Career Planning 101: what next beyond the DPhil?

It can seem overwhelming at times considering what your next job role might be whilst still working hard on your thesis. Do I stay in academia, or move beyond? How do I find opportunities? Will I be a competitive applicant?

Reflection and ‘career planning’ can help answer these important questions, alleviate concerns, and ensure positive steps are taken. In this presentation we will present a range of approaches and tools to get started in defining what an exciting, fulfilling career looks like for you and how to develop a strategy that will get you there.


1. Exercises to assess your present career situation – what is working for you? What needs to change?
2. Tools to identify your motivators and values – what makes a fulfilling career and job role for you?
3. Methods to explore career options – how to find job roles and learn what skills and experience they require.
4. Create an ‘action plan’ of goals to guide your development and unlock your future role


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