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Beyond the PhD

It can be difficult as a busy postgraduate student to think beyond your upgrade or final submission of your thesis. However, giving your post-Phd career some thought is time well spent and will help you plan ahead as much as possible. Perhaps you have changed your mind about the career you would like to pursue and are unsure how to make the transition. Maybe you are unsure which skills are important to your future employability. The Academic Practice Unit at Leicester offers a number of careers workshops tailored specifically to postgraduate students. The courses listed below are open to postgraduate students of all colleges. The full list of workshops offered can be found here.

Dates for your diary!

30 March Changing Your Career

8 May The Skills Employers Want

1 June Employability Skills Boot Camp

20 June Preparing for Job Applications & Interviews

25 June Planning your post-PhD career

6 July Building a Portfolio of Career Skills

The latest PGR Tips from Vitae contains some useful extracts from the Wilson review of ‘Business-University collaboration’. As noted by Vitae, gaining work experience through internships can be particularly beneficial to future employment. Leicester students interested in PhD internships should contact Martin Coffey (Careers Management Skills Developer).

See also: An academic career?


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