Job seeking

Jobs for PhDs on our vacancies online site – current vacancies

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Job seekingWe’ve got a lot of resources on the Careers Service website to help you find vacancies, whether that’s sector-specific job sites on our exploring occupations pages, local companies you can send a speculative application to from our North East Graduate Directory, or broader options for finding vacancies (not forgetting, of course, the good advice we have on job seeking on this very blog). Read the rest of this entry »

Employers come to town- are you missing a great opportunity?

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As some employers look to complete their annual intake whilst others may be hitting the market for the first time prompted recruitment_fairsby the influx of new graduates, many universities across the UK including Newcastle, host Graduate Fairs to bring together recruiters and potential applicants  Given how few organisations target postgraduates directly, it’s easy to assume these events have little to offer those with research experience.

However, in reality the majority of PhD graduates eventually find work outside academia making recruitment fairs potentially a great opportunity to explore some of the options, provided you keep an open mind and understand most graduate recruiters will be more interested in the relevance of your background than the level of your degree.

Whether you’re already searching for jobs or life outside academia still seems a distant prospect, read on and find out why an hour at Newcastle Graduate Recruitment Fair (NGRF) could be your most productive lunch break yet. Read on for more…. Read the rest of this entry »

Got a PhD in science? Now what?

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Really interesting article from a former academic in Australia, on transitioning out of academia. Don’t be put off by the word ‘science’ – having transitioned out of my social science career, I think there’s lots  that researchers in other disciplines can take away from the article.

Got a PhD in science? Now what? › Analysis and Opinion (ABC Science).

Looking for postdoc jobs – are you giving yourself a fighting chance?

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If you’re looking for a postdoc, you’ll need no reminder of the challenges ahead. Limited funding and increasing numbers of applicants makes for fierce competition. Faced with such a gloomy outlook, it’s easy to feel despondent about your chances. Thankfully, statistics rarely convey individual experience. Talk to those who’ve already made it and you’ll quickly learn that much can be done to improve your odds. The Guardian recently did some networking of it’s own and gathered some great tips for those looking for post doc jobs. Post doc

Advice from others is often one of the most helpful approaches to finding work yet many graduates struggle to reach the right people. Working in university research, you’re probably already working alongside (or nearby) those who’ve fought their way to where you want to be. Most people are happy to talk about their experience. Take advantage of your position, talk to those ‘in the know’, follow their advice and give yourself the best possible chance of success and while you’re working through their advice, maybe reading about others‘ six months on from the job hunt will reassure you it can be done.

Looking for first-rate job opportunities in the North East – as well as other locations across the UK?

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DWP siteAs someone who moved to the North East many years ago never thinking they’d be the career opportunities to stay long term, it doesn’t come as a surprise to me when researchers keen to remain here, are concerned about limiting their career prospects if they stay, so it’s always good to share opportunities that help to address this concern and show that higher education isn’t the only place that values higher level research and analytical skills. Read the rest of this entry »

Doctorate Extension Scheme workshops for PhD students

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VC Prof Chris Brink with StudentsSome good news! We are introducing a new one hour visa workshop this year targeted at PhD students.

Understanding the Doctorate Extension Scheme – for PhD students on a Tier 4 visa who would like to stay in the UK after their course ends

If you are currently studying for a PhD on a Tier 4 visa, you can apply for the Doctorate Extension Scheme to stay in the UK for 12 months after your course has ended. You can use the 12 months to gain further experience in your chosen field, seek skilled work, or develop plans to set up your own business.

Come to this workshop to find out more about how this visa extension works and how you can apply for it before your PhD comes to an end. The Visa Team and the Careers Service will be working together to deliver the workshop and ensure you have all the information you need to make an effective application at the right time.

The workshop will run 4 times during this academic year. You don’t need to book in advance, just turn up!

Monday 2nd February – 3-4pm – King’s Gate Room1.26

Thursday 2nd April – 12-1pm – King’s Gate Room 1.26

Thursday 11th June – 1-2pm – King’s Gate Room 1.26

Tuesday 11th August – 12-1pm – King’s Gate Room 1.26

Details about the workshops can be found on the events pages of the Careers Service website.

Interested in science and engineering opportunities outside academia? Talk with employers today

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Many PhD graduates are frustrated at how few employers specify an interest in a higher research qualification. Outside of academia, the value of a PhD in the graduate job market is still hard to measure and varies widely between employers. Whilst there will be opportunities where it’s essential, there will be many more where it’ll be up to the individual to recognise and sell the relevance and value of what they have to offer.

Job Fair

Today you have the opportunity to meet with 80+ graduate recruiters and find out where your higher level skills might be used outside of academia. Few of the companies present will advertise specifically for a PhD qualification but many have recruited PhD graduates in the past. This is your chance to learn more about what they do, who they work with, typical projects and new developments in their sector and if they have previously recruited PhD graduates, in what areas.

It’s not too late to get along to JobFest at St.James’s Park. Check the online brochure for a detailed list of who’ll be there, grab a sandwich and get down to St.James’s Park now. Don’t miss this great opportunity to gain first hand knowledge and insights into the job market for PhD graduates outside of academia.