Find out more about careers in industry with Career Mentoring

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Career Mentoring offers career support through pairing students with mentors working in industry. Mentoring gives you the opportunity to hear first-hand about career options outside academia.

Meet Joy, one of our mentors Read the rest of this entry »


Explore careers outside academia with Career Mentoring

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mentoringCareer Mentoring offers Newcastle University postgraduate students career support through pairing you to a mentor working in the region. Mentoring gives you the opportunity to learn about career options outside academia and how your skills can be used in other settings.

What is Career Mentoring?

Mentoring is a partnership with the goal of achieving professional and personal development. A mentor is a trusted adviser and role model who can act as a sounding board for your career aspirations. Mentoring is also a great way to boost your awareness about opportunities available in industry and how your skills and experience could be used. Your mentor can share their personal journey to help you identify your career goal and make steps towards achieving it.

Students already taking part in the programme have spoken about career pathways and strategies with their mentor along with how to establish a work life balance in industry. Read the rest of this entry »

Bioscience Careers Blog

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Sarah Blackford, head of Education & Public Affairs at the Society for Experimental Biology has launched the Bioscience Careers Blog. This is aimed at those working and studying in Bioscience in the Higher Education Sector and features resources, news, events and other information to help you in your career development. There are specific sections aimed at postdoctoral researchers and research students and even those outside of bioscience may find some of the posts useful.

On the Newcastle Researchers’ Blog you will find a page called ‘other blogs for researchers’ which features a link to the Bioscience Careers Blog and other blogs of interest to researchers. If you know of other blogs that could help researchers with their career thinking, do tell us about them!

Science Career Fair

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 Now in its fourth year, the Naturejobs Career Expo (formerly The Source Event) is the UK’s largest career fair and conference for the scientific world.

The Expo promotes the UK and Europe as great places to pursue a career in science, be it in industrial research, research organisations or academia. It presents opportunities from public, private, national and international organisations.

You can meet with potential employers offering hundreds of genuine vacancies. The conference plenary and workshop sessions provide a unique opportunity to meet high profile scientists and gain careers information and advice.

Over 1000 experienced UK and European scientists, in physics, chemistry, the life sciences and medical sciences, actively seeking their next career move attend.

Of the 2009 London event attendees:

  • 72% were in full time employment
  • 65% held a PhD degree
  • 79% were over 25 years old

23rd September, 2010 – Business Design Centre, London

More information and details about how to register available here.


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When I tell people I’m a writer, they ask me what my novel is about and if I have a publisher.  When I tell people I’m doing a PhD in creative writing, I’m usually asked how a creative discipline functions within a traditionally academic environment.  Actually, people usually ask if I think creative writing can be taught.  For my answer, read this recent article in the Guardian Review by Rachel Cusk and pretend I’m there, reading it out loud and passing it off as my own words.

As a writer, there’s a clear – albeit financially unrealistic – career path: write a book then publish it.  Repeat ad infinitum.  As a creative practise-based academic, the boundaries over what I’m writing and why I’m writing it are much less clear, as are my thoughts about where I want to go next, and how I want to get there.

My PhD has prepared me for a career in academia but, having gone straight from my undergraduate MA Hons in English Literature at St Andrews University to an MLitt in SELLL here at Newcastle University, and then staying on for a Creative Writing PhD,  I feel like I’m due a break from foot-notes.

So, for the first time since I started my PhD, I’m looking around the recession-scarred landscape to see what jobs both interested in and qualified for and trying to work out what I want to do once I’ve submitted my thesis

Over the next twelve months I’ll be finishing the writing-up process, going through my viva, and looking for paid employment.  I’ll be blogging here regularly about the ups and downs of career hunting as a writer and a researcher, and what I’m doing in terms of professional development.

Viccy Adams is a final year Creative Writing PhD student at Newcastle University, funded by the AHRC.  Her research examines the intersections between single-author short story collections and novels, with a particular focus on the contemporary British publishing industry. 

Fab job opportunity!!

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Calling all Arts, Humanities and Cultural PhDs! Check out this great opportunity to work for Arts Research Digest

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Arts Research Digest provides a unique overview of current research in the arts, media and cultural sectors worldwide. Their mission is to facilitate and promote the exchange of research and ideas between local and national cultural sectors in the UK and all over the world.

Arts Research Digest is published six times a year and they are currently looking for an online copy writer and editor to cover maternity leave!

If you think this is something you would like to do or is the kind of work experience that could kick start your career please email all enquiries to

Confused career thinking?

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I’ve been thinking recently about careers blockages. I meet quite a few PhDs and researchers who end up drifting into careers rather than choosing them (I recognise them clearly since I was a ‘drifter’ myself!). They’re hurtling towards the edge of the cliff that is the end of their funding or contract, when their supervisor or PI lands another wodge of money and offers to extend their contract for another year or two. Saved! In the blink of an eye, they’re five years down the line of being a researcher and think of their career as something that’s somehow ‘happened’ to them, rather than it being something that they deliberately chose to do.

I got to wondering why this might be. Some of it is obviously down to pure unbridled panic (“if I don’t take the contract then how the hell will I pay the rent?!!?”), but I think that, for many people, it’s down to fear about making a decision – after all, if you don’t choose to do something, then you’re not to blame when it doesn’t work out! And then I stumbled across this article by careers theorist David Winter, who writes about confused career thinking (aka cognitive biases), and it really struck a chord. I reckon that I’ve fallen foul of at least 7 of his career traps at one point or another. How many of them have blocked your thinking?