Do you ever think about a future career? How do you imagine it? What can you do now to help move towards your dream career?
Straight after submitting your thesis and surviving the Viva, career prospect becomes the next big issue. What can you do to mitigate the stress of the transition period? There are ways that you can prepare throughout your PhD (and without neglecting the PhD itself).
The preparation in the early phase of your career planning may focus more on exploring the opportunities. This phase will help you obtain the information to inform your early career decisions in a more relaxed, less stressful, timescale.
So, what can you do? Here are some suggestions:
- Engage in a range of activities to build your CV and acquire relevant skills. Check the Research Development Framework to get an idea of what you might demonstrate in your CV. Review that skills that you have developed and your current strengths.
- Talk with your peers and see how they envisage their career options. You might seek out external contacts through your research or at external conferences. Consider also talking to junior members of staff within your department to ask them about their transition period to becoming a Lecturer or research staff
- Make a casual exploration of the job market to see what is currently available. When you find jobs of interest, check the requirements to see what you need to do to gain a similar position.
- Get additional advice on good practice in the preparation and application process. You can get that, and other useful insights in LDC Development career workshops. Don’t hesitate, join us! Get yourself ready for the job you want!
The ‘What Next?’ Video offers one way to start your career exploration and preparation. This video includes expert interviews and case studies that illustrate your options after the PhD, covering routes both inside and outside academia.
LDC Development Careers programme
If you are approaching the end of the degree and need practical guidance to start the applications process, join us for the: PGR’ Career Ready’ Bootcamp 5 Mar 09:15 – 16:00
This full day Bootcamp will help you make well informed and considered choices about the next steps. Last year’s participants found the workshop very useful:
‘Great session for thinking about career goals and for putting in place a plan of action for career planning/preparation.’
‘An engaging workshop to get you thinking about your career options. Very thorough and really helpful!’
Further related workshops and webinars will be of interest to researches at any stage of the PhD. The dates coming up include
|19 Mar||09:15 – 12:30||The career wise researcher|
|19 Mar||13:30 – 14:30||Webinar: Developing your interview skills|
|26 Mar||09:15 – 12:30||Effective career networking|
|2 Apr||09:15 – 12:30||Shining at interview|
|2 Apr||13:30 – 14:30||Webinar: Developing effective CVs and applications|