Mentoring is not the same as coaching, teaching or training. It is a relationship, initiated and led by you, the ‘mentee’ to enhance your personal and professional development. If you need an ally in your battle for a competitive job and want someone to champion your success, a mentor could be the answer.
If you’re feeling bored, you could try walking into your careers service and asking ‘Got any information about jobs?’ See what response you get if you can’t be any more specific. But occasionally students confess that they have done pretty much the same thing on-line, starting their career investigations by typing ‘jobs’ into Google.
We gain transferable skills through a range of experiences – not necessarily in a sector or relevant work place. The key is to identify where you have demonstrated these skills in the past, in your own experiences and illustrate these in your applications.
Just when you thought that understanding Godel’s incompleteness theorems were the most difficult questions you could face on your mathematics degree, along came an even more challenging one. What will you do if you have decided you don’t want to work in finance?
This is a phrase which you see plastered all over graduate recruitment and careers websites and it gets right on my nerves. Now don’t get me wrong, it’s not for a minute because I think that you should give up on trying to find something that suits you and just settle for any old rubbish …
If you want to ‘make a difference’ through your work but aren’t yet clear what shape this might take, answering the following questions may help you move from a gut feeling of wanting to do something worthwhile to a clearer goal and a plan.
People move jobs more and more nowadays, often into new fields, disciplines and roles. Our job titles may reflect this or they may not – I moved straight into my last role as “Senior Careers Consultant” – scary! As a PhD you may be moving into one of the most “rarefied” of atmospheres.