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Key careers resources for researchers

Find out about key guides, web pages, blogs and books that can help you plan your career.

Careers Service publications

How to get a postdoc

Many doctoral researchers consider a postdoc to be the obvious next step after completing a PhD, but are you as informed as you need to be about what a postdoc involves and how to get one? This guide will help you think through whether a postdoc is right for you, give advice on finding out more and help you develop effective strategies for finding positions and marketing yourself in CVs and interviews.

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Career planning timeline for postgraduate research students

As a careers team we often find that doctoral students wait until the last few months of their thesis – or even after submission – to think about their careers. While a last-minute approach to career planning can be successful, and your main priority needs to be completing the doctorate on time, there can be huge benefits to giving some time during your research – and not just in your final year – to exploring possible career options, enhancing your employability and thinking about what type of career might suit you best. Whether you are planning to stay in academia or move outside, the process of deciding what you want to do is likely to require quite a bit of time and thought.

We’ve put together a career planning timeline to give you some idea of the types of things you could be doing to develop your career at each stage of your doctorate – right from first year.

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Guide for Doctoral Supervisors

A guide for doctoral supervisors summarising how you and the Careers Service can support your doctoral students in their career planning.

Access the guide for Doctoral Supervisors

Guide for managers of research staff

A guide for managers of summarising how you and the Careers Service can support your the career development of your research staff.

Access the guide for managers of research staff

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.
  • 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 focused on academic careers.
  • Branching Points - mainly for scientists. Has career profiles of PhD graduates and other resources.


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.

Other pages for researchers


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