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Research students

Students undertake a research degree for a variety of reasons. Whilst many will choose to pursue a career in teaching or research, studying to this level also opens up career options elsewhere. If you are hoping to pursue a career working in academia (typically in a Higher Education institution) upon completion of your PhD, it's important to think about whether you want to develop a focus on teaching, or whether research is your priority. If your aspirations lie elsewhere, it is important to reflect on what transferable experience you have, and how you can use the skills you have developed whilst undertaking your PhD in a different environment.

Careers & Employability support for research students at York St John is available in a number of different ways - see the link on the left for more detail about this. This includes individual and group-based support at York St John, but also access to a range of courses run by the University of Leeds and the University of York. One of our Careers & Employability Advisers, Robin Woollam, has responsibility for providing support to research students, and you are welcome to contact him directly to make an appointment.

We also recognise that many of the research students at York St John are studying on a part-time basis, or are not based in or near York, and as such are not able to attend workshops or sessions run on campus. Students are strongly encouraged to contact us to discuss how we can best support you if you are in this situation.

Jobs.ac.uk (the main website in the UK for jobs in Higher Education) has produced a guide - Career Planning for PhDs - which you might find useful.