Undertaking a PhD is an enriching but exhausting experience. Deciding what to do afterwards can be another challenge, especially when contending with the realities of the academic job market, or if you’re unsure whether an academic career is for you. To support PGRs and ECRs through this stage, BAVS will be holding a careers training day aimed at scholars of the Victorian period and long-nineteenth century to be held at the University of Warwick on the 18th June. The day will begin with a keynote address by Dr Naomi Paxton, a researcher, writer, performer and AHRC/BBC Radio 3 New Generation Thinker 2014-15 who has worked at Parliament and for the BBC as well as within academia. She will draw on her extensive and diverse experiences inside and outside of academia to provide a stimulating talk celebrating the multi-faceted value of doctoral study.
As well as plenary sessions, the event will feature separate strands catering to those interested in (A) academic careers and (B) alternative careers.For PhD students and ECRs who are interested in pursuing an academic career, the day will provide guidance on applying and interviewing for jobs in the UK, as well as special sessions on writing fellowship applications, and applying for jobs and working in HE abroad. The training will be delivered by University of Warwick staff, including members of academic staff from a range of disciplines who work predominantly on the nineteenth century and the Victorian period as well as the University of Warwick’s Careers Service personnel.
The day will also feature a dedicated strand of training for PGRs and ECRs interested in working in alternative or adjacent fields to academia. The University of Warwick’s Careers. Service will provide focused workshops that will equip those wishing to develop strategies to move into new sectors. Attendees will also receive additional insights and inspiration from a roundtable of post-PhD Victorian and nineteenth-century scholars employed outside of academia, working in a diverse range of fields.
The day will conclude with a session focusing on maintaining robust mental health during the search for permanent employment.