I finish up today for maternity leave, so won’t be posting for the next while, but there are still plenty of sites where you can find PGR specific careers info and get guidance and advice on your career plans…
First of all, I often reference Vitae in this blog because they’re a body that exist solely to provide this kind of info for research students and staff. If you haven’t already looked at their careers pages, there’s lots of good info there including stats on what PhDs do, CV advice and examples and case studies of PGRs who’ve gone on to do all kinds of interesting things. If you find those case studies interesting, you can also see more at Beyond the PhD from Arts & Humanities graduates.
On the other hand, I wouldn’t write off general graduate careers sites – even though they’re not specifically designed for PhDs there’s lots of info which can be particularly useful if you want to think about other options but don’t know where to start. For example, Prospects has short descriptions of a wide variety of job titles with info about what’s involved, how and where to find vacancies, and indications of average salaries and longer-term prospects. For those of you looking for a place to start, a new tool on the Gradireland site aims to build a profile of careers you might be interested in, and while I wouldn’t recommend basing your life plans solely on an online quiz, it might give you some ideas.
Meanwhile for those of you focussing on academic careers, you’re probably already using jobs.ac.uk to look for vacancies, but did you know there’s also a growing list of articles, blogs and CV templates on there too? The Times Higher is also invaluable for keeping up to date with the latest debates in the field, and if you’re looking at the North American market the Chronicle provides an equivalent.
These are just a few of my most used starting points – if you’re aware of any other great resources then why not use the comments facility to post them here? Of course, if you’d rather explore career options and info face-to-face there will still be career-related PSTP workshops running throughout the year, and if you want to arrange an individual discussion about your plans just email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bye for now, and good luck with your plans!