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The University of Southampton
Working as a Researcher

Career support

All professional researchers will need to keep their skills set up to date and ‘in good standing’. The University offers a range of resources and workshops that can help you achieve this

You also have access to the Careers Service resources, including the ‘Drop-in’ service, and there is a Research Staff login/registration that provides access to all services via the MyCareer Careers’ Database.

Who can I speak to?

Rob Wood is the specialist Career Practitioner and Professional Coach who supports researchers, including PGRs and ECRs. You can book a one-to-one session with Rob (or another colleague) via the Mycareer service.

What courses are available?

We currently offer the following career workshops to research staff:

Managing your career
This full day interactive workshop is designed to introduce you to the tools and knowledge needed to have the confidence to start exploring, planning and pursuing a career outside of academia.

Exploring enterprise and self-employment
This introduction to enterprise and business planning is suitable for those considering using their research in consultancy, working freelance or starting a business.

Creative connections: networking for researchers
This interactive workshop will give you the confidence and skills to successfully handle Networking situations and see the value of developing a professional network.

If you have suggestions for future courses or any comments, please email Julie Reeves, Researcher Development Coordinator,

Training resources

LinkedIn Learning

Your University account also gives you access to a wide range of videos through the LinkedIn Learning online library.

Scott Bradbury

You can access a library of short videos from Scott Bradbury, covering both line management and broader working relationship.

Rob listened to my concerns about my contract ending and ideas for future work and helpfully advised and recommended a course. At first the course was full, but Rob extended the number of places so that I could book onto it.

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