The initial ‘Reflect’ stage of Alex’s journey enabled him to figure out what he really enjoyed and excelled at in his work (and, conversely, what he liked the least), and what he really wanted from his career in the long-run. It was at this point that he realised a future in academia probably wasn’t for him. And through the group coaching sessions he discovered that he was far from alone in his worries and uncertainties.
Through Prosper’s ‘Explore’-themed resources, Alex was able to use his newfound self-knowledge to focus his
search for a role and sector he could see himself thriving in. Sessions with senior representatives from employers – many of whom had once been postdocs themselves – allowed him to get a deeper sense of what working for these organisations entailed, and how to go about approaching them.
However, even at this stage, Alex didn’t expect to make any moves in the immediate future. Then came Prosper’s ‘Act’-themed sessions.
“I attended some Prosper sessions on very practical things such as ‘how to write a CV’, ‘getting started with LinkedIn’. To be honest I wasn’t really sure if they were that relevant to me at the time.”
Nevertheless, Alex set aside a few hours to set up a LinkedIn profile, following the advice he’d picked up. What happened next changed everything.
“It [LinkedIn] was more enjoyable than I expected – addictive even – especially once you start seeing your network grow. I made a conscious effort to ensure my profile drew attention to the skills, background and experience I had learned were key to the roles I had taken an interest in.
Just a few weeks later I was – to my surprise – approached by a recruiter. Still not expecting much, I decided to apply to start getting experience of the job application process. The tight turnaround meant I had to write my non-academic CV overnight, essentially from scratch – the Prosper CV seminar and support from my coach was invaluable here.
Then I was offered an interview – for which a Prosper session on networking I had recently attended, again, proved invaluable. It went well. I was offered a second interview, this time with the CEO. Then I got the job.”