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Connecting with Industry

Connecting with Industry is a certificated, interactive on-line programme that equips researchers with the tools, skills and confidence required to work more effectively with industry.  The programme offers a blend of group working with peers and individual study to explore key concepts and apply new skills and tools to current situations.

Working on the Connecting with Industry Programme is really beneficial for people like me, as it gives me the chance to connect in to some really enthusiastic people at the start of their careers. The questions they’ve asked have helped to challenge me on what me and my team are doing and how we do it, and it’s great to get those outside perspectives on the work we do. It also represents a great potential recruitment pipeline, and I’ve recently hired a new team member who I met through one of these events!

Rosh Sellahewa

What this programme offers, as attendees prepare to transition out of the post-doc years is beyond compare. I only wish I could have attended when I was a PhD student student, making the move into both advising industry in my specialist research area, and self-employment nearly 20 years ago. Skillfluence have cracked a tough nut in this offering.’

Suzanne Doyle Morris

PROGRAMME OVERVIEW

The programme is organised into 6 modules, typically run on weekly cycles over 6 weeks. Each module includes self-study elements, a live on-line workshop with peers, application activities and a conversation with industry session. Below is an overview of the key topic areas covered in the programme.

Exploring Opportunities in Industry

Learn what it takes to successfully transition to a career in industry. Consider a range of career paths based on your skills, values and interests; learn what it’s like to work in industry and understand more fully what it takes to get your “dream job”.

Discovering Where You Add Value in Industry

Explore challenges, problems and opportunities facing a specific industry. Work to connect-the-dots between these issues and your research, skills and interests, helping you discover opportunities for how you can add value in industry.

Speaking the Language of Business

Learn key business frameworks and terminology, enabling you to more effectively speak “the language of business”. This will help you engage more confidently with businesses, translating your research and academic experience in a way that is relevant to businesses.

Communicating your Value to Industry

Learn how to develop clear and impactful communication that articulates to business and industry how you can add value. As a result, you’ll feel more confident and motivated to pro-actively engage with industry and businesses.

Positioning Yourself as an Expert to Industry

You’re provided with a roadmap for how to become recognised by industry as an “expert”. Learn to take a strategic approach to presenting yourself to industry and identify specific actions to establish expert status in the mind of industry.

Building Meaningful Relationships with Industry

Apply a framework for thinking strategically about growing and nurturing professional relationships. Consider your goals and develop a plan to pro-actively develop relationships in a way that helps you deliver greater impact.

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

Connecting with Industry is a rich, varied and engaging skills development programme. The course is hosted on our e-learning platform where you can access course content and downloadable resources.

Self-Study Lessons

Multimedia content covering key concepts, frameworks and principles. This includes video lessons, recorded interviews with subject matter experts, selected readings and links to externally hosted materials. You have access to this material throughout the programme.

Live on-line Workshops

Interactive zoom-based group workshops that give you the opportunity to activate tools and skills with your peers in a supportive environment. We apply a range of tools to support group work and collaboration, including online breakout rooms, virtual whiteboards and digital collaborative spaces.

Application & Action

Each module includes 1 key application activity. These activities encourage you to apply the principles and tools to your situation. The insights gained through these activities are captured in a learning log which is submitted for review at the end of the programme.

Downloadable Resources

You have access to a range of downloadable resources throughout the programme, including pdf’s of presentation slides, worksheets & templates and a selection of short texts. These materials become a valuable part of your resource & skills toolbox.

Conversations with Industry

Facilitated group discussions with professionals experienced working in, or with, industry. The “Conversations” are live interactive forums with diverse guests who provide context, inspiration and real-world stories. They also offer the opportunity for you to expand your network and build relationships with key industry contacts. It’s not uncommon for these events to lead to opportunities beyond the programme, such as placements, joint research projects or employment.

Time Commitment

Expect to spend 2.5 – 3.5 hrs per week to successfully complete this certified programme. This includes 1 x 1.5 hr online group workshop per module, with the rest of the time spent on self study and application activities to be completed on your own schedule.

Custom Programme Elements

We’ve designed additional programme elements that are often included to further enhance the learner experience. 

Professional Coaching

You receive one-to-one coaching immediately relevant to your personal situation. This helps you build momentum in a specific area, whether it’s exploring career options, starting a business, commercialising research or connecting with potential partners. This provides an opportunity to gain additional insight, receive individual feedback and expand your network and connections in industry. Coaching is a proven approach to drive rich learning and development and can have a significant impact on your progression after the programme.

MultiMind Live Challenges

Fast-paced, complex, stimulating challenges where you work in teams to understand and apply your learning to create potential solutions for real business situations. The challenges require your teams to work at speed, allocate tasks effectively and combine multiple strands to create a quality output. The challenges develop skills, increase confidence, strengthen relationships and establish meaningful connections with industry. Challenges are set by companies or social enterprises and focus on genuine opportunities or challenges facing the organisation.

ABOUT SKILLFLUENCE

We are a specialist training and skills development company who focus on helping researchers develop the skills and confidence to work more effectively in, or with, industry.  We identify best-in-class tools and processes and package them into programmes that meet the unique needs of researchers. During the last 5 years we have worked with more 40 universities in the UK and Europe and trained over 5000 PhD students, early career researchers and academics.

Clients & Partners

We've run Connecting with Industry programmes for PhD students and researchers from a rapidly growing list of top universities.