Non-academic career

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According to statistics, only about one third of PhD holders still have an academic position five years after their PhD (Dubach et al., 2017, p.76). UNIL has taken this reality into account in its policies concerning young researchers, by developing at the Graduate Campus workshops and careers advice to support transition to the non-academic job market.

 

While this transition is not always easy for PhD holders, it can be particularly hard for women, who testify to having more difficulties finding an adequately qualified job and who continue to be a minority in leading positions (Koller & Meffre, 2010, p. 44 et 50).

 

In addition to this vertical segregation, horizontal segregation also prevails, as women researchers remain widely under-represented in some sectors of activity (SHE Figures, 2015, p.71). While networking is one of the main ways for recruitment and career advancement, outside academia women also generally are less integrated into networks of socialization and benefit from fewer informal support opportunities than men.

 

While UNIL has little power over the discriminations that might explain gender inequalities in the non-academic professional sphere (Dubach et al., 2017, p.60), it can nevertheless support female researchers in their professional transition by offering them tools, training and networking opportunities. That is what PROWD Non-academic career proposes.

 

With a particular emphasis on the specific issues and difficulties women may encounter in their careers, PROWD Non-academic career complements the workshops and activities offered by the Graduate Campus, which PROWD participants are encouraged to follow as well:

  • Applications for non-academic opportunities
  • Your Professional Profile: TRIMA
  • Networking, online profiles, and exploring the alternatives
  • Career cafés

Main elements of the programme

Programme kick-off event

Date and time: October 30th 2018, 12 to 6.

 

The first part (12-1.30), which is open to a broad academic audience, will include a presentation of the programme and the intervention of experts specializing in issues related to women’s careers, both academic and non-academic.

 

In the second part (1.30-6), the participants in both tracks of PROWD will follow a workshop titled “Power Games: Roles, Power and Everyday Challenges in an Institutional Environment", led by Sybil Schädeli, trainer and coach specialized in leadership and power issues.

 


Workshop description:
 

Les femmes travaillant dans des entreprises organisées hiérarchiquement se retrouvent souvent dans des situations où elles ont l’impression que « quelque chose se passe ou se trame », sans toutefois comprendre de quoi il s’agit exactement, ni connaître les règles du jeu. Elles sont mal à l’aise ou en colère et ne trouvent pas toujours les mots pour pouvoir réagir habilement ou même jouer le jeu. Cet atelier traite des codes et des pratiques tacites, et vise à donner aux femmes la liberté de décider, dans une situation concrète, si elles souhaitent jouer le jeu avec habileté ou se tenir à l’écart.

 

Content:

  • Phénomènes et processus liés au pouvoir dans les structures hiérarchiques
  • Parler sans se comprendre : le langage des hommes et le langage des femmes
  • Jeux de pouvoirs et réponses aux attaques verbales et non-verbales

 

Language: The official part of the event will take place in French. The workshop will be led in French but participants are free to speak in French or English.

Workshop “Beyond academia: career strategies for women with doctorates”

Date and time: November 20th 2018, 10 to 5.

 


Description:


This workshop offers a platform to reflect on gender specific issues in career development, addressing questions such as: What is important to consider? Where are challenges and possible traps? How to make decisions considering one’s own career goals and family planning? How to negotiate (salary, in interviews) and deal with difficult questions? Using career development tools like the career anchor and the skills profile, the workshop will focus on issues women may encounter in their professional life. Working with their own concrete concerns, questions and situations, participants will work out a strategy for their next career steps and outline individual action plans.

 

Content:

  • Career Anchor (E. Schein & Van Maanen)
  • Skills profile and elevator pitch
  • Harvard concept for negotiations, e.g. salary negotiations
  • Group coaching for analysing case examples


Trainer: Dagmar Engfer, coach et career development consultant.

 

Language: The workshop will be led in English but participants are free to speak in French or English.

Group coaching

Date and time: January 15th 2019, 10 to 1 or 2 to 5.

 

Description:

As a follow up to the “Beyond academia: career strategies for women with doctorates” workshop, participants will have one 3-hour group coaching session in order to build on their thinking and develop the tools introduced during the workshop.

Participants who would like to take additional individual coaching sessions (at their expense) will benefit from a preferential rate. 

 

Trainer: Dagmar Engfer, coach et career development consultant.

 

Language: Participants are free to speak in French or English.

Workshop “Dépasser les stéréotypes: s’affirmer comme femme leader”

Date and time: February 8th 2019, 9 to 5.

 

Description:

 

Se basant sur des études scientifiques, cet atelier propose une représentation nuancée des différences interindividuelles et une ouverture à la diversité. L’objectif principal de l'atelier est de donner aux participantes des stratégies pour désamorcer les biais de genre, pour contrebalancer les points faibles de leur leadership selon leur style et de développer des compétences de négociation spécifiques pour les femmes.  

 

Contenu:

  • Où sont les femmes leaders?
  • Les biais de genre et les stéréotypes dans les processus organisationnels (évaluation des postulations, évaluation des performances, relations dans les groupes de travail et leadership)
  • Connaître son style de leadership
  • Contre-balancer les points faibles de son leadership
  • Améliorer sa visibilité en tant que femme leader
  • Dépasser les représentations de genre pour négocier au mieux

 

Trainer: Marie-Paule Haefliger, psychologist and business & executive coach.

 

Language: The workshop will be led in French but participants are free to speak in French or English.

Individual or Group coaching

Date and time: to be determined by participants and coach.

 

Description:

As a follow up to the “Dépasser les stéréotypes: s’affirmer comme femme leader” workshop, participants will choose between one individual coaching session or three group coaching sessions of 90 minutes in order to build on their thinking and develop the tools introduced during the workshop.

Participants who would like to take additional individual coaching sessions (at their expense) will benefit from a preferential rate. 

 

Trainer: Marie-Paule Haefliger, psychologist and business & executive coach.

 

Language: Participants are free to speak in French or English.

Other events (optional)

Other shorter events (lunch-time workshops, informal meetings, etc.) will be organized based on participants’ demands and interests, on topics such as work/life balance, dual careers, self-marketing, etc.

 

More information on these events will follow.

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