One of the reasons why career planning skills trainings are being held is to encourage proactive career planning by equipping participants with the skills, resources and self-assessment information necessary to make informed career choices both inside and beyond academia. Organizing career planning skills trainings and labour market preparation trainings focus on professional career of PhDs and academics who are often uncertain in terms of decision-making for their next future career life. Therefore, the training possibilities for PhDs and academics can help, maintain and improve job skills, professional level of employees and prepare them for possible promotion.
By organising these events the HE institutions can benefit in terms of the overall job satisfaction level of their PhDs and academics.
Improved skills and knowledge Better communication and cooperation
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|Mobility stages||During mobility phase|
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|Target groups||PhD student/Early career researcher R2 - R4 researchers Lecturers (incl. Language Teachers)|
|Types of contracts of researchers||Full degree student Visiting scholar Employee in training (interns, research fellows, postdocs) Exchange student|
|Career stages of researchers||Less than 6 months 6-12-months of experience 1-3-years of experience 3-10 years of experience|
|Lengths of stays of researchers||0-3 months 3-6 months 6-12 months|
Organization of career planing skills trainings and preparation for labour market can be done in several ways depending on a size of institution. Many institutions have specialist advisers and coaches who are dedicated to support PhDs and academics. Some of them does not have career coaching centre and experts, therefore, they provide/ organize the trainings with external experts.
WHEN SETTING UP TRAININGS (does not matter if it is organised internally or externally) think about the following tasks and situation at your institution:
DESCRIPTION THE TRAINING PROGRAM / PLAN RELATED TO CAREER DEVELOPMENT AT YOUR INSTITUTION
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When organising trainings aimed at career coaching, please, consider the following recommendations:
PRACTICE DELIVERY ALTERNATIVE INSPIRATIONAL TIP
INSPIRATION WHICH MAY HELP YOU WHEN SETTING UP CAREER COACHING TRAININGS:
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To secure rewarding roles and succeed in them, inside academia or beyond, PhD students must know their options and plan their preferred destinations early. Career Control for Researchers takes them step-by-step through creating a practical plan that aligns them with professional strengths and personal motivators and preferences. This eight-week online and on-demand programme combines 4 core training modules, including exercises, with three 45-minute webinars and 2 tutorials, all designed to support them in creating a detailed career action plan. This good practice has been cofounded by Lund University in Sweeden.