REBECA 2020

SHARING AND LEARNING

Have your ever received an inspiring not-so-expected piece of advice that at some point could change your life?

Researchers' professional lifes are versatile and diverse. Their competences and skills are extremely valuable in many different jobs and sectors. REBECA wants to facilitate young researchers reflect about their options beyond academia.

REBECA aims at putting in touch 50 early stage researchers with an interest in exploring new career options with highly skilled professionals working beyond academia, in order to structure an inspiring and fruitful relationship between them that will support these researchers in their professional career and personal growth.

 

This edition of REBECA is implemented and managed by FECYT in its role of EURAXESS Spain coordinator.

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Co-organised with:

Raicex

20% of the mentee positions will be available for researchers currently working outside of Spain.

 

PREVIOUS EDITIONS

The first edition was implemented in 2019 as a pilot within the EURAXESS TOP IV project. You can find information about previous editions and results here:

REBECA 1st Edition 2019

 

REBECA KEY ELEMENTS

  • GOALS:
    • Supporting young researchers in their reflection about career goals, competencies and professional options, by putting them in contact with highly skilled professionals outside of academia.
    • Building an intergenerational and intersectoral network of professionals with interest in supporting early stage researchers to advance in their careers.
    • Promoting researcher careers in professional environments outside of academia.
    • Improving the connections between academia and other sectors
  • VIRTUAL
    • The training and the mentor/mentee meetings will be organized virtually.
  • VOLUNTARY
    • We aim at creating altruistic personal connections
  • 6 MONTHS PROGRAMME
    • Mentors will be supported to facilitate their mentoring role.
    • Mentors and mentees are expected to meet at least 6 times.
  • TOPICS recommended to address include
    • Professional career aspirations
    • What is “Moving Beyond Academia” about?
    • What are the key differences between the academic and non-academic sectors?
    • Branching out: beyond academia and industry
    • Key hard skills
    • Key soft skills
    • Deepen into some soft skills:
      • Gender considerations for STEM professionals
      • How to network
      • Conflict management
      • Time management: life-work balance
      • Communication
    • Self-awareness: over-qualification vs impostor syndrome
    • Career progression
    • What have we achieved? What comes next?

CALENDAR*

  • Identification and recruitment of mentors
  • Open call for mentors
  • Open call for early stage researchers as mentees

Registration is now open! (deadline 30th November 23:59 CET)

 
*Disclaimer: Due to COVID-19 pandemic, dates may be subject of minor adjustments

 

WHAT KIND OF MENTORS ARE WE LOOKING FOR?

  • Are you a STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics), social science or humanities professional working in industry, government, third sector, etc.?
  • Do you have a science or technology related job outside academic research?
  • We are open about the area you are working on. For us, the important thing is to put researchers in contact with other professionals working in non-academic positions. The more diverse the connections we achieve, the better.
  • Some background knowledge on research academic careers is not essential, but would be welcomed.
  • Selection criteria for mentors.

SOME GOOD REASONS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAMME

  • Would you like to learn how to be a mentor and how that role can support younger professionals?
  • Did you have a mentor yourself and you feel you could be a good one?
  • Would you like to network with early stage research professionals with different views and knowledge?
  • We especially encourage women to participate in the programme!

WHAT KIND OF RESEARCHERS ARE WE LOOKING FOR?

  • Are you a PhD candidate, or have recently obtained your PhD, and you are thinking that your next career step could be beyond academia?
  • Do you feel you don´t have enough knowledge about your career options beyond academia?
  • We especially encourage women to participate in the programme!
  • Selection criteria for mentees.

SOME GOOD REASONS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAMME

  • Would you like to meet highly skilled professionals and discuss with them what your aspirations are, and what would be the necessary steps to achieve them?
  • Would you like to empower yourself for your next career move?

 

You can download here the REBECA 2020 leaflet (720 KB)

 

If you are interested or would like more information, please contact us