Katie Timms is undertaking a PhD in Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine at the University of Leeds’ Institute of Medical & Biological Engineering, following her undergraduate degree in Medical Sciences (2015), also from the University of Leeds. In this post she explains why she chose to do a secondment during her PhD and how networking and her proactive approach helped her to secure it.
Why did I decide to undertake a secondment?
Browsing through twitter one afternoon I came across a poster describing alternative careers for scientists, based on the Science Council’s ’10 type of scientists’. In case you were wondering, there’s a quiz on the Science Council’s website! I have always been interested in science and research, but was curious about the alternative careers available following my PhD. Continue reading
If you’re about to start your final year at university, it can be an exciting – and potentially daunting – time. However you feel about it, the year is likely to fly by. Here are 3 key things we would encourage you to do this year to ensure a successful future – whatever you want that to be!
Getting some clarity in your interests and goals is really valuable. You do not need to decide what you want to do for the rest of your life – in all likelihood this will change throughout your working life – focus instead on what next after university.
Talk to people, attend events, explore what’s out there. Our Autumn Fair is a fantastic opportunity to do this, but keep an eye out for all the other events – university-wide as well as things happening in your school or faculty. These can give you invaluable insights into a whole range of careers.
Here, Louise Mustchin (Careers Consultant) and Becky Clark (Careers Consultant for Post Graduate Researchers) outline some of the options you might consider if you are thinking of alternative careers to academia, once you have completed your PhD.
Whether you have just submitted your thesis, or have just begun your PhD, you will most likely be thinking of what to do once you’ve finished. A career in academia might seem like the obvious route but an increasing number of PhD graduates are considering a career outside of lecturing and research.
In fact, 43.4% of University of Leeds PhD graduates were working in areas outside of academia, upon completing their doctorate. (DHLE 2013/14 – University of Leeds), some of the major growth areas being health and social care, engineering and IT. Continue reading
Naval Bhandari studied Computer Science at Leeds, graduating in Summer 2015. He was interested in going straight into work, but also really interested in research and doing a PhD. He wrote two posts for us last summer. In this first post, he outlines how he chose, and landed, his EngD opportunity at the University of Bath and what he found useful when considering doing a EngD.
Whilst at university, I was anxious to get into the real world and get a job, but I loved my academic studies and learning in this environment, so I was torn between a PhD and working after I had finished uni. In my second year, I had spotted a flyer on one of my lecturer’s doors and inquired about it. It was for an EngD (Doctorate of Engineering) in Computer Graphics/Digital Entertainment. EngD is similar to a PhD but aimed more at those with future interests in industry (there is further information about the differences here). The course structure had the first year be similar to a research masters degree, and the final three years in industry, whilst completing your thesis. It was aimed more towards industrial research as opposed to purely academic research. This seemed like the best of both worlds for me, as I could do full time work, as well as do research! The lecturer who advertised it explained a lot about it to me, including the hardships that come with doing a doctorate and how intense they can be. At that point I already had a placement year lined up, and I was only a second year student, so would have to wait 2 years to apply. I made sure to keep tabs on it until I entered my third year. Continue reading
Katherine Ingham is a qualified Maths Teacher, and works as the Teacher Education Partnership Manager in the School of Education at Leeds. She is also looking to enrol as a part-time EdD student alongside her job role.
My role is to manage the Teacher Education Partnership at the University of Leeds. This means that I work with Schools in the Yorkshire region who train teachers through our different PGCE programmes. I have worked in business and I have worked in teaching, and this role perfectly combines both aspects.
There are 3 different ways that the School of Education trains teachers; through the traditional University-led PGCE, through School Direct and through our new model of a SCITT PGCE. Each route offers something different and each has their own merits. The University-led PGCE offers a breadth of school-based experience and training based in current academic research into teaching practices. School Direct and SCITT PGCEs allow you to apply directly to work with a school cluster.
One thing that my experience in teaching has taught me is to adapt quickly and respond to new situations! Below I have tried to summarise some of the typical tasks in my role, and how a career in teaching is so much more than you might, at first, think. Continue reading
Jenny Smith is a final year PhD student, studying Medical and Biological Engineering, and has just secured a training contract with Urquhart-Dykes and Lord LLP, at their Leeds office. In this post she outlines how she found out about the profession and secured her role
With a year to go of my PhD, I started investigating new career paths, after deciding continuing in research and academia wasn’t for me. I attended a University of Leeds Careers Centre conference, ‘Gown to Town: Alternatives to an academic career’, and whilst there heard a talk by a patent attorney Continue reading
Are you considering an academic career? It can be difficult to know where to start, so in this blog post our Careers Consultant, Becky Clark, gives her top tips on how to be successful in academia.
Whether you are at undergraduate, Masters or doctoral (see definition below)* level you may be considering an academic career. If you are passionate about your subject, like, and are good at, research, love being within a university and want to share your knowledge with university students then an academic career may be for you. Continue reading
Being rejected is hard to take, and whilst it may feel like the end of the world at the moment, be reassured it isn’t. If you’ve found yourself in this situation and aren’t sure what to do next, read on as our Careers Consultant, Jean Harris, gives her advice on how to pick yourself up and start over.
Firstly, if your disappointment is preventing you from moving on and from considering your options, remember you can access help to deal with your feelings at the University’s Counselling Service.
Thwarted would-be doctors have a great deal to offer and do find other careers immensely satisfying. What are those careers and how do you start to consider where you go from here? Read on…. Continue reading
The Yorkshire Graduate Recruitment Fair is an annual event attended by national, international and local employers, recruitment agencies and universities (to speak about further study options), so there really is something for everyone! And even if you’re not graduating this year, this is a fantastic opportunity to start finding out about organisations and seeing what other opportunities they may have. Read on to find out how you can make the most of the fair.
There are some common misconceptions about job-searching that I hear again and again. Misconceptions that could seriously impact your chances of success if you take them at face value. In this post I aim to help you by dispelling some of these myths.
1. I should apply for as many jobs as possible to increase my chances of success
AKA the ‘scattergun approach’. Surely it’s logical that if you apply for more vacancies, then you are more likely to get a job, right? Not necessarily. When it comes to job-search, think quality over quantity Continue reading