Careers Service for arts, humanities, and social sciences research staff
Register to access the Careers Service website (including this area for research staff), to arrange a discussion, and to receive careers email updates.
Who can use this service?
Anyone with a research contract in the School of Arts and Humanities or the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. This includes research associates, senior research associates, JRFs, postdocs and research assistants.
If you are a PhD student, you can see one of the other careers advisers, including to talk about academic careers.
If you do not fall into one of these groups (e.g. you are a visiting scholar), you can access the whole Careers Service website, including this area for research staff. You may be able to attend certain events, but priority is always given to those with a University research contract.
What resources are available?
- Other researchers' stories (from former Cambridge postdocs; collected late 2011)
- A rich collection of online resources: information about managing your career, help with job applications and interviews, downloadable resources, podcasts/handouts from previous events, and links to further information. The main Careers Service website also contains useful information, especially if you are considering a job outside academia.
- Events diary – some exclusively for research staff, some pulled from main diary that we think are relevant. Please email us if you would like an event run on a specific issue. See also the Podcasts and event handouts page to download resources from previous events, and to gain ideas for the kind of things we could run again.
- Dr Steve Joy is the careers adviser for research staff in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. He can meet you for a 1:1 careers discussion (1 hour; about any aspect of your career, in or outside academia), or give you a mock interview (90 minutes; filmed and then discussed afterwards).
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- Email updates: information about forthcoming events, new resources
- Arts, Humanities and Social Science research website maintained by the Research Office: for researchers at any stage of their career.
Do I have to know what I want to do?
No! We are here to help you whether you want to stay in academia, want to leave academia, or do not know what you want to do.
Other University support for researchers