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Join us for a series of events for PhDs and Postdocs to support you to explore what you want from your next career step.

These events, taking place throughout May & June are focused on helping you navigate career options outside of academia. The Careers Service will be hosting workshops, employer sessions and networking events with former researchers along with a session for PIs, Supervisors and Senior Academics who would like to learn more about supporting researcher career development and the role of the Careers Service.

What's On


22 June, 13.00-14.30: Conversations with researchers: academic-related roles in HE   (Virtual)

In this online event for researchers, we are inviting former researchers in some of these roles to talk about their pathway and what they do and find interesting in their area of work. Often called ‘Academic-related’ , these roles can tap into skills you’ve enjoyed using in your research from analysis to grant-writing and the research funding process to communicating research to non-academic audiences and more. You will have the opportunity to ask questions of our speakers in small groups in this informal setting.


3 July, 1.30-2.30pm: Supporting Researcher Career Development for PIs, Supervisors and Senior Academics   (Virtual)

Principal Investigators, supervisors and senior academics:  Do your researchers, both PhDs and postdocs, have questions about developing their career?

This half hour online session is for you to find out about the resources Careers Service offers for you and your researchers (both PhDs and postdocs) to support them in their career development inclusive of all aspirations, stages of career thinking and interests.

There will be time for Q&A and we will share a resource with you to refer to in career conversations with your researchers. Register in advance on Zoom using the link above.


7th July, 12.00-7.00pm  McKinsey PhD Insight Programme   (In person, London)

For students who are working towards advanced professional degrees, join McKinsey to see what it’s like to work in management consulting at a 1 day workshop this July. Immersive exercises and learning will give you an insider’s look into an exciting and rewarding career at McKinsey.

This event is external and not arranged by Cambridge University Careers Service. Students must be in their penultimate or final year of their degree to be eligible to apply for this programme. Deadline to express an interest is 28 June.



Resources to Support Researcher Career Development

Career Essentials for PhDs and postdocs

A package of resources and workshops designed to meet the core career needs of early career researchers from those looking to progress an academic career to those exploring their options beyond academic research

Careers Beyond Research

Learn more about typical career paths for PhDs & postdocs outside of research, to help you start exploring the possibilities

Explore the varied career paths of former PhDs and postdocs


A tool developed in the US specifically for humanities and social science PhDs that provides excellent information on a wide diversity of job families that value a PhD


Read researcher career stories and explore recent destinations of doctorate holders