PhD careers

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

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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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:
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 […]

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 […]

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