Summer Term 2015

Careers events this term will help you consider staying in academia and/or moving outside academia. Book up on CareerHub (more details of events below).

Job vacancies

Use our vacancy list: there are currently 412 full-time permanent opportunities advertised on our searchable list of graduate vacancies. Many of these are suitable for people with PhDs and others specify this as a requirement. You are encouraged to apply! Start by searching the vacancy list on CareerHub: Information about finding jobs in academia in the UK and overseas is available too.

We also offer you ….

One-to-one consultations for PhD students and research staff to discuss your options, help you plan ahead and prepare for recruitment and selection. These appointments are available whatever stage you are at in your doctoral studies or early stage research career. Please don’t leave it until the last minute.

Five careers seminars for PhD students, plus other careers events:

1. Academic job interviews: coping with difficult questions Weds 27 May 2 – 3.30pm

Selection processes for academic jobs include: panel interviews, individual discussions, job talk/presentations and informal networking. This session will help you to prepare and has two parts:

  1. Careers Consultant, Catherine Reynolds will help you understand and prepare for all of the activities and answer your questions.
  2. Speakers who have been involved in selection processes recently, either as selectors or participants, will share their insights into what is expected and their advice on how to prepare for difficult questions. Booking via TLC

 2. Understanding the UK academic job market Mon 1 June 1pm Book now

This session will help you understand:

  • UK academic career paths, the roles and ways to progress
  • the structure of the UK higher education sector
  • differences between universities, how research is funded and how the quality of research and teaching is assessed
  • what is in the minds of selection panelists when interviewing candidates for academic jobs

 3. Outside academia PhD panel (for PhD students and research staff) Weds 3 June 5pm

Hear from social scientists with PhDs who’ve developed their careers in research outside academia. Ask them the questions that are concerning you. This session will help you understand:

  • the opportunities that are available, how to find them and then make the most of them
  • how other people presented themselves effectively to employers outside academia
  • the pros and cons of working outside academia

Details of speakers and organisations will be posted on Career Hub. Book now

4. What career would suit me?: developing career ideas (for PhD students and research staff) Mon 15 June 1pm Book now

Career development for PhD students and research staff who are thinking about different career options or are unsure of their career direction. This session will help you to:

  • reflect on what is important to you about work and your preferences
  • review your situation and inform your next career decisions
  • assess your current priorities

5. Selection processes for jobs outside academia (for PhD students and research staff) Mon 29 June 1pm Book now

Written applications and interviews, group exercises and presentations. Jobs outside academia, for example, the Civil Service or international organisations, use a range of exercises to select candidates. This is a chance to find out what’s involved and practise some techniques.

6 Employer events and meetings on and off campus

For example, McKinsey; E.ON; Lazards are all inviting you to meet them this term. The Graduate Recruitment Fair on 11 June will include AlphaSights; Management Solutions; Deloitte; P&G; ICAEW and more. Find out more and book your place. Follow specific employers on CareerHub and keep up to date with the organisation’s news. Start with an industry search. Let me know if there are other events you think would be helpful. Good luck with your career planning and enjoy your life!

Catherine Reynolds