1. Post-graduation Skills workshop (EASTBIO)

    Audience: External, PG research

    Times: 11.00-14.00

    Date: Friday 6 March 2020

    Key details: For EastBio DTP students only. Refreshments and lunch will be provided.

    Target audience

    Doctoral students in the EastBio DTP.

    Course mapped to

    Vitae's Researcher Development Framework domain: B3 (Professional and career developoment)

    Course information

    CVs and job applications: getting into the shortlist

    This event provides participants with a clear understanding of the recruitment processes used in academia and in other employment sectors. The event will provide practical advice on how to improve chances of being shortlisted for academic and non-academic posts, by tailoring the CV and application forms to meet the expectations and requirements of recruiters in different sectors. There will be opportunity to look at different types of sample CVs.

    By the end of the session, participants should be able to:

    • Recognise the recruitment processes typically used by Higher Education Institutions to recruit academic and research staff.
    • Describe the reasoning behind different recruitment strategies.
    • Craft an accessible, well-formatted CV, with an ability to tailor it to specific roles.
    • Contrast the priorities for academic and non-academic CV content.
    • Construct a cover letter which addresses the suitability of both the candidate and the employer.
    • Analyse job descriptions to best respond to application forms.

    Interviewee skills: how to impress a panel

    This workshop provides participants with a clear understanding of several different types of interview process, including academic, competency-based, phone and Skype. Fundamental preparation and delivery techniques will be examined, along with some of the questions likely to be asked in different recruitment scenarios. Participants will also be encouraged to take part in mock questioning to improve their preparation and resilience.

    By the end of the session, participants should be able to:

    • Compare the differing focus in academic, competency-based or remote interviews.
    • Evaluate good and bad interview etiquette.
    • Anticipate and prepare for lines of academic questioning.
    • Craft answers to competency-based questions using the STAR technique.
    • Prepare concise, effective answers to interview questions based on the job description

    EASTBIO training web-page: http://www.eastscotbiodtp.ac.uk/year-4-consolidation

    For further info, please email enquiries@eastscotbiodtp.ac.uk

    What previous participants have said about this course:

    • "A lot of good resources provided. Some good discussion on academic as well as industry [careers]. Bhavya was very enthusiastic and engaging."
    • "It's a valuable course to provide you with a lot of links & resources regardless of your future career plans."
    • "Even if you think you know what you want to do, this may change your mind."
    • "If you are unsure about future career, the workshop provides a very broad view of possible job[s] you can apply [for]."


    Dr Bhavya Rao (CAPOD/ Careers)

    Careers adviser

    Subject areas

    In addition, Bhavya is a member of the CAPOD team (Centre for Academic, Professional and Organisational Development), helping to deliver career skills development courses, with a focus on postgrads and postdocs in the physical sciences.


    Lower College Hall

    Course provider

    Email: coursescapod@st-andrews.ac.uk