Career path

A career in research can take many twists and turns. Whether you decide to stay in academia or move onto industry, Researcher Academy’s career resources will help you plan accordingly. Browse the different career sections for sound practical advice to tackle your future.

50 m
Career planning

Make a career in research

Career planning

Being an effective researcher requires method and order, and those strong organization skills can prove just as useful when it comes to mapping out your career.

In these career planning modules, we learn about the importance of investigating and considering all options before deciding on your next step. We discover why knowing and understanding yourself can be the key to making good choices. We explore whether a PhD is valued outside academia, and we hear why changing career, or even your field of study, can bring big benefits and opportunities for fresh and novel thinking.

What you will find
  • Guidance on strategic career planning
  • What industry employers think of PhDs
  • Help with choosing a field of study

2 modules

50 m
Career planning

Make a career in research

Planning your next career steps is important whatever your experience level. Our tips will get you started.
3 m
Career planning

The right choice of study

Discover why it’s never too late to change disciplines and the many advantages to be gained.

Job search

You’ve decided to explore career options in industry, but are there any special points to consider when job hunting? The answer is yes, and in these modules, we highlight what they are and how you can prepare for them.

You’ll find out how to take the experiences you’ve gained in the lab and translate them into practical skills any employer can relate to. You’ll also learn how to write a CV that will appeal to a company boss. Finally, we run you through a typical interview process and some of the questions you are likely to be asked.

What you will find
  • Tips on profiling your skills
  • Advice on writing a CV
  • Information about industry interviews

2 modules

4 m
Job search

Writing an effective CV

Find out which skills to showcase in your CV if you want to move from academia to industry.
3 m
Job search

Preparing for an industry interview

As an early career researcher, you have probably survived your fair share of interviews and have a good idea what an employer wants to hear.

Career guidance

Long description:  As a researcher, your career path will be littered with crossroads and side tracks. Faced with all those choices, how do you decide on the right route for you? In our career guidance resources, you will find some helpful words of wisdom from seasoned colleagues.

We examine the ingredients required to make the ideal supervisor who can support and advise you on your journey. We explore how you can maintain a healthy balance between work and family life. We discover why it’s so important to be bold and nurture fresh thinking. And, we run through some of the differences you will encounter if you move from academia to industry.

What you will find
  • Help with choosing a supervisor
  • Guidance on work–life balance
  • Insight into a career in industry

4 modules

5 m
Career guidance

A healthy work-life balance

A busy scientist and mother-of-three shares her secrets to success.
2 m
Career guidance

Choosing a career in academia or industry

To move or not to move – we run through some of the pros and cons.
1 m
Career guidance

Thinking outside the box

A senior scientist explains why you should never be afraid to break the mould.
2 m
Career guidance

How to select a supervisor

Your supervisor plays an important role in shaping the early years of your career so finding the right one is crucial.