PhD

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

How to prepare for starting your PhD

Blog by LSE PhD student Hannah Cottrell:

1. Funding – know your options
This can be one of the main obstacles for many people wishing to pursue postgraduate study, especially for PhD students who are committing 4-5 years of their time, effort and money. When applying for PhD positions make sure you know what kinds of funding are available to you […]

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    How to find and apply for research fellowships and post-doc funding

How to find and apply for research fellowships and post-doc funding

It’s tough making post-doc applications. The competition is stiff. Is the effort worth it? We held a seminar recently where we heard how to make successful applications from three different points of view. Perhaps, you could be successful too! Our speakers were:

Dr Jana Uher, Senior Research Fellow and holder of a Marie Curie Fellowship in Psychological and Behavioural […]

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Tips for interviewing for a UK academic post

What do you need to prepare?

Interviewing for academic jobs was the focus of a recent PhD careers seminar and invaluable advice was given by Dr Sam Friedman and Dr Jenevieve Mannell. Sam presented a reassuring and honest description of his career progression to Assistant Professor in Sociology at LSE (following his PhD at Edinburgh, a Fellowship at York and […]

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PhD students – preparing for the future

‘Using your time effectively to prepare for your future’ was the theme of the LSE Careers seminar for PhD students this week. Our speakers emphasised ways to manage your time efficiently so that you can gain a variety of experiences that will assist your future career progression. They talked about gaining teaching and research experience; learning about academic impact; […]

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    Should I stay or should I go? Five questions to ask for academic versus non-academic careers

Should I stay or should I go? Five questions to ask for academic versus non-academic careers

We’ve written some guidance on what to think about if you’re considering a PhD and here Ruth Garland, who’s just finished her PhD in media and communications at LSE (having returned to academia after a 25-year career in public sector PR) follows up. Ruth is currently teaching master’s students at Brunel University.
If you find halfway through your master’s, or towards the end […]

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    Working in research roles in international organisations and think tanks

Working in research roles in international organisations and think tanks

Blog by LSE PhD careers consultant, Catherine Reynolds:

Multiple factors influence career development and for PhD students the interaction between external circumstances and personal priorities make every individual story unique. On Wednesday evening last week we heard three different versions of progression into roles in international organisations and think tanks. An engaged audience of 30 or so current PhD students […]

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    PhD students – you can work in academia! Advice from us/an LSE student

PhD students – you can work in academia! Advice from us/an LSE student

… but it might take some effort.

Here Katsuhiko (Katsu) Yoshikawa (4th year PhD candidate, Department of Management) shares his story about getting an academic job during his PhD study and makes some suggestions for people eager to make their life in academia.

He has recently received multiple job offers for lecturer/assistant professor positions and accepted one from Shanghai Jiao Tong […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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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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 […]

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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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Applying for post-doc funding?

It’s tough. Is it worth it? Well, it was for Dr Joseph Downing and it can be for you too!

Joseph starts a funded two year post-doc in October 2016 and the journey getting there will be epic. It starts with his AHRC funded PhD at the LSE European Institute and this episode ends with the awarding of his EC Marie […]

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