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Supporting your career ambitions

Develop your professional skills and career profile in a supportive and stimulating environment.

Preparing for success

Whether you see your future in a research, industry, or beyond, we’ll offer you the support you need to achieve your ambitions.

Boosting your skills

Our award-winning Research Excellence Training Team (RETT) provides a range of courses and workshops to equip you with the skills, attributes and knowledge to thrive as an independent researcher. These cover four broad areas:

  • knowledge and intellectual abilities
  • personal effectiveness
  • research governance and organisation
  • engagement, influence and impact.

You can also access workshops on topics including presentation skills, project management and networking, and participate in events to share your research.

A postgraduate research degree at York has been the foundation of a passionate and successful professional life. The modules, conferences and research centres at the University allowed me to gain knowledge and think outside the box to pursue economic research. I now provide financial policy advice for developing economies to achieve a more sustainable and inclusive economic growth and development.

Osvaldo, Economic Consultant, Central Bank of Dominican Republic (PhD Economics)

Professional Development Plan

You’ll be encouraged to produce a Professional Development Plan. It allows constructive conversations about the skills, behaviours and attitudes you want to develop as a researcher with your supervisor and Thesis Advisory Panel.

As a research graduate, the skills you develop during your studies are highly valued in a wide variety of industries. Even if your future work isn’t classified as research, you’ll find the research techniques you’ll learn will always be useful.

I’ve really enjoyed the opportunities I’ve gained through my PhD. Conferences have taken me around the world and collaborations with industry have given me an insight into other ways of conducting research. I'm excited to be working on taking my PhD research into industry - to see my work contribute to products that are on the market would be amazing!

Nicola (PhD Joint Maths and Physics)

Teaching opportunities

From laboratory demonstrations to leading seminars and marking, teaching can improve your confidence and offer a valuable addition to your portfolio of skills. It can develop your ability to explain and engage people with your research and your skills of creativity and innovation.

Explore teaching opportunities at York

As a Graduate Teaching Assistant I gained experience in holding seminars, teaching lectures, marking and providing feedback. I found teaching really rewarding and I gained a lot of transferable skills in presenting information and encouraging discussion.

Ro Smith (PhD Philosophy)

Careers support

Our Careers and Placements team includes a dedicated postgraduate careers consultant. They provide information, advice and support as well as access to a variety of recruiters through careers fairs and networking events. Our enterprise team can also offer guidance and help you find funding to start a business. With a rich programme of networking events, you can make connections with established alumni from a range of sectors.

Lifelong community

When you leave us, you'll be part of a global alumni community through York Global Alumni Association, our global network of over 130,000 York graduates.

Our lifelong community gives you access to continued careers support and networking opportunities with fellow York graduates.

Study or work abroad

Depending on your research area, you may be able to apply for a study or work placement at one of our partner universities or host organisations. There are also opportunities to immerse yourself in a two-week interdisciplinary academic and cultural programme at an international partner university. These global opportunities can offer a life-changing experience which will enrich your study, give you a new perspective in your field of expertise and allow you to make valuable professional connections.

Our Global Opportunities team can advise and support you with study and work abroad opportunities.

Discover opportunities

Languages for all

We also offer free language and intercultural courses to help you prepare for a period of work or study abroad and a number of general and bespoke language courses, from beginner to advanced level.

York Graduate Research School

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Research environment

Our world-renowned research institutes, centres and facilities.

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Global Opportunities

Explore your options to study or work abroad.

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Living and learning

Find out what life is like as a postgrad at York.

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