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Supporting your career ambitions

We'll help you develop your professional skills and career profile through a supportive, stimulating and structured environment.

Preparing for success

Whether you see your future in a research role in academia or industry, or wish to explore wider opportunities, we’ll offer you the support you need to achieve your ambitions.

Workshops and training

Our 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.

"Without my PhD and the enriched experiences that went with it, I would not be able to do my current job. I manage large scale archaeological research projects for Historic England, researching strategically important sites to broaden and deepen our understanding of the historic environment. Recent work has included excavations in the Stonehenge World Heritage Site."

David Roberts, Archaeologist Project Manager at Historic England (PhD Archaeology)

Professional Development Plan

You’ll be expected to analyse your training and development needs and produce a Professional Development Plan, which helps you to think about the skills, behaviours and attitudes you want to develop as a researcher at York. It allows constructive and reflective conversations about your professional development 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.

"York truly encouraged me to be an independent, self-motivated and collaborative musician. Without my PhD, I don't feel I would have carried on as a composer and may not have made it professionally, at least to the same level."

Dr Kerry Andrew, Award-winning composer, performer and writer (PhD Composition)

Teaching opportunities

Teaching can offer a valuable addition to your portfolio of skills by improving your confidence and your ability to explain and engage people with your research, and by developing 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 team will provide advice and support to help you achieve your career ambitions, as well as access to top recruiters through careers fairs and events on campus. If you want to start your own business, we can help you access funding, advice and guidance.

We also run a programme of networking events bringing together current postgraduate students and established alumni. These events provide valuable connections and opportunities across a range of sectors.

Lifelong community

When you leave us, you’ll be invited to join York Alumni Association, our global network of over 116,000 alumni.

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

Global opportunities

Global programmes and placements

Studying or working abroad is a life-changing experience that can boost your self-confidence, independence and ambition. It can enrich your study and give you the competitive edge you need to take the next step in your career.

Our Centre for Global Programmes can advise you on study and work abroad opportunities and funding, including exchanges, traineeships and independent projects.

Learn a language

We also offer a range of general and bespoke language courses, from beginners to advanced level.

Language skills can both impress potential employers and come in handy should you have to attend conferences abroad, or carry out research in another country.

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Research environment

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Global programmes

Explore your options to study or work abroad.

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Living and learning

Discover the postgraduate facilities that York offers.

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