Career support for PhD students

Two specialist Careers Consultants, Gemma Garrett and Andrea Cox, provide careers support for PhD students and postdoctoral/early career researchers across all three faculties at QMUL.

One to Ones

Free, confidential one-to-one appointments are available to PhD students and postdoctoral researchers each week, from 11am to 12:30pm and 1:30pm to 2:30pm on Mondays and Tuesdays. These are held at The Careers and Enterprise Centre (WG3, near the Octagon in the Queens Building) and can be booked by telephone on 020 7882 8533, or in person at the Centre. You can discuss a range of issues, including:

  • Career options, planning and job hunting (whether you want a career in academia or elsewhere)
  • CV, covering letter and application advice
  • Interview preparation (including practice interviews).

To find out more, visit: www.careers.qmul.ac.uk/researchers/advice/index.html

Events

A range of alumni, employer, and student-led events are timetabled each academic year, including:

  • PhD alumni discussion panels and speed networking events
  • Employer-led events – talks from PhD employers. For example, employers at previous events have included PhD alumni discussing self-employment and a social enterprise called The Brilliant Club that arranges for PhD students to deliver tutorials in secondary schools.
  • Café Scientifique (hosted in collaboration with our Centre for Academic and Professional Development) – speakers are current PhD students talking about their research to non-specialist audiences. Volunteering to talk at these events is a great way to practise and develop your communication and public engagement skills.

Events are listed and available to book at: www.cpdbookings.qmul.ac.uk.

Workshops

A variety of workshops, tailored to PhD students. These are all listed and available to book at www.cpdbookings.qmul.ac.uk, and include:

  • Academic career planning – delves into the skills and experiences required for a career in academia, where to look for academic jobs and what should be included in a good application
  • CVs and applications for jobs outside Academia – explores how to identify the skills you have developed during your PhD and present them in a way that is meaningful to a broad range of employers
  • Interview skills – gives an overview of the skills and experiences that academics and non-academic recruiters are looking for and how to answer interview questions using evidence to substantiate your answers
  • Career Options beyond Academia – includes case studies from former QMUL research alumni who have moved into non-academic career paths
  • LinkedIn secrets for researchers: finding jobs outside academia – A practical workshop to help you develop your LinkedIn profile and enhance your job hunting and networking skills through LinkedIn.

Careers resources and job opportunities

Work Experience

Internship and work placement opportunities (note: these are available to all QMUL students)

The Careers and Enterprise Centre also runs a suite of internship and work experience opportunities for all QMUL students, under the QRecruit umbrella. These include internship placements (QInterns) and temporary, part-time work opportunities (QTemps). Although the schemes are not specifically aimed at PhD students, some of the roles advertised roles may be more suited to PhDs than undergraduates.

Activities specifically for PhD students

  • OneStart Bootcamp: QMUL collaborate with the Oxbridge Biotech Roundtable each year to host the two-day ONEStart Biotechnology Boot Camp (http://onestart.co/). Take part and to hear from industry experts about how to develop a business plan. Get inspiration to help you think about commercial avenues for your research.
  • There are opportunities to participate in Biotechnology YES (www.biotechnologyyes.co.uk) each year. Contact: Gemma Garrett, Careers Consultant for Researchers, (g.garrett@qmul.ac.uk) for more details.
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