PhD

A blog for LSE PhD students, postdocs and LSE students considering a PhD

Are you a social innovator?

New career opportunity for PhD students and post-doc researchers from Zinc Transformer:
In October 2017, 40 social innovators will come together in London for a six-month full-time programme, with a mission to solve one of the developed world’s biggest social problems. They will be intensively supported by top entrepreneurs, investors, academics, and tech experts.

The programme is being organised by a […]

Do you want to try the UK academic job market?

The first destination employment rates for LSE PhD graduates are consistently high at over 90% and about 60% of LSE PhD graduates tell us that they have jobs in teaching and or research in higher education six months after graduating. The majority of jobs in academia are advertised on the easily searchable Jobs.ac.uk.
What type of roles are available?
Alison C […]

Crafting PhD CV(s) – yes you will have more than one CV!

More than half of LSE PhD students work outside academia after their studies. For some, the transition is smooth, for others the journey is longer and involves some rejections from employers before securing the first post-PhD position. A well prepared CV or application form will increase your chances of success in any sector and many PhD students and graduates […]

Finding your way after a PhD – lessons from your peers

To learn more about PhD career progression, we invited four LSE PhD alumni to speak about their experiences of finishing up and moving on to work beyond traditional academic roles. They told exciting stories from a variety of perspectives of people working in research, writing, and thought leadership in different sectors.

Having some ‘hutzpah’ was mentioned as a great way […]

How to prepare for starting your PhD

Blog by LSE PhD student Hannah Cottrell:

1. Funding – know your options
This can be one of the main obstacles for many people wishing to pursue postgraduate study, especially for PhD students who are committing 4-5 years of their time, effort and money. When applying for PhD positions make sure you know what kinds of funding are available to you […]

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    Summer support and events for PhD students and research staff

Summer support and events for PhD students and research staff

Welcome to the PhD Careers summer programme! It’s time to refresh your career with…
Appointments
Individual, confidential career review one-to-one meetings are available, usually on Wednesdays and Fridays (but can be negotiated for another day if those aren’t convenient) with Catherine Reynolds, our Careers Consultant for PhD students. These last for 30 minutes and you can check availability and book appointments […]

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    How to find and apply for research fellowships and post-doc funding

How to find and apply for research fellowships and post-doc funding

It’s tough making post-doc applications. The competition is stiff. Is the effort worth it? We held a seminar recently where we heard how to make successful applications from three different points of view. Perhaps, you could be successful too! Our speakers were:

Dr Jana Uher, Senior Research Fellow and holder of a Marie Curie Fellowship in Psychological and Behavioural […]

Tips for interviewing for a UK academic post

What do you need to prepare?

Interviewing for academic jobs was the focus of a recent PhD careers seminar and invaluable advice was given by Dr Sam Friedman and Dr Jenevieve Mannell. Sam presented a reassuring and honest description of his career progression to Assistant Professor in Sociology at LSE (following his PhD at Edinburgh, a Fellowship at York and […]

PhD students – preparing for the future

‘Using your time effectively to prepare for your future’ was the theme of the LSE Careers seminar for PhD students this week. Our speakers emphasised ways to manage your time efficiently so that you can gain a variety of experiences that will assist your future career progression. They talked about gaining teaching and research experience; learning about academic impact; […]

22 February 2017|LSE Careers, PhD|0 Comments|
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    Should I stay or should I go? Five questions to ask for academic versus non-academic careers

Should I stay or should I go? Five questions to ask for academic versus non-academic careers

We’ve written some guidance on what to think about if you’re considering a PhD and here Ruth Garland, who’s just finished her PhD in media and communications at LSE (having returned to academia after a 25-year career in public sector PR) follows up. Ruth is currently teaching master’s students at Brunel University.
If you find halfway through your master’s, or towards the end […]

14 February 2017|LSE Careers, PhD|1 Comment|
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    Working in research roles in international organisations and think tanks

Working in research roles in international organisations and think tanks

Blog by LSE PhD careers consultant, Catherine Reynolds:

