Careers beyond research: applying your skills outside academia

Online course

Audience: Academic staff, External, PG research, Professional staff, Research staff, Research supervisors

Date: Wednesday 7 June 2023

Times: 09.30 to 12.30

Programme: Passport to Research Futures
Programme: TRAMS Participant Development
Programme: GRADskills

Key details: Zoom meeting. You will be emailed a link in advance for you to join on the day.

Target audience

All Staff / Teaching, Research and Academic Mentoring Scheme participants / Passport to Research Futures Programme participants

Course mapped to

RDF Domains B1 - B3 (Personal effectiveness), D1 (Engagement, influence, impact)

Course information

There are a number of options outside of academia that are open to those who hold a PhD.

Not everyone chooses to climb the academic ladder and many researchers are unaware of the variety of other options that are available.

During their career, researchers develop a number of skills that they can utilise in a variety of other positions, whether these are related to their research or not.

A key component to finding a job outside academia is presenting yourself well at interviews, highlighting your skills and explaining your academic experience in a way that appeals to certain employers.

This workshop aims to highlight a number of these careers and to explore what particular options might be compatible with individuals.

We will include overviews of a variety of different job types, case studies of researchers who have moved into different careers and provide resources to help participants explore their options.

In addition, participants will be invited to complete an individual ElementsTM skills analysis to help them with future job applications and interviews. This has proven very popular with researchers and it is designed to help them reflect on their own skills and experience so that they can communicate these effectively in written applications and interviews.


Associated Programmes / Support streams 

Passport to Research Futures - Core subunit

Also open to external Teaching, Research & Academic Mentoring Scheme participants

Aims and objectives

At the end of this workshop researchers will have:

  • a clear understanding of their transferable skills and how to communicate these on their CV and in an interview situation
  • an understanding of how to present themselves and be visible online
  • an overview of a range of non-academic career options.


Dr Joanna Young

Course provider