History UK, History Lab Plus and the Institute of Historical Research
Academic Job Boot Camp
Institute of Historical Research, Senate House London
14 May 2016: 13.15-17.00
Are you starting to think about applying for your first lectureship in history? Submitting applications and never hearing back? The Academic Job Boot Camp is a free half-day event for early career historians sponsored by History UK, History Lab Plus and the Institute of Historical Research. It will help you to structure your academic CV, hone your cover letter, rehearse your job presentation and undergo a mock interview, as well as demystifying some of the processes around academic recruitment. The experience, feedback and advice you receive at the event is designed to improve your chances the next time you apply for an academic job.
How will the boot camp work? Participants will take part in a simulation of all stages of the job application process up to and including being interviewed as a shortlisted candidate. Twenty-five applicants will be invited to be interviewed at a half-day boot camp on 14 May 2016 at the Institute of Historical Research in London. There they will be interviewed by pairs of experienced academics drawn from a dozen universities nationwide. They will also deliver job presentations to other early career historians. All participants will receive feedback on their interview and presentation and will have the opportunity to observe how others fare. The event will end with a roundtable on how to make your job application succeed, after which there will be drinks, a free dinner and networking opportunities at a nearby pub and restaurant.
Itinerary (all locations at Institute of Historical Research):
13:15-13:30 Welcome and introductions (Wolfson II)
13:30-16:00 Mock Interviews (30 minutes each incl. feedback, conducted by pairs of academics: N304, N202, N204, N203, N102)
13:30-16:00 Job presentations (10 minutes each in front of other early career historians who provide written feedback: Wolfson II and Pollard Seminar Room N301)
16:00-17:00 Roundtable on Myths and Truths about Applying and Interviewing for Academic Jobs (Wolfson II)
17.00-19.30 Pub then dinner at a nearby restaurant
This event is free and sponsored by History UK, History Lab Plus and the Institute of Historical Research. All early career historians are encouraged to apply, with preference being given to those who have completed their PhDs.
To participate, you will need to apply for an imaginary lectureship in a real history programme. Please read the job requirements of the Imaginary Lectureship in History at http://historyuktestone.blogs.lincoln.ac.uk/profession/ and the further particulars (http://historyuktestone.blogs.lincoln.ac.uk/files/2016/04/Imaginary-Lectureship-in-History-Further-Particulars.pdf), then submit a letter of application and CV to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline is midnight on Sunday 1 May and applicants will be contacted by Tuesday 3 May.