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The UCL Careers Service was commissioned in 2010 to survey the career destinations of UCL research students who graduated between 2004 and 2008. 115 graduates were successfully interviewed. You can examine the results in the downloadable documents located below (arranged by faculty). A summary of the overall findings are also available as a Powerpoint presentation.
Click on the following links to download a PDF file:
(Note: These case studies are for UCL Staff and Student access only).
Below are links to information about UK-wide PhD graduate destinations and careers histories.
- What do Researchers Do? Career Stories from Vitae, The national website for researcher development. A collection of 40 career profiles.
- What do Researchers Do? Career Paths of Doctoral Graduates This report explores the career pathways of doctoral graduates three to four years following graduation, their typical occupations and variations by broad discipline groupings.
- What do Researchers Do? Career Profiles of Doctoral Entrepreneurs (2010) A collection of 30 career stories from doctoral researchers who have gone on to become entrepreneurs
- What do researchers do? Analysis of first employment destinations of doctoral graduates 2003-2007 from UK universities by discipline and subject. From Vitae
- HESDA (Higher Education Skills Development Agency) survey of researcher destinations (2000). Case studies of the career paths of former academic researchers, compiled by careers advisers in the Universities of Leeds, London, Newcastle and Swansea.
- Beyond the PhD Experiences of those who have been through the PhD in an arts and humanities discipline and made the transition into a variety of work beyond it.
1. Key Career Management Advice
Moodle Research Skills Modules
UCL Graduate School has collaborated with a number of other leading research intensive universities to commission a series of online modules delivered in Moodle covering a range of research skills important to the early career researcher.
An Academic Career - tailored information to find out what it takes to make it as an academic, wherever you are in your career. From The University of Manchester
Vitae: Developing your Academic Career - Essential advice from the UK's official researcher development organisation
2. UCL Academic Career Planning Forum Spring 2011- Academic Speakers Biographies & Tips for success
Introduction Prof. David Price, Vice provost for Research
Dr Umber Cheema, Research Fellow, Inst of Orthopaedics & Musculoskeletal Science, SLMS Frontier Disciplines
Dr Julia day, Lecturer, Genetics, Evolution, Environment
Dr Eleanor Stride, Reader in Biomedical Engineering
Dr Dan Brett, Lecturer in Chemical Engineering
Dr Katherine Ibbett, Lecturer in French
Dr John Sabapathy, Lecturer in Medieval History
Reference copies available in the UCL Careers Library
The Academic Career Handbook. Blaxter, Hughes &
Academics Support Kit (ASK). Boden,
Epstein & Kenway. SAGE .
Surviving Your Academic Job Hunt. Advice for Humanities PhDs. Kathryn Hume, 2005. Palgrave Macmillan.
Podcasts will be available shortly here.
Common job roles and employment sectors for PhD holders
- Vitae: Sector Information - Detailed information on the main industries that researchers move into, sector profiles that include current and future employment trends, example relevant roles and useful resources such as employer lists and job hunting information.
- Research Careers Outside of Academia - Document from the Careers Group, University of London, describing key job sectors and associated roles popular with those with research qualifications and experience.
- 'What do UCL PhD Graduates do?' - Selection of case studies. For generating ideas of alternative job options as well as advice on how to get to where you want to be. Similar case studies available in our 'What do UK PhDs do?' section.
Practicalities: job hunting & applications information
- Your PhD, What Next? - A handbook that talks you through the key stages of career planning - relevant for academic and non-academic careers.
- University Researchers & the Jobs Market (includes examples CV's & Cover letters)
- CVs for PhD Students
- Vitae - The Researcher Career Development website (includes example CVs in 'Marketing yourself' section)
- So What Are You Going to Do with That?: Finding Careers Outside Academia University Of Chicago Press; 2 edition (March 15, 2007). This book is written for a very specific audience - PhD students (and even established academics) who realise that academia may no longer be the right fit.
- Moving On in Your Career. A guide for academic researchers and postgraduates. Lynda Ali and Barbara Graham. Reference copy available in the UCL Careers Library.
- Alternative Careers in Science, Leaving the Ivory Tower. Edited by CynthiaRobbins-Roth. Reference copy available in the UCL Careers Library.
- How to Change Your Career. This booklet aims to help you assess your options and make more informed decisions. Reference copy available in the UCL Careers Library or you can download a pdf copy.
The PhD employer-led events that the Graduate School run in conjunction with the Careers Service can help you to gather information about entry routes and careers paths and they provide you with an opportunity to speak and network with recruiters. You may also want to participate in events that are targeted to all student levels such as Careers Fairs and Themed Weeks.
Job-hunting and funding help-sheets
Information compiled in spring 2010. Click on the links below to access the Word documents.
- Australia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Japan, India, New Zealand, Singapore, USA, Russian Federation
Country - specific academic career information
Details of common pathways of academic career progression and issues within academia for a select number of countries. Information compiled from a survey of visiting academics. Click on the links below to access the Word documents.
Academic Career Maps in Europe
Compiled by the League of European Research Universities (LERU). The maps show the different research positions available in an
institution, the levels of responsibility, how they are funded at each
stage and how a researcher may progress from one level to the next. Countries covered: Finland, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, UK.
Slides from a presentation on making effective written applications for research and lectureship positions.
Survey of UCL Academics: CV advice
An online survey conducted in 2010 of senior academics previously involved in the recruitment of postdoctoral researchers and academic staff.
- Sci & Tech PhD
- Sci & Tech Post doc (UK)
- Sci & Tech Post doc (USA)
- Sci & Tech Lecturer
- Arts, Hums & Social PhD
- Arts, Hums & Social Post doc (UK)
- Arts, Hums & Social Post doc (USA)
- Arts, Hums & Social Lecturer
University Researchers and the Jobs Market -
Advice on how to use effective networking within your academic
community to successfully progress your academic career found in 'The
Career Plan (Volume I)' chapter
Conference Alerts – e-mail updates
Graduate Junction - Networking site for postgraduate students.
ResearchGate - World wide networking resource for scientists
Nature Networks - Forums, groups & blogs (for you to join or create)
Search 1000's of science, research and academic related vacancies in
the UK and abroad.
Nature Jobs - Also provides articles and
podcasts on career-relate issues.
RD Info - search for health-related research funding.
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