Course provided by Future Learn

Study type: Online

Starts: Anytime

Price: Free


Explore different career options and understand what you want from a career

Being an early career academic researcher, whether you’re a doctoral student or research staff, can be challenging: should you pursue further academic research? What skills will help you progress in an academic career? What other career options are open to you?

On this course you will answer these questions and more, considering how to manage you career and reflecting on what you want out of a career. You will be encouraged to consider different career options, both within and outside academic research, and build your confidence in marketing yourself in applications and interviews.

What topics will you cover?

  • Factors that are important when considering future career development including key drivers, strengths, interests, personality, and values and how these impact on career choice

  • Experience, skills and qualifications that aid progression in an academic career and how to build relevant experience

  • Common career areas researchers enter outside academic research and how to generate and research individual career ideas

  • CVs for different roles and how to present experience effectively when applying for academic and non-academic jobs

  • What to expect at academic and non-academic interviews, and how to prepare effectively for these

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

  • Available now

Who is the course for?

This course is for academic researchers – both postgraduate researchers (PhDs) and early career researchers (post-docs).

Who developed the course?

The University of Glasgow

Founded in 1451, the University of Glasgow is the fourth oldest university in the English-speaking world. It is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of leading UK research universities.

  • Established1451
  • LocationGlasgow, Scotland, UK
  • World rankingTop 70Source: QS World University Rankings 2020

The University of Edinburgh

Founded in 1583, the University of Edinburgh is one of the world’s top universities and is globally recognised for research, innovation and high-quality teaching.

The University of Sheffield

The University of Sheffield is one of the world’s top 100 universities with a reputation for teaching and research excellence.