Postgraduate research degrees are the established entry qualification for employment in higher education, however many research graduates go on to be employed outside of academia.
Research graduates are particularly sought by employers in areas where:
- Specialist knowledge or experience is required, eg the IT sector, engineering, pharmaceuticals, media and the arts or in research and development based companies.
- Transferable skills, such as highly developed problem solving and analytical skills, gained through the completion of a Doctorate, will be valued, eg management consultancy or investment banks.
Louise Bamford is the designated careers consultant for research students. Louise runs the career related sessions within the doctoral researcher training programme.
Vacancies, information, advice and networking
Vitae: comprehensive resources to support you during your Doctorate, including tips on managing your research project and your career, plus the latest news and events in higher education. Also includes a careers section with advice on career destinations by discipline, opportunities in and outside academia and CV advice.
Academia.edu: a platform for academics to share research papers.
Euraxess UK: advice from the British Council on living, working and finding work as a researcher in the UK.
TARGET postgrad: details of different types of doctoral research degrees and how to find them, plus career advice for securing a job upon completion
Prospects guide 'What next after your PhD?': comprehensive careers website including detailed information on types of jobs and sectors.
Beyond the PhD: useful University of Reading Centre for Career Management Skills website, aimed at arts and humanities research postgraduates. This website may also be useful for research students from other disciplines.
Researchgate: platform for scientists to connect, collaborate and share publications.
Science careers: careers advice on the US science sector; this website may also be useful for research students from other disciplines and in other regions.
The Social Research Association: careers information and vacancy sources for social researchers.
The Guardian Higher Education network: ideas, insight and debate from the global higher education network.
Times Higher Education: at the heart of the higher education debate.
10 Minutes with- featuring short video-interviews with influential business and technology leaders, and job opportunities.
Top links for advice on staying in academia
An academic career: is it for you, what do academics do and how do you become an academic? (prepared by the University of Manchester).
University and College Union: advice and guidance on pursuing a career in education.
What's it like to be a researcher - case studies from RCUK about careers in academic research, in a variety of disciplines