Key resources

Here are some key resources to help you plan your career:

Web pages


There are several blogs which contain information on career paths for researchers, including some written by former PhD students. Here are some useful blogs to follow:

  • The Thesis Whisperer - useful insider views on the process of completing a PhD.
  • The Research Whisperer - similar to The Thesis Whisperer, but more geared towards research staff and early-career academics.
  • Jobs on toast - a variety of tips and thoughts on life during and after the PhD.
  • Kings College London Graduate School.
  • PhD Career Guide - interesting articles and podcasts of researcher career stories.
  • From PhD to Life - has a resources section and researcher career stories in the form of 'transitional Q & As'.
  • The Early Career Blog - Steve Joy's blog has useful careers advice for early career researchers, mainly focussed on academic careers.
  • Branching Points - mainly for scientists. Has career profiles of PhD graduates and other resources.
  • Naturejobs blog - mix of expert advice and personal stories, for scientists who seek guidance in developing their careers.


The University library houses a selection of career development books particularly suited to researchers. These are the ones we recommend for those wanting inspiration to plan either a successful academic career or take a new direction.

The book titles link directly to the library catalogue record.