Episode 2: Stepping up, moving on and alternative career paths for researchers
What do researchers go on to do after their PhD? What are the different career paths available? What are the transferable skills you develop as a researcher?
Careers consultant Kate Murray from Kings College London provides her advice, and also previous PhD students working outside of academia to get a taster of some of the different career paths researchers take.
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Written by Jamie Chadd (Research Administrator – Admissions and Conferment)
On Tuesday 31 October 2018, the Doctoral College sent myself, Academic Manager Julia Taylor and Marketing Account Manager Cathi Farrer to the FindAPhD Live! fair in Oxford. Our job was to talk to potential PGRs about what we offer at BU, from our areas of study and current research themes to fees, funding and Bournemouth nightlife. Armed with plenty of leaflets, booklets, postcards and pens, we spent three hours at Oxford Town Hall discussing research ideas and answering questions.
And there were plenty of ideas and questions throughout the session. We spoke to a lady who wanted to bring digital media into the world of fine art; a man who worked on using multiple different frame rates in the same film; an individual wanting to explore international aid and development law; another looking into the regional diplomatic effects of the Rohingya crisis, and many more ranging from health sciences to accounting and finance. We also helped to answer some of the burning issues potential PGR applicants have – how do you write a research proposal? Should I contact supervisors that match my interests? When are your studentships announced?
There was of course the opportunity to discuss the other things that make studying at BU special – the excellent Researcher Development Programme which offers a huge variety of workshops PGRs can tailor to their own needs and requirements, our work on the fusion themes and how they filter into our PGR environment, and the exciting new buildings being built both at Talbot and Lansdowne. Not to mention our sunny Bournemouth beaches, which might swing an application or two our way alone!
We also took this time to have a look at the other university stands and how they promoted their own research departments. There were some really smart prospectuses and brochures that have given us an idea or two, and conversations with representatives from other institution highlighted developments in the sector.
Our hosts were great too; their QR-scanning facility meant we could scan the badge of each interested person, logging their ideas down so we could email them specific information this week. We even managed to turn one of our conversations into an application which came in the next morning!
Overall the FindaPhd fair was a great opportunity to speak to prospective PGRs about their aspirations and understand what they are looking for at research institutions. We have taken on board what we found out and will use it to ensure BU is attractive to new students.
FindaPhD.com lists new PhD opportunities as they come out and also post plenty of articles about applying, writing research proposals and seeking funding.
The British Library is running a series of Open Days for Doctoral Students, taking place in December 2017 as well as January and February 2018. The Doctoral Open Days are a chance for PhD students who are new to the Library to discover the British Library’s unique research materials. All events take place in the British Library Conference Centre at St Pancras, London, except for the event on Wednesday 31 January 2018, which takes place at the Library’s site in Boston Spa, Yorkshire. For further details of the all Open Days and how to book please visit the website. Places cost £10.00 including lunch and other refreshments.
The application deadline for 2017-18 Santander Mobility Awards for PGRs is fast approaching.
Make sure you submit your completed application form by 09:00 Monday 13 November 2017 in order to be considered.
Full details can be found on the website
The Doctoral College would like to present the new 2017 / 2018 Researcher Development Programme
This monthly update is for PGRs and their supervisors to outline upcoming research skills and development opportunities including events, workshops and networking opportunities supported by the Doctoral College. In this update we would like to introduce the inaugural 3 Minute Thesis (3MT®) event and R.E.D talks, alongside the Researcher Development Programme for 2017-18, the 10th Annual Postgraduate Conference and Santander Mobility Fund. These exciting development opportunities are taking place now so check out our application processes and booking information to advance your current skills, knowledge and networks.
Don’t forget to check out out the Doctoral College Facebook page and Researcher Development Hub on the website.