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    The UCL Careers team use this Blog to share their ‘news and views’ about careers with you. You will find snippets about a whole range of career related issues, news from recruiters and links to interesting articles in the media.

    We hope you enjoy reading the Blog and will be inspired to tell us your views.

    If you want to suggest things that students and graduates might find helpful, please let us know – we want to hear from you.

    Karen Barnard – Head of UCL Careers

    UCL Careers is part of The Careers Group, University of London

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    Meet The Brilliant Club! A meaningful, well-paid teaching opportunity for researchers at UCL

    By Vivienne C Watson, on 11 March 2014

    The Brilliant Club is an award-winning charity that recruits, trains and pays doctoral and post-doctoral researchers to deliver programmes of university-style teaching based on their own research to small tutorial groups of high-performing pupils in schools that serve disadvantaged communities.

     We will be at the UCL campus on Friday 14th March from 1:30pm – 4:45pm. This will take the form of a number of 15 minute slots where a representative from the charity can talk to you about its work, review your application (if you are at that stage) and discuss next steps. Please email chris@thebrilliantclub.org to request a slot.

     We will place successful candidates in a non-selective state school, where they will work with eight high-performing 16-18 year old pupils, delivering a series of tutorials that takes them beyond the curriculum and helps them to develop the knowledge, skills and ambition necessary to secure places at top universities. Successful candidates typically design a course based on their own research, with recent programmes as varied as ‘Fighting Cancer with Sound Bullets’ and ‘Free Will, Luck and Moral Responsibility’.

     A Brilliant Club summer placement offers tutors the chance to complete meaningful and well-paid summer work, whilst communicating their research to a non-specialist audience (increasingly a requirement for research council funding). As well as gaining teaching experience, tutors will deepen their knowledge of the UK education system, helping them understand the backgrounds of the undergraduates studying at their institutions. Our training programme is delivered by qualified teachers and focuses on learning theory and teaching technique, as well as providing practical support for tutors who choose to design their own course. All tutors also take part in a professional induction, including an Enhanced Disclosure DBS Check.

     To apply to be a Brilliant Club tutor this summer, please find further information and an application form on our website, www.thebrilliantclub.org, and send the completed form with a copy of your CV to Dr Mary Henes at apply@thebrilliantclub.org.

    Apply now to Focus on Management 2014

    By Manpreet Dhesi, on 6 March 2014

    This post originally appeared on the UCL Careers Blog

    Back for another year, UCL Careers’ flagship event Focus on Management is open for applications. Taking place from Tuesday 10th – Thursday 12th June at a central London location.

    • Want to develop the vital skills you need to stand out in the workplace?
    • Need to get your commercial awareness to employer standards?
    • Want to improve your understanding of management?

    Then Focus on Management 2014 is the course for you.

    This year the course is being sponsored by ICAEW, a world leading professional membership organisation for the accounting, financial and business world. Get your applications in by Thursday 27th March 2014.

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    What will I do during Focus on Management?

    Focus on Management is a 3 day course packed full of activities which will give you an interactive and rewarding immersion into the world of business. Your team-working, problem solving and presentation skills will be put to the test as you work in small groups to crack a range of business challenges.

    • Day 1 focuses on management essentials and the skills you need to stand out in the workplace, with real-world insight provided by small and medium sized companies (SMEs).
    • Over Days 2 and 3 you work in teams, facilitated by a team manager, on business case studies from four major graduate employers. The team managers, from a variety of organisations, will trial different managerial styles over the two days giving you the chance to observe what is most effective.

    You will get ample opportunities across the three days to meet and learn from different companies involved in delivering the course. Last year included contributions from Barclays, Sainsbury’s, Capco, Civil Service, Accenture, Cancer Research, Deloitte and Getty Images.

    See what last year’s students said about the course:

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    How do I apply?

    For further information and to apply for a place, click http://www.ucl.ac.uk/careers/students/skills/focus. The deadline is Thursday 27th March 2014 11:59pm. We can only accept applications online; if a disability means you need the form in a different format please contact UCL Careers (careers@ucl.ac.uk).

    Demand for this course is high and we receive many more applications than there are places, so take care when completing the form.

