Being involved in postgraduate research can be quite a different experience to your undergraduate years, and whilst you’ll be used to working and making decisions independently, you can still access the support provided by the Careers Team, including a range of activities and resources specifically designed for PGRs. Whether you’re looking to stay in academia after completing your PhD or plan to move into a role in industry or the public sector, you can actively work on developing your employability during your time at LJMU:
Network your way to success
Having a strong network is important to secure your dream job. Ensure you start building your own network of useful contacts from the very beginning of your PhD, both within LJMU and beyond. Attend internal events organised by the Doctoral Academy and your school/faculty as well as external events such as conferences or networking events. Engage with any relevant professional or industry bodies to ensure you are up-to-date with any developments and trends in your chosen industry.
Promote your research
Seek out as many opportunities as possible to talk about and disseminate your research, e.g. by offering to present to undergraduate and postgraduate students at LJMU; attending research cafes, PGR events and conferences; setting up LinkedIn and ResearchGate profiles; and publishing your work.
Gain relevant experience
Gain as much relevant work experience alongside your PhD research as possible. If you are looking to stay in academia, any research and teaching/student support experience would be a great addition to your CV, so make sure your supervisors and other key staff within your faculty know that you’re interested in these opportunities. Experience as a student advocate can also be a great starting point, as it will hone your skills in planning and delivering activities for small groups. Any co-operation with outside partners and professional bodies will also strengthen your CV for applications for roles in industry.
How we can help:
- We offer a regular dedicated PGR duty on Tuesday afternoons in the Byrom Street Careers Zone and Wednesday afternoons in the Aldham Careers Zone from 1:30-3:30pm where you can get advice and support on CVs, applications and interview preparation. Look out for marketing e-mails from Dr Gwyneth Tyrer regarding this service and other careers and employability information relevant to PGRs. You can also discuss your career options with the Careers Adviser for your subject area. To arrange a meeting about any of the above, call into your nearest Careers Zone or phone 0151 231 2048/3719.
- In close co-operation with the Doctoral Academy, we deliver a programme of careers and employability workshops for PGRs throughout the academic year, including sessions on CVs and applications for PGRs, career options for PGRs in and outside of academia, and preparing for interviews for roles in and outside of academia. Keep an eye on your LJMU inbox for details of upcoming dates and register via Eventbrite.
- Take a look at our useful guides for PGRs on the resources page, including our PGR Careers Notebook, and our guide on Careers Essentials for Postgraduate Researchers, which provides information on working in universities and outside higher education, CVs and applications, interview skills, and making the most of LinkedIn and social media as a postgraduate researcher.
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