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”

“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?”

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”