Seeking opportunities within academia and beyond
The academic sector is very competitive – you need to be highly motivated and committed to be successful in gaining a post. There are few permanent research posts available so your application needs to be as strong as possible. For more information look at Your PhD on Prospects website.
You can of course apply for jobs outside your field of academic expertise: 70% of graduate jobs are open to applicants of any discipline. More than 50% of PhD graduates work outside the higher education sector after gaining their research degree.
Look at Exploring your career options to help identify the types of job that appeal to you and why. Use the resources on our Job seeking pages to help find vacancies. You can also make speculative applications directly to employers you would like to work for.
Jobs on Toast is a blog written by a former PhD researcher who has made a career outside academia. It gives useful insights into how to plan your career outside academia and market yourself to potential employers.
If you want to work outside academia, you will need to re-focus your applications. Make your CV a shorter, ‘non-specialist’ document which highlights your transferable skills, and limit the length to a maximum of two sides of A4.
Look at our CV pages for more information about different types of CV.