By this stage, you will hopefully have invested a certain amount of time in building up your transferable skills through attending PRDP courses, participating in seminars, presenting at conferences and maybe even publishing. Obviously, the final stage of your research degree should be devoted to completion and submission of your thesis and preparation for the Viva. However, even spending a small amount of time working to enhance your employability at this stage can be of tremendous benefit. The current section offers guidance on applying for jobs regardless of the area of employment you decide to pursue. It will begin with general advice on career planning and job applications for postgraduate research students. It also includes guideline on academic application and careers options beyond academia.
What to do next?
‘The End is Nigh’
It is possible that you may still be unsure at this point about your career destination at this stage. Don’t worry, this is natural: a research degree spans a considerable length of time during which life and career choices may change.
Advice and Guidance are Available from a Number of Sources:
Your Supervisory Team
By this stage, your principal and/or secondary supervisors should be better acquainted with you, intellectually, academically and personally and are equipped to provide you with some insight into what it’s like to work in academia.
PGR Careers Advisor
There is a dedicated Careers Adviser for Postgraduate Research Students who specialises in helping research students to plan their career pathways. she can be contacted by e-mailing email@example.com. Appointments can be booked at www.qub.ac.uk/myfuture. These appointments can be used to discuss any aspect of your future career options, writing CV's, completing application forms and preparing for interviews. Careers guidance is available to you no matter at any stage of your PG Research and up to 2 years after graduation. You can find details of careers events and vacancies at www.qub.ac.uk/myfuture.
Fellow PhD students
It is useful to speak to your PhD colleagues about their career plans. They might be able to advise you of options you’ve never heard of or considered before.
Researcher Development and Labour Market Information
Use the RDF to assess your current level of preparedness for a research career. Click here to consider the findings in Vitae’s ‘What Do Researchers Do?’ report which outlines the career paths of Doctoral Graduates.