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Doctoral College

Careers and Employment


The Careers and Employability Service offers a full range of services, events and activities to support University of Southampton students and graduates (up to five years after graduating) with their personal and professional development and also make successful transition into their future career and/or post study options.

The Careers and Employability Service’s year-round offer includes:

  • career planning and employability skills development workshops
  • CV and application form writing support
  • finding volunteering, work experience, job and further study opportunities
  • enterprise opportunities and support
  • recruitment fairs, employer presentations, and industry insight talks
  • individual advice and guidance support through drop-in and career guidance appointments with a professional practitioner

Support can be accessed by:

  • visiting the Careers and Employability Service’s Careers Centre: Building 37, Highfield Campus
  • visiting the Careers and Employability Service’s website
  • via the Careers and Employability Service’s telephone number (02380 593501) or email address (

Career Development for Researchers

Dedicated Career Practitioners work closely with the Doctoral College to offer webinars, a programme of talks and training sessions which can support you with your career readiness and preparing for a research career, both inside and outside of academia.

Sessions include:

  • Find my why
  • Stand out
  • Exploring the graduate job market
  • Making effective career decisions
  • Considering postgraduate study
  • From concept to customer
  • Career planning – getting started
  • Video and phone interviews
  • Finding and securing work experience
  • Cracking online assessments

Sessions can be booked here or via Gradbook.


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 School, Department 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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