The NZPSA recognises the importance of its Postgraduate members and aims to foster both excellent research and professional development opportunities. To help facilitate and execute these goals Postgraduate Representatives act as liaisons between postgraduate members and the executive committee. Among other initiatives, the Postgraduate membership has an Annual Postgraduate Pre-Conference Workshop and a communication network established as a forum for discussion, exchange of ideas and the development of relationships among the political studies postgraduate community across Aotearoa New Zealand and beyond. The NZPSA has a range of postgraduate conference prizes and awards for attendance at the UK and Canadian PSA conferences. Our research magazine, Women Talking Politics, also places priority on encouraging the publishing efforts of female postgraduates.
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2015 Postgraduate Workshop
29 November 2015, Massey University, Palmerston North.
The theme for the 2015 Postgraduate Workshop was “Careers for Politics Postgraduates.” The afternoon kicked off with lunch and registration and then moved into a panel session with postgraduates and academics speaking about the current market, employer’s viewpoint, and experiences since graduating. A large part of this session was geared towards answering delegates’ questions. Discussion was focused on the prospects of employment in the academic arena, and also touched on decision making around whether a PhD is right for you. The second session was a skills workshop “Applying for Work – CV and cover letter development” run by John Ross, a Massey Careers Consultant. This workshop covered a range of topics and exercises around applying for work, including: what employers look for, interview skills, and online profiles. The session also covered putting together academic and non-academic CVs. The afternoon closed with discussion and feedback on the Postgraduate Network.
To round out the day, delegates went into the city for a postgraduate dinner. This was a good chance for postgrads to get to know one another, and was a nice way to finish off the afternoon and lead into the rest of the conference.
The workshop was organised by Laura Pascall.
2015 Postgraduate Students' Workshop, Massey University, 29 November - Programme
2014 Postgraduate Students' Workshop, University of Auckland, 30 November - Programme
2013 Postgraduate Students' Workshop, University of Canterbury, 4 December - Programme
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2011 Postgraduate Pre-Conference Event, the University of Otago - Programme
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