PhD Skills Course: Career planning and development

Wednesday 25 January 2023 09:00-16:00,
AR U-049.

Open for PhD and Post Doctoral fellows at the University.

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Career planning and development

One day career develpment worshop for postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers.

Part 1: Knowing yourself, knowing the job market

  • Career planning for PhD and postdocs
  • The non-academic employment market
  • Connecting skills, interests and values with career options
  • Job seeking strategies and researching the job market
  • Effective self-presentation skills linked to job seeking strategies

Part 2: Effective interview presentation

  • Presentation of interview types and purpose
  • Reviewing positives and how to overcome negatives at interview
  • Interview technique – discussion and practicing types of questions
  • Peer practice and feedback
  • Other activities in addition to interview

It will be possible to attend either the first part, second part or both parts of the workshop.

About the workshop

Requirements and registration

Place: Kjell Arholms house, U-049

Time: 25th of January, 9.00 - 12.30 and 1.30 - 4.00.

Language: English

Target group: PhD candidates and postdoctoral fellows at the University of Stavanger

Registration will open three weeks prior to the workshop.

Contact Birgitte Dambo if you have any questions.


Sarah Blackford is a qualified higher education careers adviser (MA, Warwick University) with a background in scientific research and publishing. A Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Sarah specialises in providing career development education to doctoral students and early career researchers and has been delivering career workshops and one-to-one coaching for over 20 years in research institutions, universities, EU consortia and doctoral training programmes. As a registered career practitioner with the Career Development Institute and the Association for Graduate Careers Services (AGCAS), Sarah adheres to a recognised ethical code of practice.