We have bundled six short ‘how to’ best practice webinars presented by an expert in their field on career development, the application and interview process. These sessions are packed with great insights and tips and available on demand via the RSA Members Lounge (>Events on Demands > Professional Development Series).
If you are not yet an RSA member, then now is a good time to join the community. Benefit from discounted conference fees, accessing journals, policy impact books, professional development resources, funding opportunities, discounts and much more. For more details on benefits and rates, please see the relevant career-stage category at www.regionalstudies.org/about/memberships/ or get in touch with Alex Holmes.
Career Planning and Development Resources
How to get your first academic job
The session features a current University Vice Chancellor sharing his insights and tips from many years of being involved in academic recruitment. The presenter covers the steps when applying for an academic job starting with the key question that one needs to ask at the beginning of any job search: What job am I looking for? Following, key components of an academic application such as cover letter, CV, letters of reference, research and teaching statements are addressed. Advise on what should an applicant emphasise on in the application and what search committees are looking for are also covered. This session is packed with great tips and will be useful not just for researchers setting out to applying for their first academic job.
How to get your first post-doc position and make the most of it
This session has been organised by the RSA’s early career researchers’ community and brings together a panel of postdoc researchers sharing their postdoc journeys with the ups and downs, lessons learnt, the role of publications, networking, tips for your application, encouragement and key advice.
Career paths outside academia
This session presents career paths for researchers outside academia that still offer opportunities to conduct research. The session covers pros and cons of a research career outside academia, potential non-academic employers performing advanced research in RSA subjects (i.e. multilateral organisation, governments, think tanks, foundations, museums, industry, service companies, NGOs, etc.) and tips for the application process,
How to write a winning academic CV
Getting started on your first academic CV can seem a daunting task, particularly as a PhD student or Early Career Researcher, but fear not – this session provides tips and insights to write a winning academic CV.
How to win in job interviews
The dream team is back and following on from the popular session on “How to get your first academic job” the presenter now shares his rich experience on how to win in job interviews. He highlights the common components of the academic interview, addresses the phone and the on-site interview and shares his tips as a seasoned search committee member.
How to promote yourself and your publication
In this session, the presenter shares 11 practical tips on how to promote your academic profile and publications and here particularly how to promote your journal articles to increase readership, downloads and impact. He also highlights support available by publishers.