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Doctoral College

Careers and Employment


The Careers and Employability Service provide guidance and support to all students, helping them to stand out from the crowd and make successful transitions into their chosen careers and workplaces.

Our all-year round offer includes:

  • Skills sessions and Workshops
  • Employer/Alumni connections and opportunities to develop work experience through internships and volunteering
  • Individual advice and guidance through Drop-in and career guidance appointments with a professional practitioner 

Bespoke Career Development for Researchers

Dedicated Career Practitioners work closely with the Doctoral College to run a bespoke programme of talks, training sessions and individual coaching specifically focused on a research career, both inside and outside of Academia.

Sessions include:

  • Managing your Career
  • Introduction to Personality
  • CV, Applications and Interviews
  • Successful Interviews
  • Networking for Researchers
  • Exploring Enterprise & Business Planning

Group sessions can be booked via GradBook and individual appointments by telephoning or visiting the Careers Service (02380 593501, Building 37, Highfield Campus)



UniWorkforce administer casual work assignments in the University, conduct right to work checks and help source suitably-qualified casual workers for a wide range of casual work assignments.

Casual work assignments are flexible, ad hoc and short-term appointments.

Casual work assignments cover a huge range of opportunities, including being a Student Ambassador; helping with Open Days, Campus Tours and Graduation; gaining teaching experience through Postgraduate Demonstrating and Fieldwork assignments; undertaking Research Assistance; providing temporary cover in our Administrative support functions, Sports facilities, Catering outlets, Cleaning services, on-site Nursery, and other similar customer-facing roles; participating in our Excel Internship Programme; working as a Guest Lecturer or Exam Invigilator, and many more.

Please refer to the UniWorkForce webpages for further support and information.


As a doctoral researcher you may be involved in teaching activities either by request from your academic unit or Faculty, or because you are choosing to develop your skills and experience.

To ensure you are properly prepared you need to attend designated introductory training. For most disciplines this will be via Orientation to teaching and demonstrating. For further information please refer to the Doctoral College Professional Development webpages.

Research Students Who Teach

The University of Southampton values the significant contribution that research students can make to the education of undergraduate and postgraduate taught students through the support of research-informed teaching. A University Policy has now been put in place for research students who undertake teaching activities.



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