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Career Choices for Researchers

Although destination data for research staff as they transition from fixed term contracts is patchy, it’s well known that many transition into new careers. The IAD has worked in partnership with the Careers Service for many years to run workshops to support research staff as they explore alternatives. With our new Careers Consultant in post, we’re now providing these workshops and (along with the rest of our provision) they now happen online. the workshops are supported by the Career Management section of our Research Staff website.

This post supports two workshops on Changing Careers.

The first focuses on self reflection to help researchers understand their own skills, preferences and values as they start to explore options.

The second looks at these options and careers which link to research skills and experience, before looking more broadly at options which may resonate with values and motivations.

Both sessions are supported by the Changing Careers workbook. If you are taking workshop one, you’ll be guided through the workbook during the session.

If you are only participating or watching in workshop two, you’ll benefit more if you complete the workbook in advance.

Changing Careers Handbook – Where do I Start?

The slides and recording of both sessions are now available. Note that the recording of the session doesn’t include subtitles yet – these have been requested and will be available soon.

Changing Careers – Session 1 – Where Do I Start Recording. Note that this has been edited now, so it’s shorter and easier to watch. Many thanks to Vicente Noviello for his expertise!

Changing Careers – Session 1 – Where Do I Start? Slides

Although the workbook includes most of the links referred to in the session, I noticed one I missed: the Research Skills Audit written to help you get thinking about the full range of skills you may possess. It lists broad categories of transferable skills that particularly apply to academic research staff. The guide may be used as a reference when:

  • identifying your skill gaps in your current job role
  • preparing for review or progress meetings
  • updating your CV.
  • preparing for interviews.

Session Two: Exploring Options

Changing Careers – Session 2 – Exploring Options – Session Recording

Changing Careers Handbook – Workshop 2 Exploring Options

Changing Careers -Session 2 – Exploring Career Options – Slides




This training was developed to support our research staff including our Train@Ed cohort of fellows. Train@Ed has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska‐Curie grant agreement No. 801215

(Image by Arek Socha from Pixabay)

(Image by Arek Socha from Pixabay)

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