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

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 "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"Pitching myself for industry"

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.

 

 

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.

 

Pitching myself for industry - Coaching individuel

Dates and schedule : April-mai 2021

 

Description 

As a follow up to the “Pitching myself for industry” 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.

 

Coach 

Romaine Johnstone, certified executive coach, facilitator, and trainer

Language

 

Participants are free to speak in French or English.

Programme closing event

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.

 

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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