Summer is in full swing and many graduates; despite promising themselves a well deserved gap year, are faced with the mounting bills arriving on their doormat each morning. The unfortunate reality is, that they will have to find a job; easier said than done! The first hurdle is to decide on what to apply for, this indeed requires a degree or two just to understand the different levels, titles and positions on offer.
I have just spent the last couple of weeks looking through the Jobs.ac.uk website (where else?) at lecturing and research positions, and collated the following data:
|Title||Minimum Academic Requirements||Salary|
|Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Events & Hospitality Management||A research degree (PhD/ DBA/ MPhil)||£37,660 to £49,381|
|Research Fellow||A doctoral degree in a relevant discipline||£30,434 to £37,394|
|Research Associate||A master’s degree and a PhD||£31,342 to £34,233|
|Professor/Associate Professor of Events & Leisure||You will be qualified to Doctorate level or equivalent and be research active||£59,619 – £74,256 per annum with further progression opportunities to £81,672|
|Associate Professor||You will be qualified to Doctorate level or equivalent and be research active||£53,248 – £58,172 with further progression opportunities to £65,796|
|Un-established Lecturer||The successful candidate will hold a PhD||£38,511 to £48,743|
Despite my efforts, I must confess that I am none the wiser, albeit each position is dependent on the location within the UK; as is the salary awarded, and all require a PhD despite the variations in salary being £30,434 -£81,672, so yes I guess experience does matter!
The second hurdle is to decipher the language used in the job descriptions:
- ‘To undertake such other duties as may be required by or on behalf of the institute provided that they are consistent with the nature of the post’.
- ‘Contribute to consultancy and income generation activities’
- ‘Flexibility and the ability to work independently and use own initiative.’
- ‘Required to convey and understand communication of a complex or conceptual nature which typically would not be immediately understandable to those outside the area of work’.
The third hurdle is to fill in the online application forms; once upon a time we simply doctored the application letter and CV to fit the position, now you must register, think of a password that has not been used, and fill in endless questions before you are allowed to move to the next section of the form.
If you have given up by now, just take a glance at the mounting pile at the door and keep on going!