So you are doing a PhD? Why? In career management terms we find that PhD researchers can be categorosed in one of four ways, in terms of their reasons for doing a PhD. These are: 1. doing it as a natural progression from their previous studies, with a view to starting a professional career; 2. as an enhancement to an existing career, e.g. a further qualification pursued with the intention of gaining career enhancement; 3. as part of a career change journey; 4. passion for the topic.
Traditionally a PhD was seen as a qualification required to develop an academic career, and indeed people who fall into any of the above four categories may well aspire to, or be developing, an academic career. The academic sector is highly competitive and constantly changing.
With this in mind, we are putting on an Academic Evening Careers Event on May 14th here at the University. At this event we will hear from three academics who have achieved success in the contemporary academic environment. Experience from previous Evening Career Events indicates that our speakers frank observations provide insights that are nt replicable on a website or brochure.