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What's Next After Your PhD? Careers, skills, and looking to the future

On Tuesday 20th June 2017 The Midlands Graduate School will present a lively day of discussion on the keys to career thinking, both academic and non-academic.

This workshop, aimed primarily at final and penultimate year PhD students will feature short and snappy presentations on academic and non-academic career opportunities as well as sessions on networking and job application skills. Presenters will included professors, students and figures from government and industry.

Practical aspects

To book your place at this exciting event please use the booking form. Due to the interactive nature of this event places are limited so please book your place early.

Refreshments and a buffet lunch will be provided.

A small number of travel bursaries of up to £50 are available for non-Warwick students. Those wishing to express an interest in a bursary should indicate such on the booking form.

Programme and presentations (via links)

10:00-10:15 Introduction

Professor Nick Gane – Director, ESRC Doctoral Training Centre

10:15-12:15 Session 1 - Opportunities


Academic careers today - Dr Felicity Boardman (Warwick Medical School)
Getting published - Professor Chris Warhurst (Director, Warwick Institute of Employment Research)


Research across Government - Dr Emma Gordon (GESR team, HM Treasury)
Careers in research - Dr Caroline Morin (Ofqual)

12:15-13:00 Lunch

13:00-14:30 Session 2 - Communicating Your Skills with Confidence

Charlie Cunningham - Senior Careers Consultant, University of Warwick with colleagues from the University of Birmingham

A practical session to help you:

  • Understand what skills and experience employers/principle investigators are looking for
  • Identify what works on a CV or application form
  • Know how to prepare for and practice job interviews

14:30-14:45 Refreshment break

14:45-16:30 Session 3 - Contacts and networks

Standing out from the crowd – John Burden (Research Strategy & Programme Manager, Institute of Advanced Study - University of Warwick)

Networking tales: personal and social networking - Dr Rebecca Vipond (Research Officer, Institute of Advanced Study - University of Warwick)

Speed networking - facilitated by Michele Underwood (Student Careers and Skills - University of Warwick)

Tuesday 20th June 2017

9:30am- 4:30pm

OC0.01 - The Oculus, Main Campus, University of Warwick

Booking form