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PITCH YOURSELF!

Connect and interact with non-academic professionals


CONTENT

The UHasselt doctoral schools yearly organize an event, Pitch yourself!, at which junior researchers are brought into contact with HR managers and employees from various companies. This event was previously called 'PhD 2.0: What's next?'. The current edition takes place on November 25 & 26, 2020 (postponed due to the Corona crisis). This unique event consists of a combination of a workshop, a panel session and a reception.

On November 25, participants learn how to best introduce themselves in a positive way - as they would do at a job interview -, in a workshop by Dr Robin Lefèbvre (Grow2Excel). On November 26, a panel session is organized where participants are brought into contact with managers/employees from various companies relevant to their field, as well as HR specialists.

Workshop - 'Pitch perfect or pitch in practice?'

Do you think it is easy to capture the positive attention of your dream-organisation’s CEO in 1 minute or less? If you are nodding your head in self-assured agreement, then the workshop on November 25 is likely not for you. For all others, in this workshop you will learn how to structure a perfect pitch that can capture your target audience and go from a presentation to a conversation … and perhaps an invitation. You’ll put the theory in practice and leverage pre-work to increase the quality of your pitch and get feedback on your efforts. Different types of pitches will be covered, as well as the question where what is best used. Also, you will discuss how you can make it ‘natural’ so you will actually use your pitch.

During this workshop you will....

  • Learn the different parts of a perfect pitch,
  • Learn how to give a clear and convincing 1-min presentation that captures the attention of your target audience,
  • Learn how to make a pitch, so that you will actually pitch-it.

Panel session

During this session, you will be asked to introduce yourself to the panel as if you were applying for a job. The panel can ask questions. In a next step, the panel members will provide both feedback and useful tips and tricks, and you will be able to ask a question to the panel, too. In order to cool down and to close the event, there is a networking reception.


PRACTICALITIES

For whom?

  • PhD students in the second half of their PhD & postdocs
  • max 15 participants

What, when & where?

  • November 25, 2020
    • 10:00-17:00 - workshop by Dr Robin Lefèbvre
      • location tbd
  • November 26, 2020
    • 15:00-15:30 - welcome
      • location tbd
    • 15:30-17:00 - panel session
      • location tbd
    • 17.00-18.00: networking reception
      • location tbd

Registration & preparation?

  • Please apply by sending an e-mail to doctoralschools@uhasselt.be by October 12, 2020, with subject: 'Application Pitch yourself'. The e-mail should include a short motivation, your first name, last name, faculty, and start date PhD/postdoc. You will receive a confirmation e-mail if you are selected to participate.
  • As preparation, you will need to think about how to introduce yourself, come up with at least one question to ask the managers present, and send in your CV (which will be delivered to the managers afterwards).
  • Please cancel your registration at least one week in advance in case you cannot make it (cf. cancellation & no-show policy).

Acknowledged as?

  • DS BSH: category 'career management & personal development' - workshop on career management
  • DS HLS: category 'transferable skills' - one compulsory elective course
  • DS ST: category 'career & personal development' - one course about career development

IN THE WORDS OF PARTICIPANTS:

I can highly advise everyone to take this course if the job hunt is coming to your doorstep! First you will participate in a whole day of "pitching class" in which you learn to think about yourself and your goals. These insights will allow you to "sell" yourself in a convincing way to a company (or other institution) of interest. The next day the theory is put into practice by pitching in front of a variety of company delegates. They really help with highlighting the points to work on and what is good/perfect already!
(participant in 2019)

After following this course, I feel much more prepared for job interviews outside of academia. During the first session, we had to do 2 pitches: one at the beginning and one at the end of the course. In this way, you see yourself improving even within this 1-day session. The panel interview gave me a good idea on what kind of questions are asked during a job interview, and the suggestions of the panel members were really useful for future interviews!
(participant in 2019)

This workshop is a great opportunity for all PhD students and postdocs to learn how to present themselves to a non-academic public. Even if you are planning to stay at academia, it is nice to understand how people from other fields perceive you. You learn how the bring a message across. The panel session, where you present yourself to recruiters, gives you the chance to be in a simulated interview setting. You experience the stress that goes along with an interview. This is something very precious to experience before going to a real interview. I recommend this course to everyone and I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did!
(participant in 2018)

The set-up of the panel session was as in a job interview, only here it was a mock job interview. We were requested to present and pitch ourselves, and we were interviewed as if applying for a job. This allowed us to gain experience in answering questions and to learn which questions can be asked. Each participant did this and for all of us there was feedback and the possibility to ask questions to the panel members. This really offers you insight in the interview process, but also helps you grow in doing an interview. The feedback was very good and valuable to everyone, and could even be confronting. I would advise anyone to follow this workshop near the end of their PhD or postdoc, even if you aim at staying in academia. Even in this last case, the workshop can offer you insights in yourself and help you to be more successful.
(participant in 2017)