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Planning and Managing your Research and your Career 2017-18 Generic Skills Module for PhD students (5 ECTS credits)

Module Co-ordinators:  Dr. Tamara O’ Connor, Student Learning Development & John Wynne, Careers Advisory Service

Module Description
This module will provide you, the PhD student, with the opportunity to develop research, career management and employability skills and the chance to interact with other PhD students from across the College to share their experiences and strategies.

The module is designed to maximise flexibility and enable you to tailor the learning to your own personal and professional development needs, by allowing you to choose from a variety of accredited workshops which are provided by Student Learning Development, Careers Advisory Service and other associated services. 

Module Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:

  • Identify and apply strategies and tools to help them manage the research process and successfully complete their degree (e.g. creating thesis template, starting and maintaining thesis writing process).
  • Plan and manage their time and resources including dealing with procrastination, balancing demands and managing stress.
  • Effectively communicate their research knowledge and transferable skills through posters, oral presentations, their curriculum vitae, and at interview.
  • Develop a career action plan which includes reflection on the skills they have to offer, in both academic and non-academic careers, sources of relevant opportunities and strategies for taking a creative approach to job-seeking including networking.
  • Identify and understand factors that impact on teams; identify the strengths and weaknesses of their own personal team working style.

Attendance/Participation
Contact hours: Students are required to attend 13 x 2 hours workshops. The student can choose these workshops and courses offered by Student Learning Development, Careers Advisory Service, IT Services or Library (see list below), depending on their individual needs and requirements.

Assessment and Role of Supervisor
The module is assessed through completion of 13 workshops.  Additionally, the student will provide evidence of the practical application of the employability, self-management and research skills gained by completion of a:

  • Personal plan for individual research and career building strategies submitted to, and discussed with research supervisor;
  • Conference poster and/or delivery of a presentation in consultation with research supervisor;
  • CV and cover letter tailored to a particular academic or non-academic position submitted to CAS for feedback.

Students must have permission of their research supervisor to register.

Documentation and Credit
Currently, this module is standalone and not affiliated with any particular course; hence, it is not on the Student Information System and credits will not appear on the student’s transcript at this point. Therefore, to monitor progress, students will record their workshop attendance (contact hours) and assessments with the ECTS Monitoring Form which is kept on file.  Once this is form is received, a certificate of module completion and a letter confirming the student has earned the credits will be issued to the appropriate Director of Postgraduate Teaching & Learning, to be kept on the student’s file.

Module Schedule – Hilary Term 2018

Student Learning Development and Careers Advisory Service Workshops

Workshop

Date

Time

Planning & Time Management*

24th January

10am – 12pm

Career Planning

31st January

10am – 12pm

Effective Teamwork

7th February

10am – 12pm

CV Preparation*

14th February

10am – 12pm

Developing Critical Writing Skills

21st February

10am – 12pm

Effective Presentation Skills

28th February

10am – 12pm

Thesis Writing Process

7th March

10am – 12pm

Interview Skills

14th March

10am – 12pm

Networking

21st March

10am – 12pm

Viva & Oral Defence Preparation

28th March

10am – 12pm

Stress Management

4th April

10am – 12pm

*Compulsory attendance

Other Eligible Workshops
IT Training Courses (e.g. Planning Thesis Production) - please see https://www.tcd.ie/itservices/training/index.php for details, dates and to sign-up.

SLD Workshops (Approaches to Literature Reviewing) – please see http://student-learning.tcd.ie/postgraduate/events/workshops/ for details and dates.

Library Workshops (e.g. EndNote) – please see https://www.tcd.ie/library/support/skills-training.php

For further information please contact: Dr. Tamara O’Connor, Student Learning Development email: toconnor@tcd.ie

To register please click here.

Student Evaluation

Student comments in recent years included:

  • “believe it should be a compulsory module for all PhD students”
  • “helpful for PhD students in different fields learning generic skills to promote their academic achievements”
  • “Gave me effective tools and advice for presenting (and translating) my research in viable commercial directions”
  • “Found it a very encouraging environment. Felt people were all in the same boat”
  • “I enjoyed the course because it was very practical and it gave me concrete advice on how to get through my PhD”
  • “Gave me an environment in which I could think properly about the steps in my career path”
  • “Informative and thought provoking”
  • “Helped me to get more conscious of the importance of first impact ways to approach employers – academic or non-academic”
  • “Good advice on preparing a CV from both academic and non-academic perspectives”
  • “Great workshop, it really helped to give me strategies to cope with the stress of going to interviews”
  • “Practical advice on how to network in person”
  • “It was very helpful, I really appreciated her help.”
  • “We had a session on Planning and Managing Your PhD that gave a lot of practical tips and guidelines about time management and the importance of writing early. I found it helpful to be reminded that writing can help to clarify your thinking so it's important to write down your ideas, even if it's only in draft form.”
  • “Thesis writing and Viva preparation were the most immediately useful. It was also a good opportunity to meet with other PhD students. CV preparation and career planning were also good.”

For information on all of the services that SLD and CAS have to offer, please see https://student-learning.tcd.ie and www.tcd.ie/careers

 


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Last updated 14 December 2017 by Student Learning Development (Email) .