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Careers and Enterprise

Resources for researchers

In this section we have gathered a range of resources specific to PhD students, covering a variety of career paths.

Career Planning for PhDs

A career planning timeline to follow throughout your PhD


Options Outside of Academia

A guide outlining different opportunities that might interest you


We appreciate that researchers are busy and can't always make it to workshops or career discussions. With this in mind, we have created a range of online resources.

Academic Careers
A range of resources for PhD students and early career researchers to help you progress and enhance your academic employment prospects.

Careers for Researchers
Helpful resources and information for those considering career options beyond academia. This could be a move into industry, a research institute, the private sector, or something completely different.

General Career Management
You may want to look at this range of information and tools that can help you make effective career choices and devise useful strategies to progress in your career. However, please note that it is usually more effective to use these tools and resources with another person such as a specialist Careers Consultant and / or your supervisor / principle investigator.

What do researchers do? Reports by Vitae

Vitae have produced a series of research reports and helpful resources (including career profiles and videos) on the theme of 'What do researchers do?'. These include information on the career destinations of PhD graduates and research staff across all disciplines.

The reports provide useful information on the numbers of researchers moving into various career sectors, their job titles and profiles of what they do in their roles. Although some of the reports were produced a few years ago, the messages from the data are still useful and relevant.

The reports include:

Note: Queen Mary pays to subscribe to Vitae, so you can create an account with your QMUL email address and browse all the content for free.