Multiple factors influence career development and for PhD students the interaction between external circumstances and personal priorities make every individual story unique. On Wednesday evening last week we heard three different versions of progression into roles in international organisations and think tanks. An engaged audience of 30 or so current PhD students […]

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    Prospective PhD students – learn more about what LSE Careers has to offer

Prospective PhD students – learn more about what LSE Careers has to offer

If you’re reading this, chances are you’re applying to study for a PhD at LSE or have applied and need to make a choice at some point. There are lots of things to consider when choosing a university, especially from a careers perspective. What careers will be open to you with an LSE degree? What careers support will you have […]

1 February 2017|LSE Careers, PhD|0 Comments|
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    PhD students – you can work in academia! Advice from us/an LSE student

PhD students – you can work in academia! Advice from us/an LSE student

… but it might take some effort.

Here Katsuhiko (Katsu) Yoshikawa (4th year PhD candidate, Department of Management) shares his story about getting an academic job during his PhD study and makes some suggestions for people eager to make their life in academia.

He has recently received multiple job offers for lecturer/assistant professor positions and accepted one from Shanghai Jiao Tong […]

30 January 2017|LSE Careers, PhD|1 Comment|
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    So you’re thinking about a PhD? 5 tips for prospective PhDs

So you’re thinking about a PhD? 5 tips for prospective PhDs

Ever wondered what it’s like doing a PhD? Is doing further research something you’re thinking about now you’re clarifying your dissertation topic and thinking about life after your master’s?

Here Mia Certo, an MPhil/PhD candidate in International Relations at LSE, shares her five top tips for things you need to think about if the prospect of doing a PhD sounds appealing.

1. Choose […]

PhD students moving outside academia

Blog by our PhD Careers Consultant Catherine Reynolds.

What are you looking for next?
Where will you thrive and do your best work?
Where will you find job and personal satisfaction?
What’s out there anyway?

There are pros and cons in every employment sector and multiple roles open to PhD graduates. You might consider your future direction from two different angles.
The psychological approach
Your values, strengths, […]

18 November 2016|PhD|0 Comments|
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    Applying for a job in academia? You’ll need a specific type of CV

Applying for a job in academia? You’ll need a specific type of CV

PhD students and researchers wanting an academic career will need an informative and detailed CV, different from CVs in other sectors. Our advice is to draw on four areas of expertise which tend to meet the requirements of most academic job specifications:

Research – yes, that’s your PhD thesis, but it’s also: going to and presenting at conferences, […]

17 November 2016|CVs, PhD|1 Comment|
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    Applying for jobs outside academia? How to write your CV/application form

Applying for jobs outside academia? How to write your CV/application form

About half of LSE PhD students work outside academia after their studies. For some, the transition is smooth, for others the journey is longer and involves some rejections from employers. A well prepared CV or application form increases your chances of success, but how do you market yourself in another sector?

Employers tell us they expect written applications to be […]

11 November 2016|LSE Careers, PhD|0 Comments|

Preparing for academic careers in the UK and beyond

Four things you can do now…
1. Make a plan to build your research profile

what, where and when to publish
which conferences to attend and when
learned societies or associations to join

2. Review your teaching experience

Do you have a range?
Have you had some training, or are you working towards the PGCert?

3. Public engagement

Where have you done this and how can you get […]

27 October 2016|LSE Careers, PhD|0 Comments|

Tips from alumni for PhD entrepreneurs

A selection of LSE PhD students and graduates recently shared their experience of entrepreneurship during and after their PhDs. Read their biographies below – they’re impressive people, and encourage you to be equally so! There are also a few key messages to repeat about getting started, the people, your motivation, and resources.
The messages

Find people you want to work with, […]

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    PhD students your options – in or outside academia? Can you have both?

PhD students your options – in or outside academia? Can you have both?

Blog by our PhD Careers Consultant Catherine Reynolds:

Career conversations with PhD students tend to focus on two employment sectors: in and outside academia. But in a complex labour market is there a simple binary divide between these employment worlds? Your future might involve both. Putting aside tricky questions about finding vacancies, making applications and succeeding at interview for now, I’d like to […]

14 October 2016|LSE Careers, PhD|0 Comments|

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