Career development - why you should think about it now

Louise Thomas, Wednesday 24 March, 3.15-4.15pm, Workshop 7E, CMR01

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14 March 2010

Louise Thomas

Wednesday 24 March 3.15-4.15pm
Workshop 7E
Central Meeting Room 01

It’s never too soon to start thinking about what you want to do after your PhD.  This session will cover practical things that you can do during your PhD that will help you in the job market, whether remaining in academia or outside.  We’ll look at your key skills and which you need to think about developing and hints and tips for CV writing.

Louise Thomas obtained her BSc Hons. in Geochemistry in 1993 from Royal Holloway College, University of London, then worked in industry as a technical assistant/PA at BP Exploration for the Vietnam team.  She joined The Open University in 1995 to do a PhD on geochemistry and radioactivity in rocks from the Canary Islands. Since then she has worked in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences as Postdoctoral Researcher and then as a project officer managing a suite of labsShe is currently works for the NERC Uranium Series facility which covers research into a wide range of topics from palaeo-environment in cave and lake sediments, to evolutions of volcanoes.  During her time at the OU, she has worked in the Research School for a 6 month sabbatical organising workshops and conferences and bids for funding. She has facilitated the bi-annual careers course for the PhD researchers (and some for postdoctoral reseachers) for 6 years.

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