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1 Careers Centre Introduction to Career Choice for Researchers Gill Barber Senior Career Consultant

2 Careers Centre What is your current strategy?  Linear progression  Changing the emphasis  New direction  No idea yet !

3 Careers Centre Some facts and figures (What do PhDs do? Three years on)  27% Employed (Other Common Doctoral Occupations)  22% HE teaching and lecturing roles  19% HE research roles  13% Non-HE research roles  13% Other Occupations  6% Teaching roles outside HE

4 Careers Centre Value of a Doctorate  50% PhD required for role  32% Important for role  12% Helpful for role  6% Not Important at all

5 Careers Centre Examples of destinations of 2013 finishers  Durham University -Teaching fellow  Nasarawa State University – Lecturer  Northumbria University - Research Fellow  The University of Leeds - Research Fellow  University of Oxford -Postdoctoral Research Asst.

6 Careers Centre Employment outside academia  British Geological Survey  Environment Agency  Mammal Research Institute Polish Academy of Sciences  Edge Analytics  Teagasc  The Israeli Knesset (Parliament)  Ricardo - AEA  Volcanologist  radioactive substances regulation officer  Specialist in the research institute  Demographic Analyst  Research Technologist  Researcher  Air Quality Analyst

7 Careers Centre The Career Planning Process ‘A process by which individuals make decisions and take actions which impact on their career’ Not a ‘one-off’ event but a process which will go on way beyond your first job after your PhD

8 Careers Centre Knowing yourself You InterestsValues PersonalityNeeds Skills/Abilities

9 Careers Centre Academia-increasing your chances  Publications  Research and project funding  Teaching experience  Project management  Quality assessment  Understanding HE issues  Networking  LinkedIn

10 Careers Centre Develop your skills and network  Demonstrating/teaching  Committees  Supervising research  Conferences  University development opportunities  Gradschool  Students Union  In the workplace  SDDU courses  Networking events  Bidding for funds  Be alert to the next step in your research  Careers Centre and events  LinkedIn

11 Careers Centre Where to look for more information  Vitae: What do Researchers do? - Information on career destinations of researchers. Vitae: What do Researchers do?  PhD Jobs - Recruitment solutions for the postgraduate community. PhD Jobs  Find A PostDoc - Postdoctoral job opportunities. Find A PostDoc

12 Careers Centre Support from the Careers Centre  Employer events – e.g. Mon 13 Oct The Edge Wed 22 Oct Environment Careers Fair  Drop in sessions, Mon – Fri 9am-4pm CVs, applications, information  Individual Careers Guidance  Workshops e.g. applications, assessment centres  Mock interviews  Employer presentations  Vacancies – currently have approx. 700 

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