Whether you're interested in working in academia or other sectors, Careers can provide advice, information and guidance, to help you explore your options.
The Research Excellence Training Team (RETT) can help you gain transferable skills through information resources, a training and development programme, and support with career planning.
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An academic career can be challenging and rewarding. Academia is a popular choice among research students, and as such can be very competitive. If you're hoping to start a career as an academic you should make time during your studies to gain teaching experience. Raise your profile by making submissions to reputable journals, participating in conferences, and establishing a presence on social media.
When considering a career in academia it is important you weigh up the pros and cons.
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As a research graduate, the skills you develop during your studies are highly valued in a wide variety of industries. Even if your work isn't classified as research, you'll find your research techniques will come in useful.
We recommend setting up a LinkedIn account so you can begin to build your professional profile and get noticed by employers.
Competition for research and lecturing posts is strong. There are, however, a range of non-academic roles in higher education. See the working in higher education section on the Vitae website for more information.
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The Tier 4 Doctorate Extension Scheme allows you to work in the UK for 12 months following your PhD. You must apply after your viva and before you submit your final bound thesis. You cannot apply once your course has been completed. You must have a current Tier 4 visa.