PhD careers

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

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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; […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

Career opportunities for PhD students and research staff

PhD students or staff, are you considering your career opportunities? Here are three ways to make career progression happen:
1. Gain experience
Getting some experience alongside your PhD working, volunteering, or in an internship can have obvious benefits for now and your later career development. Managing your time to include additional activity may seem overwhelming but it really does offer return […]

Funding a PhD – ideas and sources

We’ve posted a few blogs recently about the pros and cons of PhD study, so this time we’re focusing on one area of concern – the funding issue! In addition to what’s on our website on the topic, have a look at:
Individual institutions

many scholarships and other opportunities are available at LSE
European University Institute in Florence funds 150 scholarships
Plato – […]

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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, […]

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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, publishing […]

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How do you know if a PhD is right for you?

If you’re interested in further study, find out why, where, and when to do a PhD and how to approach the application process with us on Monday 21 November.

We’ll help you identify what a PhD, list good and bad reasons to do a PhD, and support you with your approach applying for a PhD including timescales, funding, and personal […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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, people […]

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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 […]

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    PhD students – gaining additional experience while you study…

PhD students – gaining additional experience while you study…

…is important for your career progression (it adds experience to your CV; provides contacts for collaboration; might help keep you going etc. etc.) and provides useful additional income too!

Experience might be freelance work, consultancy or internships. The category name doesn’t matter; the value for you and your career progression is very important.

In this ongoing blog post we will add […]

PhD careers in management consultancy

Careers in consultancy are sometimes of interest to our PhD students and graduates. Some firms particularly target applications from PhD students. McKinsey, BCG, Oliver Wyman, Charles River Associates; Compass Lexecon; Cornerstone Research and others have specific interest in PhD qualified applicants. Some firms offer insight days and special events for PhD students. BCG Dubai office is planning on hosting recruiting information session […]

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