CARLA, the career launch hub to promote careers in photonics
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Europe faces a situation in which the photonics industry is growing and needs more well-prepared professionals to support its growth and innovation potential. Addressing this pressing need requires engaging all photonics stakeholders to increase the visibility of the outstanding professional opportunities of photonics and provide the future workforce with tools to increase their employability. CARLA, a new European funded project, aims to create a novel, rigorous and tested instrument to address this need at the source. It will develop a model for European photonics career camp −a reproducible 2-day intense, multi-format event− that 1) obtains coordinated input from all stakeholders, 2) encourages STEM university students, PhD students and young postdocs to pursue a career in photonics and 3) can be replicated by other organisations. CARLA will create a robust, competitive and sustainable career camp that will be tested on 11 occasions during the 2020–21 period, solidifying a ready-to-replicate camp model. It will incorporate the dimensions of industry, academia, innovation, entrepreneurship, and employability, putting special attention on empowering diversity, both within the camps and in the future photonics workforce. Sustainability of the model will be ensured through the creation of a virtual careers in photonics hub that will support the photonics community at large during and beyond CARLA, and develop a comprehensive handbook to facilitate camp replication. With the promotion of diversity serving as one of the cornerstones in the design and implementation of CARLA, the project will furthermore translate lessons learned in the camps into an “Empowering Diversity in Photonics” guide applicable to future camps and the photonics community in general.
CitationSanmartí-Vila, L. [et al.]. CARLA, the career launch hub to promote careers in photonics. "Journal of Physics: Photonics", 7 Juliol 2020, vol. 2, núm. 3, p. 31005.