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    Bookings are open for Banking, Finance & Economics Sector: Employer Fair and one-to-one sessions for PhDs and Researchers

    By Vivienne C Watson, on 18 February 2014

    Banking, Finance & Economics Sector: Employer Fair and one-to-one sessions for PhDs and Researchers – Tuesday 25th March – 11:00am to 1:00pm for fair, 2:00pm to 5:00pm for one-to-one sessions

    The aim of this event is to help PhD and other research students with their career planning by providing an opportunity to meet employers from the Financial Services & Economics sector.

    The event will begin with an intimate fair which will have a few select organisations. Many of the employers present will be PhD holders themselves. The fair will be followed by one-to-one sessions that will allow you to discuss any questions you might have in further detail with a specific employer on a one on one basis.

    In order to allow you to get as much as possible out of this event, please research the organisations thoroughly. Please see the Graduate School website for further information about the organisations and representatives who have PhDs as well as how you can book a one on one appointment with an employer: http://courses.grad.ucl.ac.uk/course-details.pht?course_ID=2361

     PhD students can book a place via the following link :

    http://courses.grad.ucl.ac.uk/course-details.pht?course_ID=2361

    Research Staff can book a place via the following link : https://www.ucl.ac.uk/careers/events/signupform/

    Interested in a career at ATASS Sports?

    By Vivienne C Watson, on 17 February 2014

    ATASS Sports will be visiting the UCL campus to meet UCL PhD students on Thursday 27th February. See below to find out how to book an appointment.

    ATASS Sports is a statistical research consultancy providing high quality modelling and analysis for the sports industry.  We combine expertise in statistical analysis and research with in-depth sports knowledge, and dominate the sports modelling industry in the UK and abroad.  We actively recruit at PhD and postdoc level, and are seeking people with experience in statistical or mathematical modelling to join our research teams.    

     ATASS Sports will be conducting a ‘Recruiter in Residence’ session by meeting students on a one on one basis at UCL on the 27th February. The appointments are 15 minutes long and will run throughout the afternoon starting from 14:00. If you think a role with us would be of interest, either now or in the future, please contact Richard Hill at rich.hill@atass-sports.co.uk to book an appointment. Further information about the company can be found on our website – www.atass-sports.co.uk.

    UCL HR event: Taking Control of Your Career – bookings close today

    By Vivienne C Watson, on 28 January 2014

    ‘Taking Control of Your Career’ is open to UCL research staff only and requires commitment over three days. The full dates are as follows:

     30/01/2014

    31/01/2014

    07/03/2014

    This programme has been designed especially for researchers; the components have been tested and provide a creative and robust approach to career planning. On completion of the programme you will:

    • have built an awareness of yourself and others
    • have gained an understanding of potential careers in and outside of academia and be able to make a realistic assessment of your own future
    • have developed and be prepared to implement a robust action plan in order to make clear decisions on your choice of career
    • develop resilience, building the capability to absorb and respond to the challenges faced by researchers in your current and future roles
    • make clear commitments to pursuing the next steps in your chosen career.

    For more details regarding the specifics of this course, interested applicants should visit the link below.

    http://www.ucl.ac.uk/hr/osd/research/programme/sdtcyr/index_1213.php

    To book a place please contact Khiera Yusuf: k.yusuf@ucl.ac.uk

    The Bartlett PhD Event: Life after the PhD: Careers, impact and funding

    By Vivienne C Watson, on 27 January 2014

    The Bartlett PhD Event: “Life after the PhD: Careers, impact and funding”, on 5 February 17:00 at G01 Royal Ear Hospital Building. At this event you will hear where a PhD can take you, and what help is available to develop a career within or outside of academia. For more information and to book a place please visit https://phdcareersevent.eventbrite.co.uk

    Bookings open for the Employer Led Careers Skills Workshops for PhDs and Researchers

    By Vivienne C Watson, on 24 January 2014

    Are you interested in brushing up on key employability skills and meeting/networking with prospective future employers who are interested in PhD and other postgraduate research students?

    If so, you may be interested in the employer-led skills development programme which is organised by the UCL Careers Service and the UCL Graduate School.

    For both academic and non-academic careers, these workshops help you identify and develop core competencies which are vital for you to compete in the job market.

