Resources for researchers
In this section we have gathered a range of resources specific to PhD students, covering a variety of career paths.
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.
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:
- What do researchers do? First destinations of doctoral graduates by subject: Analysis of first employment destinations of doctoral graduates 2003-2007 from UK universities by discipline and subject
- What do researchers do? Career profiles of doctoral graduates 2009: A collection of 40 career profiles and around 1000 first destination job titles of doctoral graduates
- What do research staff do next?: An investigation into the careers of research staff who moved from research posts in European higher education institutions to other occupations and employment sectors
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.