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 10th 2019, 12.00 to 5.30

 

The first part (12.00-2.00 pm), 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 (2.00-5.30 pm), the participants in both tracks of PROWD will follow a workshop titled Pushing back against everyday sexism,” led by Siara Isaac, teaching advisor at the EPFL Teaching Support Center trainer.

 

Language: the official part of the event will take place in French. The workshop will be given in English, participants will be free to speak French or English as preferred.

 

Workshop description

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

Date and time: November 19th 2019, 10.00-5.00


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.

 

Workshop description

Individual coaching workshop “Beyond academia..."

Dates and time: January 13th or 14th 2020, between 10.00 and 5.00

 

Description:

As a follow up to the “Beyond academia: career strategies for women with doctorates” workshop, participants will have one 1-hour individual 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 28th 2020, 9.00-5.00

 

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.

 

Workshop description

Individual coaching workshop “Dépasser les stéréotypes..."

Dates and time: March 20th or 23rd, 2020, between 9.00 and 5.00

 

Description:

As a follow up to the “Dépasser les stéréotypes: s’affirmer comme femme leader” workshop, participants will have one 90-minute individual 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: Marie-Paule Haefliger, psychologist and business & executive coach

 

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

Workshop "PowerTraining: Rôles, pouvoir et défis quotidiens dans un environnement institutionnel"

Date and time: April 2nd, 2020, 1.00-5.00

 

Description:

Postuler à un poste professoral peut être intimidant, et les différentes étapes de la procédure sont souvent mal connues. Cet atelier présentera le fonctionnement de la procédure, depuis le moment de l’annonce du poste jusqu’à la décision d’engagement. Il montrera aussi et surtout quels éléments essentiels vous aideront à augmenter vos chances de succès.

Cet atelier vous aidera à être bien préparée au moment de la postulation, en offrant des réponses aux questions suivantes :

  • Comment fonctionne le processus de recrutement
  • Comment fonctionne la commission de recrutement et qui décide quoi
  • Comment interagir avec la commission de recrutement
  • Comment préparer votre dossier de candidature
  • Comment préparer votre visite : présentation, entretien, discussion avec les membres du département/institut/faculté

 

Trainer: Sibyl Schädeli, trainer and coach specialized in issues of leadership and power.

 

Langue: The workshop will be given in French. Participants will be free to speak French or English as preferred. 

 

Workshop description

Programme closing event

Date and time: May 12th 2020, 1.00 to 5.30 (followed by an aperitif)

 

Participants will first take part in one last workshop titled “Active networking — An important professional success factor” (1.00 to 5.00), with trainer Dr. Monika Clausen (in English).

 

The workshop will be followed by a reflexive wrap-up discussion (5.00-5.30) and a festive aperitif.

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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