We checked that each postdoc had signed the participant agreement, and completed the initial benchmark evaluation survey before they were welcomed onto cohort (granted access to cohort area of portal, dedicated SharePoint and instant messaging platform).
Postdocs were assigned to one of five external career coaches. Postdocs were mixed to ensure coaching groups contained a mix of discipline, gender and ethnicity. All postdocs were given coaching guidelines, for them as coachees. The postdoc assignments were emailed to the respective coach, each coach then arranged times/dates for their coaching sessions. For information about coaching see our page on how to organise career coaching for Prosper.
PI agreement for postdoc participation was sought and secured by each individual postdoc.
We encouraged cohort members to virtually introduce themselves on Mural. Download are example Mural here.
Cohort members were emailed a comprehensive welcome pack and the same information was made available on the cohort-only area of the portal for their easy reference. An FAQs page on the cohort-only area of the portal was also provided. In addition, we held a number of live, virtual welcome drop-in sessions to answer any cohort queries. We created several videos welcoming the cohort and outlining the different aspects of the cohort.
We held a virtual induction session to get the cohort together and to uncover any shared concerns. The session participants were asked ‘how do you feel about career transition?’ and ‘What concerns you about taking part in Prosper?’ which they answered individually before moving into groups to share and discuss. Each group was asked to collectively agree just two responses to feedback. These responses were collected and all participants were asked to anonymously vote for which was the most significant for them at the moment. The concerns raised were addressed during the session. See the video below for an overview of the session.
We ran a buddy scheme from the start of cohort 2, initially running it as compulsory and then switched to opt-out. See the how to run a buddy scheme page for more details.