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Careers advice or guidance

You can either book a daily 15 minute Quick Query time slot with a duty Consultant or a 30 minute appointment with the Careers Consultant for your area of research. It's easy to book an appointment, and you can opt to interact with the Consultant by Skype, 'phone, email and, of course, face-to-face.

Careers events

We run a varied programme of events during the academic year including webinars, the 'Uncovered' industry insight sessions, recruitment fairs, and skills workshops. Several sessions are hosted by employers, e.g. the Pop-up stands in the foyer of the Bannerman Centre or Lecture Centre. You can register online to attend an event, and the programme is also promoted through the PDC's social media channels.

Sources of CV examples

The Vitae website has multiple fictional examples of PhD and post-doctoral researcher CVs from different disciplines, with examples for both positions inside and outside academia. (Note: You will need to register with an ac.uk address to access the examples on the website; it's easy and free to do this.)

Suggested CVs to look at initially on the Vitae website:

  • Positions within academia: Nabil Anwar’s academic CV
  • Positions outside academia: Susan Weaver’s chronological CV

Jobs.ac.uk gives a range of CV templates and also ebooks with tips and examples on creating cover letters.

The Prospects website has several template CVs, including an academic example.

The Professional Development Centre (PDC) has example CVs for a range of particular industries and sectors. Check to see if there is a relevant CV if you are applying for positions outside academia.


Job interviews

Job hunting resources

Career planning

  • Vitae National organisation focusing on professional and career development of doctoral researchers and research staff in universities and research institutes
  • An Academic Career aims to help you if you are interested in becoming an academic, giving information on what academics really do and how people typically enter academic careers
  • Beyond the PhD (part of a HEFCE funded project which ended in 2010) was developed as a career resource for arts and humanities PhD researchers 
  • Career Development Toolkit for Researchers Practical toolkit from Jobs.ac.uk aimed at post-doctoral researchers who have gained one-two years experience in academic research
  • PDF document icon Getting the first lecturing job (AGCAS, December 2014) Research from academics to identify the key areas they would look for when recruiting for a new lecturer in their discipline; the findings also give practical advice for those preparing for successful application for this academic role
  • Impact of Doctoral Careers (2014) looks at the role doctoral graduates play in UK businesses
  • Jobs.ac.uk Careers resources for PhDs and early career researchers: Career Planning for PhDs ebook; A Practical guide to Planning an Academic or Research Career; The Essential Guide to moving up the Academic Career Ladder 
  • Jobs on Toast A blog written to help postgrads and PhD students weigh up their non-academic career options, and learn how to market themselves for a mainstream job
  • PhD Career Guide (US site) Podcasts about the career paths of former PhD students
  • PhDs at Work (US site) 'Week in the Life' explores bloggers' experiences by company, work sector and degree field
  • piirus.ac.uk Networking website for the research community enabling researchers to identify and connect with collaborators across disciplines, countries and sectors
  • PORT - postgraduate online research training The information is tailored towards humanities students but it's a good resource for researchers/postgraduate students from other disciplines. There are useful handbooks for students completing a Modern Languages doctorate which leads you through the process of applying for and completing a PhD
  • Prospects PhD study: Your PhD, What next?; Getting an academic job
  • Research Councils UK (RCUK) Case studies: Careers in Research - broad range of disciplines
  • Shinton Consulting provides careers advice, information and professional development training to scientists, academic researchers, research students and academic staff. The website carries advice, profiles, case studies, information about careers in academia and beyond
  • TARGETpostgrad What can I do with my PhD? Academic jobs

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