What jobs can I do after my PhD? How to ‘map’ your options, with real examples

‘The bad news is there’s no comprehensive list of jobs you can get after a PhD in X. That’s also the good news: you can move into a vast array of exciting, meaningful careers.’ – Jen Polk, PhD: Founder of From PhD to Life I have a (PhD careers) dream. My first TV memory asContinue reading “What jobs can I do after my PhD? How to ‘map’ your options, with real examples”

‘I need direction!’ How research questions can focus your post-PhD job hunt beyond academia

‘Approach your [job] search as you would a research question -with curiosity, close reading skills, an eye for patterns, and perseverance.’ – Dr Katina Rogers Few people embraced virtual lockdown life like my mum. She got into Tai Chi classes on Zoom, a National Gallery podcast, and even found her way onto Rory Stewart’s TwitterContinue reading “‘I need direction!’ How research questions can focus your post-PhD job hunt beyond academia”

Leaving Academia, Grieving Academia: a message of hope from the other side

‘For me, the grief of leaving academia feels about the same as the loss and grief of the end of relationship. Even when you know that the relationship wasn’t right for you […] loss is loss.‘ – Lisa L Munro, PhD Out of my box of theatre and gig tickets that went unused due toContinue reading “Leaving Academia, Grieving Academia: a message of hope from the other side”

‘To academia or to industry’: … is that the question?

‘PhD students ask each other “are you staying in academia or going into industry?” The problem with that question is not just that your options aren’t limited to these two areas… it’s that they aren’t discreet entities, anyway!’  – Kira, our special PhD grad guest for the week Does anyone else love a game ofContinue reading “‘To academia or to industry’: … is that the question?”

Be the solution: how to really articulate your PhD (and other) skills to employers

‘Change your perspective from “how can I beat the odds and win the tenure-track jackpot prize?” to “how can I be the solution to a department’s hiring problem?”’ – Dr Loleen Berdahl & Dr Jonathan Malloy There’s nothing like friends sending you photos of their home-baked halloumi and mint focaccia to make you feel inadequate.Continue reading “Be the solution: how to really articulate your PhD (and other) skills to employers”

Expert, or imposter? Why post-PhD careers can take time to gel

‘We like to think that we should make a living based on what we enjoy doing. However it’s often the opposite way: we start enjoying jobs in which our expertise is respected. […] Passion and fulfilment often come after reaching some level of proficiency in a certain area and not the other way around.‘ –Continue reading “Expert, or imposter? Why post-PhD careers can take time to gel”

“Non-Academic” Jobs: more academic than you think?

‘My industry life doesn’t look that dissimilar from my academic life, to be honest.’ – Abby Bajuniemi, PhD Sections from this post also appear in the University of Birmingham’s Postgraduate Researcher Development Blog. Nicknames at work can be telling. My partner’s work nickname happens to be ‘The Professor.’ He thinks it’s the mad-scientist-curly-hair that drawsContinue reading ““Non-Academic” Jobs: more academic than you think?”

I have a PhD: what-the-heck level of job can I apply for beyond academia?

‘The biggest challenge you’re likely to face […] is the perception that you’re overqualified for entry-level positions, but underqualified for more senior listings. This double-edged sword threatens most academics as they depart higher education.’ – Dr Christopher L. Caterine If I could ask a Careers Adviser Fairy Godmother to grant me a simple, practical answerContinue reading “I have a PhD: what-the-heck level of job can I apply for beyond academia?”

The ‘bits’ of academia you REALLY enjoy… and how to find work based on these

‘Research/ academia isn’t one job, it’s many. If the package deal isn’t for you, look for the bits you enjoy and find rewarding work with them.’ – Joel Huey You’re at a party.* (*Other Covid-compliant virtual options are available). Someone who has never previously met anyone with/doing a PhD asks ‘what do you do?’ WhatContinue reading “The ‘bits’ of academia you REALLY enjoy… and how to find work based on these”

Careers in the Time of Covid: Nine Tips for Postgrad Researchers

Greetings from the dinner table, or as it has been for 46 (?!) weeks now, ‘the office.’ Wherever in the world you are, I hope you’re safe and keeping as well as possible. These are uncertain times for us all, and things in the UK have changed rapidly over the past year. There was MarchContinue reading “Careers in the Time of Covid: Nine Tips for Postgrad Researchers”