SCMH Summer Online Careers Seminar for PGR Students – A Great Success!

A 3-hour careers seminar for PGR students took place via zoom on the 31st of August. The first session of the workshop involved talks from Dr. Augusto Montezano titled “Navigating a path to Independence: From a PhD to a Fellow” and Prof. Gwyn Gould titled “30 years in academic research: you don’t get this long for murder!”. During this session, Dr. Montezano shared his personal calling to research and life experiences in Brazil and Canada, which influenced his decision to study hypertension. Whilst, Prof. Gould outlined the 1970s movement in wales for education and his life experiences, which drived his decision to enter diabetes research.

The second session followed by a short break included talks from Dr. Rachel Myles, titled “Can two jobs really be better than one? A view on clinical academic careers” and Dr. Sarah Mancini titled “Careers in medical communications”. During this session, students were introduced to the life of a clinician-scientist by Dr Myles and advised on the importance of sufficient time management/mentorship when balancing clinical work along with an academic career.

Furthermore, Dr. Mancini shared her advice for building a portfolio to those wishing to pursue a career in medical writing and the skills sought by medical writing firms. The 52 delegates at the seminar included early career researchers from SCMH, University of Strathclyde and Universities across the United States, Brazil and India. Overall this event was hugely beneficial to PGR students planning to consider careers inside and outside of academic research, and all of the talks stimulated much discussion.

The event organisers Jithin Kuriakose and Alice Main expressed their gratitude to all speakers who dedicated their time from their busy schedules, PGR convenors and Mrs. Dorothy Ronney for their help with organising the event. The event was concluded by asking PGR students feedback/advice for planning future educational events.

By SCMH PGR student Representatives: Jithin Kuriakose and Alice Main

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First published: 1 December 2020