Career paths of researchers

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Do you want to make more informed decisions about the next steps in your career?

Do you want to explore the many options that are available to doctoral graduates to assist with your career decision making?

What do researchers do? Labour market information

is a new online resource on the career destinations of doctoral graduates from Vitae.

  • Find out about the fifteen main employment sectors for doctoral graduates, including the current state of the industry, future projected trends, the roles that doctoral graduates have taken up in each sector in recent years and useful resources, including key employers within the sector
  • Read profiles on sixty of the most common occupations for doctoral graduates, including numbers of doctoral graduates entering these jobs, a brief explanation of what the role entails, entry requirements, typical salaries and useful links
  • Explore the career paths and destinations which researchers from individual disciplines and subjects have followed
  • Get advice on using labour market information to assist with career planning

Remember, you also have access to 1:1 advice and support through the Newcastle University Careers Service and indepth resources and information through the Careers Service website.


Research students – tell us what you think of our website

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Fancy telling us what you think of the Careers Service website in exchange for £5?

We’re looking for up to nine participants to help us test our site between 28 March and 5 April. We will take up no more than 45 minutes of your time and we’ll also reward you with a £5 Amazon voucher for your trouble. No prior knowledge or technical skills are needed. We are looking for participants who are available during the following times. You will then be given a 45 minute timeslot to attend.

Monday 28 March: 3.30 pm – 4.15 pm

Thursday 31 March: 9.30 am – 12.15 pm

Tuesday 5 April: 9.30 am – 12.15 pm

You must be a current student or recent graduate of Newcastle University to take part and you will need to be able to visit the Careers Service.

Interested? E-mail  with your availability, course title and stage of study. Places will be issued on a first come, first served basis. If you do not hear back from us, please assume that all places have been filled.

Aspiring academic?

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The University of Manchester received Roberts funding to develop a website to support aspiring academics. It is now live and open to all researchers and you can access it here.

It includes video clips of academics and early career researchers and has sections on:-

  • “Is an academic career for you?” (looked at from UG/Masters, PhD and post-doc perspectives, separately) 
  • About academic careers” (what do academics do, career paths and section on “PhD and beyond”)
  • Finding jobs (including why you need to network)
  • Making applications (with ideas on finding example CVs)
  • Interviews and assessment (with an academic question bank)

I’d like to know what you think of it – so please post your thoughts and comments here. The Careers Adviser at Manchester who worked on it is keen to develop it further and would also like your feedback. You can provide direct feedback via the Manchester Blog.  

Hope you find it useful.