PhD careers

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

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

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 […]

Working outside academia after your PhD

Is working outside academia for you and how do you make it happen?
LSE PhD alumni work in a wide range of sectors outside academia and find career success all over the world. On Friday 30 October 2015 an audience of 35 current PhDs listened to a panel of PhD graduates (biographies below) who are now working in government, finance […]

PhD students: Need to work whilst you study?

Blog by PhD Careers Consultant, Catherine Reynolds:

Should you or shouldn’t you work whilst you study? I hear a number of reasons why LSE PhD students can and can’t work while they are studying.
What’s right for you?
The issues

time – you don’t have enough
money – you might need more
capacity – how much head space is available?
gaining experience – what sort do […]

Working for international organisations

LSE Careers consultant, and former staff member of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Asian Development Bank, Robin Broadway, shares some insights into getting into an international organisation along with details about one of our biggest events of the year, International Organisations Day (IOD), for which booking opens on Friday 6 November:

Ever since the UN and the other international organisations were […]

Thinking about doing a PhD?

Thinking about doing a PhD? Is it right for you? How do you know?
A PhD can certainly be a rewarding experience but it can also be tough and will take four years, so it’s worth thinking it through before making the decision to apply. Here Catherine Reynolds, the PhD Careers Consultant at LSE Careers, shares a few insights:

What’s your passion?
Refining and focusing on a single research topic […]

Academic careers – how to get started

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 spec:

1. Research – 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. Broaden your horizons […]

Find LSE Careers in the PhD Academy now!

The first of our Michaelmas Term careers seminars was delivered this week in the PhD Academy, the dedicated space and services hub for LSE doctoral candidates. It’s a stunning space, full of light and colour. We use the teaching room for seminars and a small office in the staff space for one to one career discussions.

Professor Linda Mulcahy, Director of […]

PhD students – find out about careers outside academia

Whether you have started your PhD recently, or have submitted your thesis, LSE Careers can help you find great opportunities if you’re interested in a career outside academia. There are perfectly viable career options for researchers and people with PhDs in the wider labour market. You  might find a meaningful career in government, consultancy, international organisations, social enterprise, finance, media, research […]

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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