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Next Steps after your PhD

Tuesday 1st May, 10am-12pm

An introductory session to the New Horizons Week to get you thinking about what you might like to do when you finish your PhD or postdoc. We will allow you to evaluate where you are in the process of choosing your next career step and help you start to progress.

Research careers in the scientific industries

Wednesday 2nd May, 12:30pm-2:30pm

This session aims to give an insight into the differences between the academic and industrial research environment, and the key skills and attributes needed to make a successful application to an industry employer.

Developing career resilience and enhancing your mental wellbeing

Thursday 3rd May, 10am-12pm

Led by a professional from the Student Support Services and a member of HSC who studies stress and resilience, this interactive session will explore how to maintain mental wellbeing and resilience during the rigours of PhD study and job hunting.

How to get hired with a HUM PhD

Friday 4th May, 12:30pm-2:30pm

A panel session featuring guest speakers who have finished their PhDs in a range of HUM disciplines and found a path through the competitive job market. You will hear about and have the chance to talk to people who have secured permanent academic contracts as well as jobs in other sectors.

Science Enterprise in East Anglia

Tuesday 8th May, 10:30am-12:30pm

Did you know that East Anglia is home to a wealth of scientific start-ups, as well as Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SME’s)? This session will provide insight into the variety of scientific enterprise opportunities in our region.

Working in public health and health research

Wednesday 9th May, 12:30pm-2:30pm

Thinking about using your research and project management skills within the field of public health? Interested in opportunities to carry out research in the wider health sector? Hear from postdocs and PhD Alumni working in health research and public health.

Careers in social science

Thursday 10th May, 12:30pm-2:30pm

A postgraduate qualification in social science opens the doors to roles in a wide range of employment sectors from Higher Education, to government organisations, as well as the charity and private sectors. The speakers in this session will give you an insight into working in their different fields.

Alternative careers in HE

Monday 14th May, 10:30am-12:30pm

If you are considering career options beyond academic research, but would like to stay in the Higher Education environment, this session will give you an insight into some of the essential academic-related support roles available to you.

Working with numbers

Tuesday 15th May, 12:30pm-2:30pm

Are you a researcher with a strong quantitative skill set? Or are you looking for a career path which combines your love of all things mathematical and your broader skill set? This session will touch upon some of the huge variety of career paths that involve ‘working with numbers’.

Working in policy

Thursday 17th May, 12:30pm-2:30pm

Many PhD graduates influence and shape public policy by combining their broader subject knowledge with communication, research and analysis skills, as well as project management experience. In this session you will learn more about the wide variety of policy roles within a range of sectors.

Working for a charity

Monday 21st May, 12:30pm-2:30pm

Are you considering applying your higher level postgraduate skills in an organisation that aligns more closely to charitable values? This session will explore some of the diverse roles available in the charity sector.

Career conversations: advice and opportunities

Tuesday 22nd May, 12:30pm-2:30pm

In this session gain careers advice and insight from a wide range of professionals. Including: finish your PhD successfully, gain experience in other employment sectors, become more enterprising, and how to effectively convey your transferable skills and experience to employers beyond academia.

Career planning for your personality

Friday 25th May, 10:30am-12:30pm

This interactive workshop will introduce some of the well-known personality-type inventories and provide an opportunity to explore how these tools help us understand ourselves and enhance our working relationships with others.