    Workshop Programme for Spring 2014

     
    Effective Applications to Graduate Schemes with RBS
    Monday 27th January, 2pm to 4pm

    Group Exercises & Assessment Centre with Unilever
    Tuesday 4th February, 2pm to 4pm

    Commercial Awareness with PwC
    Tuesday 11th February, 2pm to 4pm

    How to crack a case study with L.E.K. Consulting
    Tuesday 4th March, 5:30pm to 7:30pm

    Interview Techniques with Deloitte
    Tuesday 11th March, 2pm to 4pm

    Pitching the PhD: How to sell your doctorate outside academia with Atass Sports
    Thursday 27th March, 5.30pm to 7.30pm

    PhD students can book a place via the following link: http://courses.grad.ucl.ac.uk/course-details.pht?course_ID=928

    Research Staff can book a place via the following link: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/careers/events/signupform/

    Bookings are open for Entering the Environment Sector Listen to the Experts Forum

    By Vivienne C Watson, on 16 January 2014

    Entering the Environment Sector Listen to the Experts: Employer Forum for PhDs and Researchers

    5:30pm – 7:30pm on 10 February 2014

    The aim of this event is to help PhD and other research students with their career planning by providing an opportunity to question, to hear from and network with employers from the Environment sector who are PhD holders themselves. The panel of speakers will give tips on how research students can use their qualifications and experiences to enter this field as well as information about their sector.

    Panel of speakers will be:

    Sally Watson – Principal Hydrogeologist, Atkins

    Alun Roberts – Senior Associate, BVG Associates

    Antony Froggatt – Senior Research Fellow, Energy, Environment and Resources, Chatham House

    Paul Van Heyningen – Head of Sustainability and Estates, Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC)

    Gareth Rice – Head of Environment UK & Europe, Telefónica UK O2

    Graham Hopkins – Principal Ecologist, The Ecology Consultancy

    To find out more and to read the speakers’ biographies please go to: http://courses.grad.ucl.ac.uk/course-details.pht?course_ID=2232

    PhD students can book a place via the following link : http://courses.grad.ucl.ac.uk/course-details.pht?course_ID=2232

    Research Staff can book a place via the following link : https://www.ucl.ac.uk/careers/events/signupform/

    Bookings are open for A Future in Government and Policy PhD Forum

    By Vivienne C Watson, on 13 January 2014

    A Future in Government and Policy: Employer Forum for PhDs and Researchers

    5:30pm – 7:30pm on 28 January 2014

    The aim of this event is to help PhD and other research students with their career planning by providing an opportunity to question, to hear from and network with employers from the Campaigning and Policy sector who are PhD holders themselves. The panel of speakers will give tips on how research students can use their qualifications and experiences to enter this field as well as information about their sector.

    Panel of speakers will be:

    Richard Malham – Senior Policy Officer, Academy of Medical Sciences

    Gillian Mann – Senior Health Adviser, Department for International Development

    Farrah Bhatti – Second Clerk to the Transport Committee, House of Commons

    Matthew Colahan – Senior Research Executive, Ipsos MORI

    Cecile Morales – Research Officer, Ministry of Justice, Youth Justice Analysis Programme (Civil Service Fast Stream)

    Caroline Harper – Research Fellow and Programme Leader of Social Development, Overseas Development Institute

    To find out more and to read the speakers’ biographies please go to: http://courses.grad.ucl.ac.uk/course-details.pht?course_ID=2214

    PhD students can book a place via the following link : http://courses.grad.ucl.ac.uk/course-details.pht?course_ID=2214

    Research Staff can book a place via the following link : https://www.ucl.ac.uk/careers/events/signupform/

    Interested in a career in medical communications?

    By Vivienne C Watson, on 10 January 2014

    Medcomms Networking will be running an event in Oxford on 16th January for those who are looking to understand career opportunities in MedComms.

    Although anyone can attend the audience will be made up of mainly post-docs and DPhil/PhD students. You will meet with a number of MedComms professionals for a highly engaging session which presents medical writing and account management in MedComms as attractive career options.

    For more information and how to book a place please see the Medcomms Networking website: http://www.medcommsnetworking.co.uk/oxford14.html