Career planning for humanitities PhDs: Workshops at University of Oslo (autumn 2018)
In autumn 2018, I organized two career events at the University of Oslo: Life after a PhD in the humanities: Jobs beyond the academy, and LinkedIn for PhD holders and PhD candidates.
Both events were designed to offer inspiration and career support to PhD researchers who are planning to pursue careers outside of academia. While the University of Oslo does provide career support to this group, PhD researchers could still use more career advice as far as non-academic carers are concerned. Recent studies on job satisfaction about PhD candidates in Norway confirms that there is a general desire among PhD researchers for more career support. This was the starting point of the two career events I organized.
Life after a PhD in the humanities: Jobs beyond the academy was a panel discussion on career paths beyond the academy for people with a PhD in the humanities. I invited three external speakers, all of whom were alumni of the PhD programme at The Faculty of Humanities. The three speakers talked about their career paths after completing their PhDs. They shared not only useful career advice, but also crucial industry knowledge pertaining to their respective industries (the arts, publishing and the media). The panel discussion drew a range of audiences at the university – including PhD candidates and PhD holders, their supervisors, administrative staff and employees from the university career services.
LinkedIn for PhD holders and PhD candidates was a hands-on, interactive workshop. Participants learned how to use LinkedIn as a tool – for presenting themselves online, finding job openings, researching potential future employers, and expanding and staying in touch with their network.
About the author
Julianne Yang is a Norwegian career coach and HR consultant in Hong Kong. She offers one-on-one career counselling for young professionals, PhD candidates, and university students who are looking to build meaningful careers. She also designs and runs career workshops and training sessions for universities, co-working spaces, and companies in Hong Kong.
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