As an early career professional you may know what you want to do next but aren’t sure how to get there, or perhaps you are thinking about making the jump from academia into an industrial role, but aren’t sure how to sell your skills to a future employer. Maybe you are coming to the end of your PhD and are feeling unsure about your future, and what you have to offer outside university. However you are feeling about your next step, one of our qualified career specialists will work one-on-one with you to help you understand how we can support you, how to define and work towards your career goals, and how to sell yourself, your experience and your skills to an employer, regardless of the path you are interested in.
I have been fortunate in being able to participate in a recent Catalyst consultation, which has proved instrumental in helping me understand the direction I want go in with my career. Numerous topics – including CPD, taking on additional responsibilities within my role and mentoring opportunities – were all discussed as part of the consultation that will prove significant in helping advance my career.
After the 45-minute session, you will leave with an increased sense of self-belief and plenty of career management tools to help you confidently take your next career step. If you are looking for a new role, or to make a career change, then the careers specialist will help you understand the best job search techniques and how to apply for and tailor your CV and cover letter to a specific role in a way that best demonstrates your skills and experience. If you are considering using a recruitment agency, they can also share their expertise in how to best work with them as a partner in finding your path.
Building a network
Whether you’re thinking of starting your own business or applying for a job, building a network of professional relationships is a very important tool to develop your knowledge and establish yourself in a specific field. Networking can be a daunting process but the career specialist can advise you on how to simplify the process, find suitable networking opportunities, online and in person, and share their top tips and techniques to help you make the most of these opportunities. Many of these activities can be accessed through our member networks and can help enhance transferable skills whilst expanding your network.