Careers for researchers
We’re committed to supporting the career development of our PhD students and post-doctoral research staff at The University of Stirling. You can access our careers advice for researchers, whether you’re thinking of continuing your academic career or considering a career outside of academia.
Careers for researchers outside of academia
You may not want to pursue a career in academia and there are other options you can consider. You’ll have built up a range of transferable skills during your research course including problem solving, interpersonal skills and project management.
- So, how do you go about transferring these skills into a tangible career option? Start by taking a step back and think about:
- What do I want? Your values and motivations.
- What can I do? Your skills and strengths.
- What is available? Type of work, lifestyle, employers, roles.
- Think about what experience you have and how you can build up more experience in the area, through job shadowing for example.
Not sure which career route to take?
It’s a good idea to start exploring your career options as early as possible. Here are useful resources to get started:
- 'Your PhD...What next?' - can help you identify options and appreciate the labour market for researchers.
- Professional development for researchers - Vitae provide many career resources, helping you to acknowledge your strengths and plan your continuing professional development.
- The Vitae Researcher Development Framework (RDF) - describes the knowledge, behaviours and attributes of successful researchers. It is a useful tool for you to demonstrate the transferable skills you've developed during your Phd, doctorate or research degree.
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