Blog by Catherine Reynolds, Careers Consultant for PhD students and research staff

Welcome to the new academic year to all our returning PhD students.

Part way through your PhD might be a good time to review where you are heading and make plans for the next few years and LSE Careers can help you.

The annual LSE Careers PhD programme brochure 2017/18 is also online; it summarises all you need to know throughout the year.

Deciding on an initial career path

In my experience PhD students waver between commitment to an academic career and curiosity about the world outside academia. We are non-judgmental about these two alternatives and can help you make the best choices in your very individual circumstances. You can talk through your unique situation in a confidential one-to-one career discussion with me.

Events and advice

We organise specialist events, fairs, seminars and talks throughout the year to increase your understanding of the options open to you and how to secure one of them.

Careers events this term include:

  • Career options after your PhD, 9 October
  • Preparing for an academic career, 18 October
  • PhD alumni panel – working outside academia, 8 November
  • CVs for academic posts, 13 November
  • CVs for outside academia, 22 November
  • A number of employer presentations on and off campus for PhD students

More details and booking for all our events are on CareerHub.

We also commission, curate and publish related blog posts. You might be interested in recent postings including:

For academic careers

Outside academia




Currently a number of management consultancies are advertising opportunities to PhD students. Oliver Wyman, Charles River Associates; Compass Lexecon; Cornerstone Research all recruit PhD students for example.


As well as their general PhD recruitment, you might want to check out McKinsey’s upcoming London PhD workshop on Thursday 28 September for penultimate year PhD students.

Boston Consulting Group

There are many options for after your PhD. Make good use of LSE Careers to help you plan ahead for your future.