Events for researchers

Programme for researchers

Research students and research staff on a fixed-term contract are also eligible to attend any events from our wider programme of training, which covers a range of topics including online assessment centres, psychometric tests, LinkedIn and many more.

Visit the Careers Portal to register for external careers events, including careers fairs, recruitment sessions, conferences, workshops and more.

Research students can count attendance at any of these training sessions towards their training hours as recorded in their Personal, Professional and Career Development Planners.

Exploring Career Options for Researchers

Tuesday 30th January 2024, 12:00pm - 1:00pm, Online

Research graduates go into a wide range of roles both inside and outside of Higher Education - but how can you explore what your own career options might be?

This online session is designed to help you find out

  • The range of careers research graduates go into
  • How to identify your own strengths, motivations, values and skills
  • How to explore different sectors and roles for which you might be suited
  • Which mindsets and practices are most helpful in navigating a successful career transition 

Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions throughout and by the end of the session you will know how to find lots of useful resources to help support you in your career development and thinking ahead to the next stage.

This session is open to all Brookes research students and fixed-term research staff. Registration required.

If you are unable to attend but would like to receive the session materials please feel free to register. 

Please register to attend on the Careers Portal.

LinkedIn for Researchers

Friday 8th March 2024, 1:00pm - 2:00pm, Online

Online networking is now an essential way of increasing your visibility, gaining useful sector connections, researching companies and organisations and finding and applying for roles. But how can you be sure as a researcher - whatever your career plans and aspirations - that you are making LinkedIn work for you?

This workshop will:

  • introduce you to the main functions and benefits of LinkedIn as a professional social media platform
  • help you work out how you can tailor your profile to have maximum impact
  • explore the practical art and etiquette of building your network on LinkedIn
  • help you to manage your LinkedIn presence for prospective employers and active job search

Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions throughout and by the end of the session you will know about further resources and support available to you to help you make best use of LinkedIn as part of your ongoing career management.

This session is open to all Brookes research students and fixed-term research staff.

If you are unable to attend but would like to receive the session materials please feel free to register.

Please register to attend on the Careers Portal.

How to get a Job: Effective Written Applications for Researchers

Wednesday 21st March 2024, 11:00am - 12:00pm, Online

Whether you are intending to apply for academic or further research roles, or for non-academic roles within or beyond higher education, learning to market yourself on paper is an essential step towards gaining that all-important interview and then the job itself.

In this session you will learn:

  • how applications are shortlisted for interview
  • how to decode job adverts and target your information to employers’ needs
  • conventions for CVs and covering letters within and beyond academia
  • how to approach online application forms

Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions throughout and by the end of the session you will know how to find lots of useful resources specifically for researchers including sample CVs and written applications.

This session is open to all Brookes research students and fixed-term research staff.

If you are unable to attend but would like to receive the session materials please feel free to register.

Please register to attend on the Careers Portal.


Interview Skills for Researchers

Thursday 2nd May 2024, 12:00pm - 1:00pm, Online

Whether you’re applying for academic or non-academic roles, learning how to perform well at interview is a prerequisite to getting the job. Brush up on the practicalities of preparing for, and performing in, interviews in this interactive workshop designed specifically for researchers.

This session includes:

  • what to expect from interviews, academic and non-academic
  • common questions and how to tackle them
  • how to talk about your research for different audiences
  • a chance to share interview experiences, tips and strategies with your peers

This session is open to all Brookes research students and fixed-term research staff. If you are unable to attend but would like to receive the session materials please feel free to register.

Please register to attend on the Careers Portal.