A Series of Hurdles!

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!


About Annette Kappert

Annette has had a mixed and varied career: she began working as a trainee Travel Consultant at Global Travel, Montego Bay during high school and has never looked back. After graduating she became an Entertainment Coordinator at The Seawind Beach Resort, but her crave for education led her to pursue a teaching qualification in Home Economics specializing in: Food and Nutrition, Fashion, and Design. Since then Annette has continued to combine her love for industry and education and worked for a number of four and five star hotels on Jamaica’s north coast; progressing to Food and Beverage Manager at the Ambiance Hotel, Runaway Bay. By 1994, Annette returned to England to pursue a degree in Design, Media and Management at UCE in Birmingham, followed by a Post grad in Innovation Studies at The University of Huddersfield. During this time she worked part time for ATMays Travel a subsidiary of Carlson Wagonlit. After graduating, Annette became Assistant Manager at Going Places part of The MyTravel Group PLC, Travel Agency Manager, at the Tourist Information Centre in Leicester and Field Studies Coordinator for Queens University (Canada) at Herstmonceux Castle, East Sussex. In 2001, Annette migrated to The Netherlands and has continued to mix her love for education and industry. She completed a MA in Education in 2004 and is currently working on an EdD in Educational Leadership at the University of Nottingham. Her research interests are narrative based: autoethnography and ethnography, with particular reference to the experience of migrants in education. She also teaches on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes at Hotel School The Hague, Babel (University of Utrecht) and is an Associate Academic for the University of Derby.

One Response to A Series of Hurdles!

  1. Carl Michael says:

    Researching and applying for these type of positions is a full time job in itself. As you mention, registering, filling out the set applications forms, and then your personal statement which need to be tailored to the position. Add to that most organisations have equal opportunities forms that need filling out and handing too. It’s a laborious task but what’s the alternative?

    I do agree that job descriptions could be written better. I remember back when I was studying and we had a whole module on HR and recruitment, we tore apart most job descriptions. Then what happens? The University goes and makes the same mistakes in it’s own listings.

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