Adviser talking to a PhD student in an interview room

August 27, 2020, by Jackie Thompson

Starting a PhD? Dip your toe into the world of careers

By Kirstin Barnard and Lucie Whitfield, Senior Careers Advisers (PhD students and Research Staff)

Hello and welcome to Nottingham from the Careers and Employability Service. We’re here to support your career journey every step of the way: to develop your ideas and plans, make the most of the opportunities on offer at the University, and make the transition into the world of academia or industry.

Before you get engrossed in your research, we want to encourage you to be proactive with your time and give some thought to where your future may lie. To get you started, here are three things you can do to dip your toe into the world of careers.

1. Watch our video

In less than two minutes, you’ll find out more about us and how we can help.

2. Read Andrew’s blog post about his first year as a PhD student

In his blog, Andrew Wilhelmsen gives his perspective on what he learned during his first year.  When Andrew started his PhD, he didn’t know where it would lead but a year on his career is starting to take shape.

PhD student pushing button about Doctorate of Philosophy concept

3. Explore what’s on offer at Nottingham

Exploring the myriad of opportunities available at the University will bring so many benefits from meeting new people and having time away from the intensity of your research to supporting your career development. Listen to Dr Emma Taylor-Steeds talk about her journey from a PhD in chemistry to equality and diversity roles within higher education. Emma explains how she broadened her experiences at Nottingham as a way of exploring her career options.

When you’re ready to do more, start having a look around our PhD website and get in contact!

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