Academic career

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While women outnumber men in postdoctoral positions, they remain a minority in permanent academic positions, in particular in professorial positions (see the UNIL gender equality statistics). Studies reveal that a major factor leading women to leave academia is their lack of integration and of formal and informal support structures during the postdoctoral phase (Leeman & Stutz, 2008, p.3).

 

Through workshops and individual mentoring, PROWD Academic career aims to offer women planning to apply for a professorship detailed information on recruiting procedures, advice on the different stages of the application process and on academic career in general, and answers to specific questions many women have about the difficulties related to their experiences and their profile. It also aims to provide opportunities for exchange between participants.

 

With a particular emphasis on the specific issues and difficulties female academics may encounter, PROWD Academic career complements the workshops and activities offered by the Graduate Campus, which PROWD participants are encouraged to follow as well:

  • Academic Career: Demands, Expectations and Preparation
  • Creating the postdoc’s job-hunt package
  • Career cafés

2020-2021 Programme (subject to adjustments)

Programme kick-off event

Date and time: October 29th 2020, 13.40 to 5.30

 

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 "De post-doc à professeure, attentes et préparation "

Date and schedule: 13.11.20, 1.30-5pm & 23.11.20, 3-5pm, online

Description

The aim of this workshop is to sensitize participants to the demands and expectations linked to pursuing an academic career. It presents the foundational elements of self-presentation that apply to hiring processes on the academic track, from applications to interview.
Based on discussion and intensive practical work, the programme will include a review of the career path towards professorship, recruitment processes and CV preparation. Participants will work together to review and develop their CVs.

Intervenantes
Carine Carvalho, Equal Opportunities Officer, Head of Department, Unil
Verity Elston, Head of Careers Advice for Doctoral and Postdoctoral Researchers

Language
The workshop will be held in French and the slides will be in English. The participantes are free to talk in French or English.

Workshop description

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

Date and time: December 1st 2020 from 1 to 5pm

 

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 habilité 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 répondre aux attaques verbales et non-verbales


Trainer

Sibyl Schädeli, formatrice et coach spécialiste des questions de leadership et de pouvoir.

 

Language

L’atelier sera donné en français, les participantes pourront s'exprimer en français ou en anglais selon leur préférence.

 

 

Workshop "Chemin de vie et choix de carrière"

Date and time : December 17th  2020, 9 to 5pm

 

Description

Cet atelier s’adresse aux chercheuses qui se questionnent sur leur choix de carrière. L’avenir sera-t-il académique ou est-ce que la question d’un choix non-académique se pose ? Inspiré des « pratiques narratives », l’atelier permettra aux participantes, au travers de la métaphore du voyage, d’aller à la rencontre de leurs histoires individuelles, de prendre du recul par rapport à leur parcours personnel et professionnel afin de choisir sereinement la meilleure option d’avenir. Elles seront amenées à prendre conscience de leurs histoires de succès, des personnes qui ont joué un rôle clé et des expériences qui ont été décisives, tout en esquissant des voies pertinentes pour leur futur. Elles seront invitées à partager leur histoire professionnelle et se questionner sur leurs forces et leurs freins, mais aussi à prendre conscience de leur sentiment de légitimité en vue de leurs futures activités.


Contenu 

  • Percevoir le sens de sa trajectoire personnelle qui nous conduit vers une carrière académique ou vers d’autres choix professionnels
  • Prendre conscience de sa légitimité́
  • S’approprier son potentiel, ses forces et ses ressources à mettre au service de ses projets
  • Partager oralement son parcours face à un public 

Intervenante 

Florence Hügi, formatrice d’adultes et coach narrative certifiée

 

Langue  

L’atelier sera donné en français. Les participantes pourront s’exprimer en français ou en anglais selon leur préférence.

 

Workshop "Paths to well-being"

Date and schedule : January 28th and February 4th 2021, 12-2pm

 

Description

Given that the pursuit of well-being is fundamental, what should we do to be happier? We will explore this question in two meetings: session 1 will be devoted to understanding the foundations of well-being and how to enhance personal well-being; session 2 will focus on career well-being, with specific discussions about the idiosyncrasies of academia (e.g., completing a PhD or PostDoc, academic career, etc.).

You will soon discover that well-being can be learned but that it is necessary to invest some effort towards its achievement. We will thus complete several exercises and surveys that will tap into different aspects of well-being and are meant to give you a broad overview of possible ways to enhance well-being so that you can identify your preferred interventions and the best ways to apply them. At the end of the workshop you will be armed with a well-being toolbox that you can consult whenever you need.

 

 

Trainer

Francine Petersen, associate professor in the Department of Marketing, Faculty of Business and Economics, UNIL, specializing in consumer psychology and behavior, with a focus on emotions and well-being.

 

Language

The presentations and slides will be in English. Participants can speak in English or French as preferred.  

Workshop “Postuler à un poste de professeure”

Date and time : February 26th 2021, 9:30am-5pm

 

Description

Applying for a professor position can be a daunting process, and often, the different steps of this process are not well known. This workshop shows how the process works, from the moment the job announcement is formulated to the final decision of who receives the job offer. Moreover, and most importantly, this workshop shows what some of the most essential elements are that will help you increase your chances of success. 

This workshop will help you to be well-prepared when you apply, by providing (some) answers to the following questions:

  • How does the recruitment process work
  • How does the recruitment commission work and who decides what
  • How to interact with the recruitment commission
  • How to prepare your application package 
  • How to prepare for your visit: your presentation, interview, discussions with members of the department/institute/faculty

Trainer

Franciska Krings, full professor of Organizational Behavior (Faculty of Business and Economics), 2011-2016 Vice-rector in charge of junior faculty development, UNIL

 

Language

The workshop will be given in French. Participants can speak in French or English as preferred.

 

Workshop "Affirmation de soi et positionnement au travail"

Date and schedule : 27th April 2021

Contenu

En cours d'élaboration

Faire sa place, oser s’affirmer, prendre de nouvelles responsabilités, diriger des équipes, rendre visibles ses compétences et ses ambitions avec authenticité, sont des enjeux qui font appel à l’affirmation de soi et au leadership.
Être femme et leader, cela se construit, parfois en déconstruisant certaines certitudes, croyances et/ou habitudes ancrées…

Trainer

Sigolène Chavane, Artemia Executive, cabinet expert sur les questions d’égalité femmes/hommes dans le monde du travail

 

Language

L’atelier sera donné en français. Les participantes pourront s’exprimer en français ou en anglais selon leur préférence.

 

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.

Date and schedule: May 2021

 

The participants will first take part in a last workshop on networking. (1pm-5pm)

 

It will be followed by a moment to reflect on the programme (5pm-5.30pm) and then concluded by an aperitif.

 

Mentoring

Throughout the programme, each participant will be mentored by one or several UNIL professors, who may give them feedback on their applications or project funding requests or advise them on more general aspects of the academic career.

 

For mentors

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 family and mobility, dual careers, the trial lecture, etc.

 

More information on these events will follow.

Workshop"Pitching myself for industry" (optional for the academic-track)

Date and schedule : February 15th and March 15th 2021

Description

Bridging the gap from academia to industry requires adapting our frame of mind, our discourse and our posture to a new and sometimes unfamiliar audience. We will together build your road map for change from academia to industry exploring your CV, your letter of motivation and your “pitch”.

Trainer

Romaine Johnstone, certified executive coach, facilitator, and trainer 

Language  

The workshop will be held in English. Participants can express themselves either in French or English depending on their preference.

 

 

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