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English Postgraduate Career Workshop

PhD students Tracy McAvinue and Tara Giddens hosted the English Postgraduate Career Workshop on Tuesday 3rd December. It was a full day with three sessions around careers for English students.

Dr David Coughlan (UL) started the day discussing how to write a cover letter and C.V., which included the “do’s and do not’s” of an academic cover letter as well as looking at format, structure, and the various topics to include.

The following session focused on academic publishing. Author Marie Gethins spoke about her own experience publishing while Conor Graham from UCD Press and Lucy Collins from Irish University Review both discussed the process of submitting work to their publications.

Finally, the last session included a panel of both academic and non-academic English graduates in the work place. Elaine Kiely from UL’s Career Office spoke on the importance of transferrable skills and recognising how English students can market their skills in the workforce. She also encouraged English students to visit the Career’s Office if they want help with any step in the application/interview process.

Dr Carrie Griffin (UL) and Dr Maggie O’Neill (NUIG) both spoke on their experience in academic careers focusing on their experience applying for a variety of postdocs. James Lawlor and Robert O’Keeffe shared their experience in non-academic positions and moving from academia to careers outside of academia. Robert advised students to rename their transferable skills to fit the commercial C.V. saying that so many skills English students possess (the ability to express ourselves clearly, see human aspects, and write well) are desirable in any career.

The workshop was attended by a variety of PhD, MA, and early career academics and was funded by the School of English, Irish, and Communication.

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