Transitioning out of academia

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Great post from The Thesis Whisperer blog on “Transitioning out of academia“. The post itself is written by guest blogger Shari Walsh:

Shari Walsh worked as an expert PhD career counsellor when I first met her, around 5 years ago. Now she runs her own business called ‘Growth Psychology’ and specialises in helping PhD students develop a successful post-PhD career both inside and outside of academia, amongst other things. In this post Shari shares her own transition story and offers you the benefit of her expert advice – for free :-)

It’s well worth a look if you haven’t checked it out already.

Making the leap from academia to industry

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Thinking about how your PhD can be transferred to industry?  Check out this interesting blog post from IT firm Scott Logic.  It’s great to hear how the transferable skills, especially problem solving, gained from PhD research are valued; and that time spent in academia from an industry perspective is viewed so positively.

Interested in finding out more about how your research skills can be used in industry?  Have a look at the Career Mentoring programme for the opportunity to be paired with a mentor working in industry to discuss career options and find out more about career opportunities within an industry setting.

Guest post from our Mentoring Coordinator, Helen Hayes


How well do you understand your values and motivations?

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  The Vitae website has a wealth of resources and advice designed specifically for researchers. Whether your ambition is to stay within or move outside academia they will support you with information on careers, professional development, research management, and much more. The website is  rich in information and advice and there are only so many hours in a day so they’ve decided to share its content with you in more easily manageable chunks. This week highlights are the career management section of the website, particularly focusing on Understanding your skills, motivations and values, in other words what drives you in life.

We think it’s a good place to start considering your career and professional development.   Vitae

Hot tip! Print the pdf of  The career-wise researcher and focus on the first chapter: Understanding yourself

STEM placements in India for UK PhD students

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British Council India and India’s Department of Science and Technology are inviting applications for funding to support short-term PhD placements for UK students in India for 3-6 month placements.

This PhD programme is being run under the Newton-Bhabha Fund, a part of the Newton Fund. Through the Newton Fund, the UK will use its strength in research and innovation to promote economic development and social welfare of partner countries


Applications are welcome from UK PhD students studying STEM subjects – particularly those interested in:

  • Sustainable Cities and Rapid Urbanisation
  • Public Health and Well being
  • Energy Water Food Nexus

Application process

The application form can be found here.

Deadline for applying 31 July 2015
Notification to successful applicants 15 October 2015
Grant received by 15 December 2015
Placement period 3 to 6 months between January and October 2016

More information on the programme, who is eligible, what the scheme covers and how to apply can be found here.

How effective is your job application technique?

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thumbs-down-cartoonHave a go at this quick quiz to see if your approach to job applications gets the ‘thumbs up’ or the ‘thumbs down’………. thumbs up

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The Careers Service is recruiting

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Are you interested in 1:1 work with students? Do you have excellent people skills and experience of giving 1:1 advice in a workplace or voluntary setting? Why not apply to become one of our CV advisers?

The Careers Service is now recruiting paid part-time CV Advisers for the next academic year.

CV Advisers provide 1:1 CV and covering letter feedback to students and graduates of all degree disciplines and academic stages as part of a drop-in service, via e-mail and at Careers Service events.

Please note: Applicants MUST be a Newcastle University student throughout the academic year 2015/16.Students in front of purple and green wall taken by Jim McAdam


Apply by Sunday 21st June for this part-time role.

Apply online and search for ‘CV Adviser’ here.

Rise Up Business Boot Camp

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Location: King’s Road Centre
Time/Date: 24th July 2015 – 26th July 2015

Find a team. Develop an idea. Build a business.

The Rise Up Business Boot Camp is an intensive, hands-on, residential weekend experience for students and recent graduates who are passionate about developing innovative solutions to real world problems.

We’ll help you develop ideas and form teams with like-minded aspiring entrepreneurs and you’ll experience the process of developing a business model, testing it with real people and pitching it to a panel of business experts.  This all takes place over one amazing, action-packed weekend!

Taking part in the Boot Camp will allow you to: learn how to test and develop new business ideas, work with others to achieve success and discover if you’ve got what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur.

Outstanding teams will win the opportunity to receive support from Rise Up, including the chance…

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