UCC has introduced a new programme to enable research staff to pursue rewarding careers beyond academia. The programme is called The Odyssey Programme as it is a career journey. The programme launched as a pilot in July 2018. Since then 156 of UCC's Researchers and PhD students have participated in the 2 day programme in transformative training.
The programme is designed to enable researchers in UCC to adapt, integrate and expand on their existing expertise to prepare for the many diverse career choices ahead of them. It also highlights the significant differences and/or advantages to the many workplace cultures that exist beyond academia. In a time of increasing career complexity, researchers must pursue professional opportunities not only in academia but also in industry, government, non-profits, and entrepreneurship. **
The content of the modules are:
Organisational cultures beyond academia
What are the metrics for success in organisations beyond academia
The numbers - the facts about careers in academia
Fear and personal change
Changing your perspective
Career opportunities available to researchers in a range of work environments
Specific research skills valued by organisations beyond academia
How applications are won and lost
Using research skills resourcefully to move beyond academia
Discover the skills you already have!
Develop a career action plan
Speakers who have successfully transitioned from academia to other domains
It also includes:
Meeting with participants individually prior to the programme to explain the programme and get to know them and their career expectations
Meeting with participants individually after the programme for individual CV Clinics
Tracking the careers of those who completed the programme for 2 years (with their permission of course!)
For further information on the Odyssey Programme please contact Mary O'Regan HR Research Manager UCC email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary O'Regan HR Research Manager University College Cork
All the trainers are experienced in working within a university environment (Research or Academic) and provide expert knowledge of organisational culture and practice in business/industry/non-profit work environments. They also bring experience of career and professional practices in work environments beyond academia.
RESULTS SINCE PILOT LAUNCHED IN JULY 2018 Of the 177 PhD students and research staff who completed the programme:
• 34% have pursued rewarding careers beyond academia.
• 36% have remained in UCC in the same role or have been promoted.
• 26% are completing PhD’s.
• 4% have moved on to other universities globally in research/academic roles.
The 34% who have moved beyond academia hold roles such as: Environmental NGO Project Member, Medical Affairs Officer, Senior Metabolic Engineer, Global Scientific Communications Associate, Regulatory Writer, Information Developer, Clinical Trials Associate, Associate Scientist and/or Associate Research Scientist, Operations Manager, Clinical Biochemist and many more.