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Careers for research students

You will develop valuable skills throughout your postgraduate research journey at Leeds Beckett, and these will be applicable to careers in both academia and industry.

While a career in academia offers you the freedom to carry out independent research, it is also a competitive and uncertain job market, with mainly short-term or part-time contracts.

Whichever route you decide to take, The Graduate School is here to support and advise you.

We recommend that you:

Attend one of our workshops

Our Research Training Programme offers a variety of career-related workshops:

  • Academic CVs and applications
  • Academic careers
  • Academic interviews
  • Careers outside academia

Speak to our team of careers advisors

Our Student & Graduate Futures team provides advice and support to help you achieve your career ambitions, and access to top recruiters through careers fairs and events on campus. The team can also help you access funding and guidance if you want to start your own business.

Do your research

A little research can go a long way. Some excellent online resources will give you an insight into the pros and cons of the different careers available to postgraduate research students.

Vitae offers extensive career advice specific to researchers. It gives insight into the career opportunities available in both academia and industry and shares examples of career paths other research graduates have taken. There is also advice on writing your CV and career management.

All Leeds Beckett students and staff can access Vitae’s resources by signing up here.