Career workshop for young postgraduate women

12 May 2008

Twenty-nine young women scientists from AIMS and the Universities of Cape Town and of Stellenbosch participated in Dr Diane Wilcox's workshop on early career adjustment.

It was presented under the auspices of South African Women in Science and Engineering (SAWISE) and HERS-SA, partially sponsored by Element 6 and AIMS, who hosted it.

The programme was designed by Dr Sarah Riordan, a professional organisation psychologist and member of HERS-SA.

The workshop was designed to help postgraduate students to clarify their early career expectations, identify their competencies, prepare their CVs and shape up for formal interviews on entering the job market.

Young postgraduate students grapple with aspects of their early academic careers in the context of personal, family and social expectations.

While they focus on the priority of sharpening their theoretical and technical expertise, they're all too aware of the range of challenges that lie ahead in the next stage of their professional lives.

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