confidence to explore this employment option as a valid career move. We look forward to welcoming Chris back to campus in the near future.

Richard Carruthers
Specialist Practitioner
Student Services
University of Southampton

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