It is important to note that completion of a research programme alone is not a guarantee of employment. The current economic climate has placed pressures upon both private and public sector jobs both in the UK and overseas. The employment that you secure will depend not only on your academic qualifications but on you as an individual. You will need to demonstrate to any potential employer that you have the personal qualities suitable to their organisation and opportunity. To ensure you market yourself effectively you will need to recognise, understand and evidence your own personal skills. You will also need to be competent in identifying what an employer is looking in potential recruits and be able to match your skills to the job during the application process.
It is never too early to consider the sort of job you want. Job seeking and skills development can be defined in sequential stages. Career Destinations can assist you in your journey through these stages and in developing your career management strategy.
- identify your skills, both specialist and generalist.
- explore your career opportunities.
- learn where to locate suitable job opportunities.
- market yourself effectively to convince an employer you're the right candidate.
These pages are designed to help structure your approach towards your career management however "your future is in your hands".
The Researcher Development Statement (RDS2010) & The Researcher Development Framework (RDF2010) - Explains the expectations placed on all postgraduate researchers by the UK Research Councils via the RDS & RDF which is an evolution of the Joint Skills Statement (JSS2001). These documents demonstrate that commitment to Continued Professional Development (CPD) and your career management are strongly encouraged.