Panellists required for RVC Careers Event

Looking to enhance your CV? Are you a recent PhD graduate completing a postdoc? Perhaps you are further into your career?

The Royal Veterinary College is looking for panellists to take part in a careers event it is running for its PhD students. The event aims to showcase some of the possible career options and will consist of two panel discussions; one of which will focus on roles within academia.

It could be a great development opportunity for your CV!

The event takes place on Tuesday 12th July at the Royal Veterinary College’s Camden campus, from 3pm.

We are looking for people who have themselves completed a PhD in the Biosciences field and are happy to talk about their careers. They could be just starting out on their career path, or have completed a couple of postdocs, or be further along their career path – all experience counts.

A bit more detail about what we hope panellists might cover over the course of the discussion:

*         A little about their background, why they embarked on their degree/ PhD in the         Biosciences

*         What motivated them to follow their current career path, a typical day in their workplace etc.

*         How they made themselves more ‘attractive’ to future employers

*         How they have utilized the skills they acquired in their degree/PhD in their subsequent careers

*         A description of a typical day in their place of work

If you are interested in taking part or would like further information, please contact Kirsty Whitelock, Careers Consultant at RVC, via

Leaving the Ivory Tower: Careers Networking Event – 18 June 2015

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King’s College London Innovation Forum (KCLIF) is proud to announce their second Leaving the Ivory Tower: Careers Networking Event which will be taking place on 18 June 2015 at Chapters, Strand Campus. Doors open at 5pm with the event starting at 5.30pm.

Leaving the Ivory Tower aims to shed light on potential opportunities for PhD/post-doctoral students interested in pursuing careers outside of academia. Designed in a format that encourages intimate and meaningful conversation, a series of expert speakers from a wide range of industries will host small focus groups of 10-12 students for 15 minutes at a time.

The round table sessions will be followed by a networking reception with refreshments to enable guests to continue discussions with industry leaders.

Please click here to register. We look forward to seeing you on the 18th June.

Kind regards,


King’s College London Innovation Forum (KCLIF) are an affiliated group of the international Innovation Forum network assisting postgraduate students (Masters, PhDs & Postdocs) in developing knowledge for careers outside academia. We are currently looking for new students who are interested in joining the executive team to carry on our successful work-to-date. Please do get in touch with us if you would like more information / are interested in joining. Thank you.

PT Vacancy for Post-doc Researcher (deadline this Wednesday!)

Post-Doc Researcher, Cultural Enquiry (Part-Time)

Recruiter: King’s Cultural Institute, King’s College London

The main focus of this placement is to work as part of a small team to support the smooth running of the Enquiry which will hear evidence in to the potential role of the cultural sector in relation to future major sporting and other events and produce a series of recommendations for policy makers, event organisers and practitioners. The role has two main responsibilities: leading the research activity for the Enquiry and providing high level administrative support.

This project will be funded by Legacy Trust UK.

Duties will include:

  • Preparing and Presenting evidence for the Enquiry
  • Researching relevant topics
  • Mapping existing relevant activity and organisations
  • Maintaining an updated record of all submissions, interviews and consultations
  • Collating information
  • Synthesising into key findings
  • Presenting findings in an accessible way
  • Drafting the final report
  • Administering the Enquiry process
  • preparing, circulating and storing Enquiry paperwork
  • drafting agendas and lines of questioning
  • researching and preparing evidence papers for the Enquiry
  • organising meetings and events
  • making notes during meetings and producing a formal accurate record for circulation
  • ensuring that all Enquiry papers are stored appropriately and that systems are in place for long term reference whilst upholding confidentiality.

This project will be funded by Legacy Trust UK

Approximately 3 months from September – November 2013.

Interviews to be held on Friday 16 August.

Where do people get career inspiration?

Sometimes in my conversations with researchers, we get to a point where it turns out that the researcher, expert in their own field, needs a hand with figuring out what other careers there actually are in the world.  Here are some ways that I think you can find inspiration:

1) Talk to family and friends

Friends of mine, at Christmas, spend five minutes or so asking their family members what they actually do in their daily working lives.  (It reminds me that I’ve never really known what my own family does, beyond my teacher parents!).  You can extend that conversation by asking who their colleagues are and what those people’s job roles are.  Ask what they like about it, what makes them feel good, what they would change.

2) Read job adverts

Adverts are a great source of information.  Not only do they tell you about the specific job on offer, but they give you job titles (that you can then search for in different organisations); they give you salaries and benefits (always handy to know); they give you organisation names (that you can then search for vacancies other than the one on offer).  People in the careers business call this ‘Labour Market Information’; you could call it inspiration.

3) Listen to other people’s stories

If you don’t think your own family and friends have provided enough inspiration, take a look at and specifically these videos, based on the stories of PhDs and post-docs.  You might not like the editorial style (it’s a bit jumpy for me) but I like to hear about what people’s jobs actually involve and how they got into them.  Again, these people don’t necessarily have the same backgrounds and experiences as you, but they show what it is possible to achieve and what factors influence decision-making.

4)  Be curious

It’s becoming a dreadful habit for me, but whenever I see something interesting (a poster, a beautiful fabric, an exhibition), I start to think through all the different roles involved in getting that ‘thing’ produced.  Designers; people that commission design; people that research markets or exhibitions or pricing or packaging; manufacturers that create things and their marketing teams that get the thing in front of the public; journalists and PR teams that make sure the public knows about the thing; transport planners and logistics managers that allow the public to get in front of the thing; software designers that ensure the public can tell their friends about the thing.  And on it goes.  Where in the chain of that process can you see yourself?  What do you find yourself being curious about?

5) Decide which bit of what you know about already you want to stick with

So, you’re a researcher, in a university.  If you wanted to (and if there were the right job available), you could stay in the university as a lecturer or other researcher.  Or, you could think about the university as an environment in which to work – ie what other sorts of jobs are available in them?  You’d be surprised how many PhDs and ECRs work in universities in administrative capacities.  Or look at those organisations intimately connected with the university, such as grant-giving bodies (or REF co-ordinators?).

Rather than focusing on the environment, you could focus on your knowledge.  Who else is interested in your knowledge?  Is there an associated charity, think tank, industry research organisation, museum or learned society that would like to use it?  Or is time to transmit that knowledge to others by teaching?

Rather than focusing on your knowledge, focus on your research skill.  Where else can you turn this skill to good use?  Think tanks, policy organisations, market research, industry research, government or journalism might all use research in one form or another.

Rather than any of these reasonably well-known (to you) factors, think totally out of the box.  Use to find out information about other jobs (use the ‘Related Jobs’ link to help you diversify from one job title you might have thought about); or use industry tags such as ‘policy’ at  Or, work for yourself – search this blog using the Entrepreneurship tag for help.

(With thanks to Tracy Bussoli for the logic behind this suggestion!)

I bet there are more ways to be inspired: what can you come up with?