Doctoral graduates go into a wide range of career paths, and statistically the majority of doctoral graduates won’t go on to pursue a long term academic career, which is why developing skills outside of research is highly valuable.
If you’re aiming to pursue a career in academia, start building experience and awareness of what careers in academia involve throughout your doctorate. The Careers Service’s Get Started Guide for Researchers has information on careers in academia, and you should also talk to your supervisor and other academics in your Department about what they do and how to be build an academic profile.
There’s an increased emphasis on collaboration between academia and other sectors, so some of the activities listed above, such as Knowledge Exchange, research commercialisation, building wider networks and communicating research to wider audiences – will be useful whether you work in academia or elsewhere.
Your researcher skills will be valued across a range of sectors; there are lots of other areas – such as industrial science and engineering, working for the research councils, academic publishing, data science, policy and patent work -where a PhD will be essential or highly desirable. Take the opportunity to research the options available to you, find out what Bath doctoral graduates have gone to do, read careers stories of other researchers, and connect with Bath alumni through Bath Connection. Employers recognise that doctoral graduates are particularly strong on problem-solving, research and analytical skills, but may view you as weaker on team-working and commercial awareness, so look for ways to build these through your doctorate.