Whether you are ambitious with clear career goals or someone who prefers to see what life brings, thinking about your career and what you want from it is something worth making time for throughout your time at the University.

While you undertake your research you should also think about planning your development, which will include researching and improve your career opportunities and making the best of your abilities to present yourself and raise your profile as a researcher.

They include issues such as:

  • Understanding yourself (your capabilities, expertise and personal values)
  • Assessing your values, capabilities and expertise (understanding the basic principles by which you live your life and make decisions is important and will help in career management).
  • Useful tools to assess your capabilities and expertise  (employers are likely to ask you to talk about yourself, your strengths and areas for development.
  • Work experience during your research (you might think that you already have enough to do with your research project, but work experience outside your employment sector or discipline could benefit you.
  • Exploring career opportunities for researchers (even if your goal is a career in academia, the sector is highly competitive and so it is important to explore additional career opportunities to be prepared for all eventualities).
  • Careers for researchers in higher education (careers for researchers in the HE sector are wide-ranging and can include research focused roles, teaching and lecturing, funding and knowledge transfer. What might suit you?).
  • Careers for researchers outside higher education (the Vitae publications series What do researchers do? provides useful data and analysis on the types of positions researchers work in).
  • Improving your employment opportunities  (how to put yourself in the position to create and grasp opportunities).
  • Creating effective CVs An effective CV presents you as an ideal job candidate and secures you an interview.
After your Doctorate

Consider your next move as early as possible. How you spend your time during your doctorate will have an impact on your future career. 

Find out more:
Visit the Vitae website

Career options for researchers

Are you unsure what to do next? Do you see yourself as purely a specialist, and are overlooking potentially interesting career opportunities?

Find out more:
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Research versus non-research careers

Doctoral research training is challenging and thorough. It is an ideal precursor for a career in academia or for research in sectors including:

  • higher and further education
  • public and private research institutes
  • commercial research companies
  • health services
  • central and local government departments
  • trade associations and think-tanks.

Find out more:
Visit the Vitae website

Working overseas

The opportunity to work overseas can benefit your career, particularly your academic career.  Experience of living and working abroad can help foster long-term collaborations (and friendships). In some academic fields, working abroad is seen as an important factor for career progression.

Find out more:
Visit the Vitae website

UWTSD Careers Service support

The UWTSD Careers Service is available to all students and graduates of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. From the day you arrive, and throughout your studies and beyond, our professionally qualified Careers Advisers are here all year round to support you in making informed decisions about your next steps and in maximising your potential and employability.