Careers for Postgraduate Researchers
Careers and Employability Service
The University of Huddersfield’s Careers and Employability Service is located on level four of the Student Central Building and provides comprehensive support for postgraduate researchers (PGRs) including:
- A PGR-focussed Careers Adviser
- Weekly drop-in sessions for PGRs (due to restart in January 2019)
- Bookable one-to-one sessions for PGRs
- PGR training sessions and workshops (including topics such as career planning for PGRs and writing academic CVs - bookable through SkillsForge)
- Information and literature regarding career options
- Information about employers
- Graduate training programmes
- Recruitment events
- Vacancy resources
Look for emails advertising the dates and times of events or contact the Careers and Employability Service on 01484 472 124 or visit them on the floor 4 of the Student Central Building (next to iPoint) for further information.
Vitae provide a host of useful information about researcher careers, both within academia and beyond academia. The Vitae website features:
- Over 150 career narratives by individual researchers working in a variety of fields.
- Information about career development.
- Advice on a variety of subjects such as how to create an effective researcher CV and what to expect in academic job interviews.
- The chance to explore careers inside and beyond academia including what employers are looking for.
- Further information on research funding.
- An Employability Lens that links to Vitae’s Researcher Development Framework (RDF), which is a self-assessment tool PGRs can use to help identify the skills and attributes employers are looking for. The University of Huddersfield Researcher Skills Development Programme, whose courses are bookable through SkillsForge, are mapped to the four RDF domains to make it easier to search for relevant courses.
PhD Entry Employment Programmes
For those who have, or are about to complete a doctoral degree, there are a small number of organisations with very competitive PhD entry employment programmes, which recruit annually. These include: Boston Consulting Group and McKinsey (both management consultancy companies), Astra Zeneca and GlaxoSmithKline (pharmaceutical companies), British Petroleum, Microsoft Research, the Bank of England and JP Morgan (investment bank).
Researchers in Schools
This is a unique teacher training programme to recruit and train researchers who are completing – or who have completed – a doctorate. The programme targets maths, physics and engineering first and foremost but may be of interest to those in other STEM subjects. The programme is designed to run over three years, with participants achieving Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in their first year and completing their Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) year in year two. Participants are supported to become excellent new teachers and research leaders, and have access to Research Associate status at a selective university.
For more information visit the Researchers in Schools website.
Useful job sites
Useful job sites for both academic posts and roles outside academia requiring or benefiting from PGR/doctoral qualifications:
The Times Higher Education UniJobs (global jobs in universities including academic, research related, management and professional services).
ECM (recruitment consultants in various technology fields with a section dedicated to graduate/PhD roles).
This article on the findaphd.com website gives some examples of how to transfer the skills learned as a PGR into skills and compentencies that employers are looking for in job applications and in interviews. There are also some examples of career paths beyond academia for various subject disciplines.
Want to know more about what recruiters are looking for? This report outlines the results of a survey of HR Directors concerning their recruitment of taught master's students and PGRs.