All Careers Advice

  • Video: How to Prepare for a Job Interview in Industry
    In the second of our video blog series, Dr Sheba Agarwal-Jans of Elsevier explains how early career researchers can best prepare for a job interview for a role in industry.
  • Contemplating a career beyond the completion of a PhD can be a daunting task; there are far more PhD students than there are academic roles to absorb them.
  • The UN set out 17 ambitious Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with a complement of 169 specific targets in 2015. Their aim was to eradicate poverty, address climate change and build peaceful, inclusive societies for all, by 2030. This is the largest call for action of its kind, covering 193 m...
  • On September 25th 2015, all 193 member countries of the United Nations (UN) agreed to adopt 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs). Each goal was assigned targets and key performance indicators, to be achieved by 2030. In this article we speak to Narue Shiki, Senior Advisor to the United Nations...
  • On September 25th 2015, the United Nations (UN) agreed that all its 193 member countries adopt 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs). The key agenda was to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all. In this article we explore how innovative researchers at SINTEF, Norway, ar...
  • On September 25th 2015, the United Nations (UN) agreed that all its 193 member countries adopt 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs). The key agenda was to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all. Each goal was assigned targets and key performance indicators, to be achiev...
  • In the final article in our series exploring gender bias, we take an international perspective and talk to Indian-born Nikita Hari, entrepreneur and PhD student in the field of electrical engineering. She compares and contrasts her experiences as a researcher in a traditionally male-dominated fie...
  • In a continuation of our recent article series on gender bias, I spoke with Michelle Ryan, currently Professor of Social and Organisational Psychology and Dean of Postgraduate Research at the University of Exeter. In 2005, Professor Ryan, published key research that detailed a new hurdle that wom...
  • Recent surveys suggest only 25% of senior business roles are held by women worldwide. Academia shows parallels to the business world, with senior academic positions, especially in STEM fields showing even less gender diversity than in commerce. So why is progress so slow? What positive steps can ...
  • The career path for a research graduate rarely runs smoothly. There are diversions which can lead to new destinations that a researcher never considered when beginning their studies. To get further insight into this journey and the transitions that can occur along the way, we continued our discus...
  • As researchers, we gather considerable technical expertise through the course of our roles and are accustomed to things not working first time. We acquire the ability to troubleshoot effectively, and read between the lines of limited information to progress with our research. In this article, we ...
  • Women and minorities are underrepresented in the research workplace. Often, when they do break through, they can find a culture that is quite regressive, a paradox that sits at the cutting edge of research. To find out more about these issues and the “sociology of work”, we spoke to Dr. Zuleyka Z...
  • Researchers can use their skills to do vastly more than to just add to academic knowledge; they can also have significant societal impact. To discuss how researchers can find career fulfilment through directly working in society and how the nature of employment for early career researchers is ch...
  • Relocating abroad for work can broaden your life experience and career prospects. It’s common for early career researchers to consider relocation, as it may offer increased possibilities for academic posts, beyond their home country. As part of our "Crossing Continent" series of articles, we’ve c...
  • As part of our “Crossing Continents” series of articles, we spoke to a uniquely mobile academic, Dr. Gulbakhyt Sultanova of the University of the Balearic Islands. Gulbakhyt’s original base is Narxoz University in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Prior to her recent move to Spain, she also studied and worked ...
  • There may be many reasons why you may consider moving countries for work as an early career researcher: the availability of academic positions in your field; life-style considerations; promotion prospects and better pay, to mention a few. So aside from the practical considerations of shipping bel...
  • Artificial Intelligence is one of the ‘hot topics’ in science; recently, Tesla’s Elon Musk announced he was beginning a new venture, Neuralink, to “merge the human brain with AI”. But apart from visions of cyborgs dancing the heads of science fiction writers, what are the implications of Artific...
  • Public sector research positions are available in a wide range of institutes that are sponsored or owned by the government. If you’re looking to transition to this sector from academia you may have questions that need answering. Where do you work? How does working in the public sector differ fro...
  • In a continuation of our recent article series on research outside academia, we talk to Dr. Chris Langmead about his diverse and successful career in drug discovery. Chris highlights the convergence between academia and industry over the past decades and the increased career opportunities he's en...
  • These days, an MBA is perceived as a vital qualification for advancing one’s career; what is the role of the modern MBA? What skills beyond this degree are key to success in the future workplace? To get answers to these questions, we spoke to Andy Bayley, the Programme Director for Loughborough ...