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Careers Support for Researchers

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UCL Careers, in collaboration with The Doctoral Skills Development Programme and UCL Organisational Development, provides one to one support and an extensive programme of careers events for UCL's researcher community; Research Assistants, Research Students (MRes & PhD) and Postdoctoral Research Staff (scroll to the bottom of this page for full details). We also actively source researcher - relevant internship and job opportunities.


Researcher Career Stories

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We have interviewed many doctoral graduates who have moved into careers outside of academia. Below you can access videos of some of these interviews, or download our 'Job Options by Sector' report containing additional career histories and audio recordings of some of our sector - specific events.


Internships & Vacancies

We actively source relevant internship opportunities (as well as full time work) for research students (PhDs, MRes). These are posted on UCL Careers main vacancies system - accessed using the link below. To view only research student targeted opportunities select 'Search Vacancies', click on the 'Student Type' filter (left hand menu) & select 'Research (MRes & PhD students)' in the drop down. 


One to One Support & Events

For further information please click on the relevant section of the accordion menu below. 

APPOINTMENTS

At any stage of your PhD or if you are working as research staff at UCL, you can book a 30 minute "Researcher Appointment" as a general starting point.

Our enhanced one-to-one coaching service has an emphasis on career planning for those with research backgrounds regardless of whether you're planning to stay in academia or if you want to use your research skills in other ways.

Appointments of up to 30 minutes are available to discuss a wide range of topics with one of a team of Careers Consultants who all have PhDs themselves and who work closely with the Doctoral School at UCL.


Availability

  • Monday to Friday with morning and afternoon availability.

Booking

Current PhD students can check appointment availability and book online up to 28 days in advance using your myUCL CAREERS account.

Research Staff will need to call us on 020 3549 5900 or visit us in person to check availability and book.


Interview Coaching for Researchers

We offer hour long Practice Interviews for those who have been invited to a 'real' interview and who want to practice their interview technique in a role play style, answering questions which are likely to come up at the real thing and receiving feedback on your performance from one of our Careers Consultants.

Find out more on our Practice Interviews Page.

EVENTS

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We deliver Forums and Fairs that showcase roles and job sectors where research qualifications and experience are valued and which many UCL doctoral alumni enter into.

Forums - question and answer sessions with an invited selection of panellists, most of whom have a PhD qualification.

'Table Top' Fairs - networking events with a select number of employers most of whom will have a representative with a PhD qualification present. The fair in the morning will be followed by one to one appointments with the employers in the afternoon.

Beyond Academia - is a new programme designed to give researchers a focused insight into specific career areas within industry. It will consist of 5 events, each with a different sector theme. Each event will have 2 employers who will give a short presentation about the work they do in their company. The employers who are presenting will also have a PhD allowing them to give a view point from a researcher’s perspective.

‘Beyond Academia’ has been designed in line with feedback we received from researchers that they would like to attend an employer event that is short and informal with more time for networking.

  • To watch interviews with some employers and alumni who have attended these events CLICK HERE
  • For a list of organisations who have worked with us on our Researcher skills programme, or who sent representatives to our events CLICK HERE

2017 / 18 Researcher Events Programme

Event dates will be finalised from the begining of November 2017, and booking details will be provided in due course. The following sectors / operational areas will be covered;

Forums & Tabletop Networking

  • Government & Policy
  • Finance
  • UK and Global Health
  • The Life Science Sector
  • Careers in Technology
  • Careers in Academia

 'Beyond Academia' Sessions

  • Careers in Communication
  • Management Consultancy
  • Non Academic Social & Market Research
  • Arts & Cultural Heritage
  • Non Academic Careers in Higher Education, Funding Bodies & Learned Societies

CAREERS CONSULTANT WORKSHOPS

  • All group sessions take place in the UCL Careers Seminar Room (except Social Media Workshop)
  • We have separate programmes of academic careers workshops for research students and research staff
  • Our non academic workshops are open to both research staff and students

Workshops for Research Students only (Academic Careers)

TOPIC
DATE / TIME
FURTHER INFO.
Academic Career Planning
10th Oct. 10:30 - 12 pm
 
Effective Academic Applications
1st Nov. 10:30 - 12pm
Bring Your Academic CV
Effective Academic Interviews
10th Nov. 1 - 2:30 pm
 
Academic Career Planning
29th Nov. 11 - 12:30 pm
 

 Workshops for Research Staff Only (Academic Careers)

  • Booking for Research Staff is now  through Eventbrite – please see details on the Researchers Newsletters (emailed to all Research Staff). Details are advertised 2/3 weeks prior to the workshop.   Alternatively please  email m.good@ucl.ac.uk
TOPIC
DATE / TIME
FURTHER INFO.
Academic Career Planning
6th Oct. 12 - 1:30pm
Bookings open 2 weeks in advance
Effective Academic Applications
3rd Nov. 11:30 - 1pm

Bring Your Academic CV

Bookings open 2 weeks in advance

Effective Academic Interviews
15th Nov. 11 - 12:30 pm
Bookings open 2 weeks in advance
Academic Career Planning 1st Dec. 10:30 - 12 pm
Bookings open 2 weeks in advance

 Non Academic Careers Workshops - Open to both Research students and Research Staff

  • Booking for Research Staff is now  through Eventbrite – please see details on the Researchers Newsletters (emailed directly to all Research Staff). Details are advertised 2/3 weeks prior to the workshop.   Alternatively please  email m.good@ucl.ac.uk
TOPIC
DATE / TIME
FURTHER INFO.
Using Social Media in your Job Hunt
4th Oct. 11:15 - 12:45pm

DMS Watson G15

Res Staff - Bookings open 2 weeks in advance

Making the Leap: How Researchers Find Non Academic Jobs
18th Oct. 10 - 12 pm

Before session: Think of researchers you know who have moved beyond academia

Res Staff - Bookings open 2 weeks in advance

Presenting your Skills: CVs & Application Form Questions
27th Oct. 10 - 11:30 am

Bring either your academic or non academic CV

Res Staff - Bookings open 2 weeks in advance

Marketing Yourself: Cover Letters & Personal Statements
8th Nov. 11 - 12:30 pm
Res Staff - Bookings open 2 weeks in advance
Making the Leap: How Researchers Find Non Academic Jobs
17th Nov. 12:30 - 2:30 pm

Before session: Think of researchers you know who have moved beyond academia

Res Staff - Bookings open 2 weeks in advance

Marketing Yourself: Interview Skills
22nd Nov. 10:30 - 12 pm
Res Staff - Bookings open 2 weeks in advance

EMPLOYER WORKSHOPS


For both academic and non-academic careers, these workshops help you identify and develop core competencies which are vital for you to compete in the job market.

2017 / 18 Workshops Programme

Workshop dates and topics will be finalised from the begining of November 2017, and booking details will be provided in due course. Topics likely to be covered include;

  • How to pitch your research skills / doctorate beyond academia
  • Non-academic applications and interviews
  • Essential workplace skills such as professional networking and business case study analysis.

Beyond Academia - Careers in Government for UCL PhDs and Researchers

Monday 20 November

6pm – 7pm (2 x 15 minute presentations by employers; 30 minutes of networking to follow).

More information and booking details are available here

EXTERNAL LINKS

Online Careers Libraries
Research Funding
Researcher Career Stories
 Academia Beyond the UK
Professional Development, Research Students
Professional Development, Research Staff