PhD careers

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

Welcome to all PhD students – new and returning

A very warm welcome from Catherine Reynolds, Careers Consultant for PhD students and research staff!

We have many years’ experience of working with PhD students from all departments and offer a substantial programme of career development for PhD students looking to develop their career in academic or in other employment sectors. We run specialist events, fairs, seminars and talks throughout the year […]

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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 […]

What to do as you come to the end of your PhD

As a PhD student coming towards the end of writing your PhD thesis, submission is the priority so you’re probably not making many job applications now. Thinking about the future at this stage can be unnerving (unless you have been very well organised and secured a position already).

This post is to reassure those of you without firm plans that there […]

Want an academic career? Here’s how

For PhD students and researchers wanting an academic career, our advice is to add four areas of expertise to your portfolio to meet the requirements of a job specification:
Yes, that’s your PhD thesis, but it’s also: going to conferences, publishing in the best journals, building your academic network, knowing your field and the other players. It’s having a plan to publish […]

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    Interested in teaching? Opportunities to start in September 2016

Interested in teaching? Opportunities to start in September 2016

Interested in a career or a spell in teaching?

Places are still available for September 2016, particularly in shortage subjects: maths, computing, modern foreign languages and also in economics and geography. If you’re interested, apply now!
Things to decide
First explore your preferences:

primary or secondary school
school or university based training

Then the Get Into Teaching website will help you understand all the pros and […]

Fancy a career in teaching? The Brilliant Club can help

Would a career in teaching suit you?
The Brilliant Club works to widen access to selective universities for state school pupils and provides paid experience to current PhD students. If you want to share your PhD research in a course of tutorials with school pupils, or to test out the experience of working in schools, The Brilliant Club provides opportunities for […]

Still thinking of doing a PhD?

As we wrote earlier in the year, there are serious considerations to make before undertaking PhD studies. For example:

Are you interested enough in your topic?
Does a PhD fit with your long term career plans?
Where’s best to study?

All these issues can be reviewed in a one-to-one careers discussion with an LSE Careers Consultant. We’re open all summer and if you’re not […]

How to move into jobs outside academia

Building on a series of events about moving into work outside academia, this week an LSE Careers seminar for PhD students looked at translating your academic experience into language suitable for selection outside academia. We talked specifically about addressing recruiters concerns about your fit, motivation, skills and knowledge.
Using your research skills outside academia
Employers expect holders of PhDs to have transferable […]

After the PhD – lessons from your peers

To support your ongoing career progression, we invited three LSE PhD alumni to speak last week about their experiences of finishing up and moving on to work beyond traditional academic roles. The three perspectives were very different – have a look at their advice below, as well as how LSE Careers can support you.
Amelia Sharman, Principal Climate Mitigation Consultant, […]

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    Career progression beyond the PhD: wondering how to make it happen?

Career progression beyond the PhD: wondering how to make it happen?

Working for your PhD is, or can be, all consuming and making time to think ahead might not be your top priority. Knowing what you want to do, what’s realistic and how to make it happen can reduce anxiety about the future beyond the PhD and can help you finish and submit effectively. Avoid getting into a tangle at the […]

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