PhD careers

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

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:
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. 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
subject
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?
Funding?

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.
Speakers
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 […]

CVs and covering letters for PhD students

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 […]

Hacking the USA academic job market

LSE Careers hosted a popular talk by the team from ‘The Professor is In’ last week and the messages were hard hitting. For example 76% of academic staff in the US are on short term contracts; academic departments are shrinking; each vacant position attracts 200-900 applications; 60,000 PhDs are awarded in the US every year; there are not enough […]

Understanding the UK academic job market and how to apply

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 working in teaching and or research in higher education six months after graduating. There are 150 universities in the UK and almost all will have departments to which you could apply […]

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