Careers Forum archive

The SMI Careers Forum was initiated in early 2016. See below for details.

January 2019: Careers Forum on postgraduate skills development. See the full report and supplementary materials here. The 2019 SMI Careers Forum was hosted by Dundalk Institute of Technology during the SMI/ICTM-IE Postgraduate Conference. Chaired by the 2018–21 Student Representative Bryan Whitelaw (Queen’s University Belfast), the forum aimed to deliver a discussion around the current realities of academic employment. Topics for discussion focused on skills development during postgraduate studies, including the cultivation of those skills that are attractive to a variety of employers; strategic planning of career trajectory; the benefits and risks of active self-promotion and networking; and the growing need for a digital footprint. This year’s guest speakers were Dr Laura Anderson (Maynooth University), Dr Helen Lawlor (Dundalk Institute of Technology), Dr Michael Lee (Trinity College Dublin) and Dr Aidan Thomson (NUI Galway).

December 2016: Careers Forum on thesis completion and publishing. See the full report and supplementary materials here. The second SMI Careers Forum, on 10 December 2016 at the School of Music, University College Dublin, was hosted by the Tenth Annual Postgraduate Conference of the Society for Musicology in Ireland, jointly organised with the Ireland branch of the International Council for Traditional Music. In an extensive round-table discussion chaired by Stephanie Ford (Maynooth University), the aim was to shed light on thesis completion and publication issues within the broad field of music studies. Key areas included administrative aspects of the thesis completion process, procedures involved in publishing articles during and after the PhD, turning the PhD thesis into a monograph, the significance of publishing experience for further academic career paths and such aspects as funding and postdoc applications after the PhD. The five guest speakers were: Dr Paul Everett (former Head of Department, UCC), Dr Jaime Jones (Head of School, UCD), Dr Áine Mangaoang (Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Oslo), Prof. Christopher Morris (Head of Department, Maynooth University), and Prof. Bennett Zon (Durham University).

January 2016: Careers Forum on careers in musicology. See the full report and supplementary materials here. On 16 January 2016, students, lecturers, and members of the public were welcomed to the first SMI Careers Forum, hosted by the Ninth Annual Postgraduate Conference of the Society for Musicology in Ireland, at Trinity College Dublin. The aim was to shed light on different career aspects related to the field of musicology: possible career paths, crucial skills and qualifications, the role of the SMI and other learned societies, and funding opportunities. The five guest speakers were: Stephanie Ford (PhD Candidate, Maynooth University), Dr Nicole Grimes (Keele University, Marie Curie Outgoing Fellow 2011–2014), Prof. Julian Horton (Durham University, President of the SMA), Dr Gwen Moore (Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, Chairperson of the SMEI), and Roy Stanley (Music Librarian at Trinity College Dublin).