PostAc Training 2021

Provider business unit: Researcher Development »

PostAc University® is a new app to help PhD students into non-academic research careers developed by our research team at the Australian National University. We started working on this app because we think one of the biggest problems for PhD students and graduates is finding non-academic employment that suits their talents and abilities.

Lecture: So, you’re graduating your PhD in a pandemic - what’s next?

Covid-19 presents a massive disruption to the academic workforce. PhD students and early career researchers are worried about their future career prospects inside academia and confused about their options outside the university walls. In this one hour lecture we use the team’s research on the post-PhD job market to:

  • Enhance your understanding of the changed academic job market, analysing the effects of hiring freezes and travel restrictions.
  • Increase awareness of career opportunities in industry; which sectors are looking for research talent?
  • Help you approach the non-academic job market with more confidence.

Introducing PostAc: a tool to help you design a career post PhD  

When you do a PhD you are encouraged to develop a very narrow area of specialist expertise. We learn to think about ourselves as experts in a particular area, when in reality we are multi-talented, highly trained researchers who can use the skills we have developed doing a PhD to all sorts of roles - inside and outside of academia. This session is designed to help you better understand the skills you have and how they translate (or not) into a range of jobs inside and outside of academia. During this session we will:

  • Learn about the market for PhD talent - inside and outside academia
  • Learn how PostAc finds and ranks jobs through modelling the ‘ideal researcher’
  • Make a search strategy and implementing itMatch your skills with ads through a skills inventory


Network your way into a job using PostAc

At least three out of four jobs are never advertised - most people find jobs through word of mouth and personal recommendations. Our aim is to help you find a job you love within six months by growing and mobilising the power of PostAc and your professional networks. These techniques work for finding an academic or non-academic job.

In the workshop we will cover:

  • Identifying potential employers (generating a ‘cold call list’)
  • Leveraging your existing network (without losing friends)
  • Asking for and conducting ‘informational interviews’ (without fear or embarrassment)
  • Feeding and growing your network (or ‘earning the right to ask a favour’)


Training calendar 2021

 

 

Date and time

Time (AEDT or AEST depending on the time of year)

Title (see above for descriptions of session)

Registration link

January

29/1/2021

Friday

12pm - 1:30pm

So - you’re graduating your PhD in a pandemic. What’s next?

https://anu.au1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bgDh56rI5CzIfyJ

February

16/2/2021
Tuesday

12pm - 1:30pm

Introducing Postac: a tool to help you design a career post-PhD 

https://anu.au1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_e2HRVUx1mbd3dXv

17/2/2021
Wednesday

12pm-1:30pm

Network your way into a job using PostAc

https://anu.au1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9TrJNnWLzsOKdKJ

March

3/3/2021
Wednesday

12pm - 1:30pm

Introducing Postac: a tool to help you design a career post-PhD 

https://anu.au1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eD3OtCoa61XRjCd

18/3/2021

Thursday

12pm - 1:30pm

Network your way into a job using PostAc

https://anu.au1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bauQOwn9jgJQbyt

May 

24/5/2021
Monday

12pm - 1:30pm

Introducing Postac: a tool to help you design a career post-PhD

https://anu.au1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0vTS0ogqThBuD1r

25/5/2021
Monday

12pm - 1:30pm

Network your way into a job using PostAc

https://anu.au1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0PYfrkon1OnX9nD

June

2/6/2021

Wednesday

12:00 - 1:00pm

So, you’re graduating your PhD in a pandemic, what’s next?

https://anu.au1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_b7un8ponG1tNXVj

10/6/2021

Thursday

12pm - 1:30pm

Introducing Postac: a tool to help you design a career post-PhD

https://anu.au1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0OFF6V4pwnkQtGl

15/6/2021
Monday

12pm - 1:30pm

Network your way into a job using PostAc

https://anu.au1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5sQW0D69kA4gB2B

July 

9/7/2021

Friday

12pm - 1:30pm

Introducing Postac: a tool to help you design a career post-PhD

https://anu.au1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1ZVuQFdTvHDi9JH

15/7/2021

Thursday

12pm - 1:30pm 

Network your way into a job using PostAc

https://anu.au1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cZaseD3X4oD62x

September

8/9/2021
Wednesday

12pm - 1:30pm

Introducing Postac: a tool to help you design a career post-PhD

https://anu.au1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3r8YlwOYbvhrgeV

17/9/2021

Friday

12pm - 1:30pm

Network your way into a job using PostAc

https://anu.au1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cCJ5oyIWKZAGjAx

October

6/10/2021

Wednesday

12pm - 1:30pm

Introducing Postac: a tool to help you design a career post-PhD

https://anu.au1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9RyUKQtHHEAFb6t

19/10/2021

Tuesday

12pm - 1:30pm

Network your way into a job using PostAc

https://anu.au1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eXyGMl4K9x38JtH

November

4/11/2021
Wednesday

12pm - 1:30pm

Introducing Postac: a tool to help you design a career post-PhD

https://anu.au1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3L973p8DazGiH6B

26/11/2021

Friday

12pm - 1:30pm

Network your way into a job using PostAc

https://anu.au1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9KVHOwOs3nUgHCR

29/11/2021

Monday

12:00 - 1:00pm

So, you’re graduating your PhD in a pandemic, what’s next?

https://anu.au1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cwlCo2IuFViazel

 

Facilitator

Workshops are presented by Professor Inger Mewburn (better known as @thesiswhisperer) was born on Nuenonne country, which is now known as Tasmania, Australia (always was, always will be, Aboriginal land). She has a background as a designer and a researcher, which was nurtured at the University of Melbourne and RMIT University. Since 2006, she has worked exclusively with PhD students and early career academics, helping them finish complex research projects with (sometimes very) demanding stakeholders. She’s passionate about helping people reach their potential as researchers and helping to create a kinder, more inclusive academy. Inger is currently the Director of Researcher Development at The Australian National University where she oversees professional development workshops and programs for all ANU researchers. Aside from creating new posts on the Thesis Whisperer blog, she writes scholarly papers, books and book chapters about research education, with a special interest in post PhD employability. You find out more on her on Wikipedia, her Linkedin profile, Amazon author page, or view a selection of her on the Thesis Whisperer About page. A full list of her scholarly work is available via her Google Scholar page or OrcidID.