Do you need to update your CV, but never seem to find the time to dedicate? This 1 day writing retreat is offered as a professional development opportunity for research only staff. The programme will provide the opportunity to dedicate the time to writing and updating your CV, but also to hear from Careers Consultants on how to prepare a CV and how best to present your skills to future employees and funders.
This session should be considered as professional development for your workload planning.
10-11am: Session orientation, plenary talk (title tbc) focusing on CVs and presenting your skill set succinctly and tailoring to the sector (plenary, required)
11.00-13.00: Writing block 1*
13.00- 13.30: lunch break
13.30-14.00: 'Round table' focused discussion and Q&A on the topic of 'Converting your academic CV to an industry/business context' (optional)
13.30-15.15: Writing block 2*
15.15-15.30: Take a break
15.30-16.50: Writing block 3*
16.50-17.00: Goal checks and next steps (plenary, required)
*writing block timings are a guide
Throughout the afternoon, we hope to offer short appointments with a Careers Consultant to receive feedback/advice on your CV. Please note that longer appointments are available throughout the year by contacting the Careers and Employability Service. You may also wish to schedule short meetings with your mentor/line manager during the day to discuss your CV (but not your research!).
This one-day online boot camp will be held over Teams, participants can chose whether to keep their webcams on throughout the day, but as a minimum should have the chat box open to receive updates. There will be the option to join a breakout space to follow pre-determined timed writing sessions to assist productivity/provide structure. Resources will be available once you have joined the Teams group.
Ideally, by registering for the retreat you are committing to attend for the full day. However, if there is a small portion (<10%) of this time where you would be unavailable but still wish to attend please email the retreat organiser, Victoria Sedman, before booking your place to discuss.Participants should have all their own resources for writing. You will ideally have a good internet connection and should recognise that this boot camp will require you to be online for the duration of the day.
The following table shows a summary of what is needed to participate in the course.
If you feel you will experience any difficulties participating, please let us know via the ‘special requirements’ tab, providing as much information as possible. The special requirements tab can be completed when you book your place. Alternatively, you can contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Access and/or complete self-study/ pre-bootcamp tasks prior to main session|
|Access MS Teams|
|Attend the bootcamp at the specified date and time|
|Use MS Teams chat box function|
|Engage with online materials|
|Watch and listen to the bootcamp facilitator(s) and/or other attendees|
|Follow presentation slides during the bootcamp|
|Complete reflections document/ workbook|
|Undertake and submit an assessment (to be marked as attended)|
Ideally, by registering for the retreat you are committing to attend for the full day. However, if there is a small portion (<10%) of this time where you would be unavailable but still wish to attend please email the retreat organiser, Victoria Sedman, before booking your place to discuss.
Participants should have all their own resources for writing. You will ideally have a good internet connection and should recognise that this retreat will require you to be online for the duration of the day.
Our webinars/ online courses are very popular, especially in the current period and we are experiencing large volumes of people on our waiting lists.
Please do let us know if you would like to cancel your place on this course so we can offer your place to another delegate.
Please note, attendances for webinars/ online courses will still be recorded and corresponding training points, when shown as available, will be awarded.
Session Access Instructions
This is an online session within Microsoft Teams. A Microsoft Teams site has been created for the Writing Bootcamp and you will be sent the joining link one week before the session. The Teams site will provide resources and meeting links that will enable you to join the plenary talks and chat function throughout the day. Please note there is a short preparatory task for you to complete before joining the bootcamp.
Please ensure that you access the Teams site in advance of the day of the bootcamp to familiarise yourself with the site, and access the preparatory task and any resources you feel appropriate. The Writing Bootcamp will start at 10am prompt on the day.