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…
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 […]

Applying for post-doc funding?

It’s tough. Is it worth it? Well, it was for Dr Joseph Downing and it can be for you too!

Joseph starts a funded two year post-doc in October 2016 and the journey getting there will be epic. It starts with his AHRC funded PhD at the LSE European Institute and this episode ends with the awarding of his EC Marie […]

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    Global opportunities in and outside academia for PhDs and research staff

Global opportunities in and outside academia for PhDs and research staff

If you’re considering the global labour market, there are a couple of things to draw to your attention to including vacancies and advice:
Academic jobs in the US
The Professor Is In is a blog dedicated to helping PhDs master the academic and post-academic job markets in the USA and is written by Dr Karen Kelsky former tenured professor and department […]

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

Blog by our PhD Careers Consultant Catherine Reynolds:

Is there really a binary divide between the employment worlds of academia and other sectors? As a PhD student or a worker on a temporary contract in Higher Education your long term future might involve both. Putting aside tricky questions about finding vacancies, making applications and succeeding at interview, where will you find job and […]

Upcoming PhD events

Academic interview skills – Friday 4 March 12-2pm
This seminar is an introduction to interviews for academic jobs for PhD students and research staff, covering how to prepare and what to expect. Careers Consultant Catherine Reynolds will help you understand and prepare for typical selection activities and answer your questions. Dr Chris Moos, LSE PhD 2015, recently involved in selection processes, will share his […]

Support for PhD students moving into academic jobs

The academic job market is competitive but we know that over 50% of LSE PhD students move into academic jobs after their PhD. Already this term LSE Careers has delivered a seminar on preparing academic CVs and covering letters, slides from this are online and advice is on our website with examples of successful application materials.

Upcoming seminar
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USA academic job market masterclass

Are you interested in academic roles in the USA? Need help understanding the US academic job market? Still learning how to present yourself effectively?

Guest speaker Dr Karen Kelsky will be visiting LSE on Wednesday 4 May to talk to PhD students and research staff about the US academic job market as well as sharing techniques for succeeding at academic […]

PhD students – you CAN work outside academia!

PhD students – you can work outside academia! And it’s OK out there, just make sure you prepare well for interview.

LSE PhD graduates are finding job and personal satisfaction in many roles outside academia. They work in roles such as Researcher, Policy Adviser, Consultant, Analyst, Communications Adviser, and in Public Affairs. They work in government, public sector, the third sector, research […]

PhD students – you CAN work in academia!

Recently LSE alumna Caroline Varin (PhD, International Relations 2012) spoke to current PhD students about her transition to employment and gave useful advice for people interested in pursuing an academic career.

Caroline is now a Lecturer in Security and International Organisations at Regent’s University London and Associate Fellow at the Global South Unit at LSE. For Caroline the effort to […]

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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

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, but how do you market yourself in another sector?

Employers […]

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