Your future career

Are you aiming to become a university academic or would you prefer to carry out research in a non-academic setting? Alternatively, you may want a position that does not draw directly on your specific research expertise and a career outside of academia.

In considering this, you need to think about the sorts of things you value, and what you need and want from your working life. To assist you in this process, the University has a wide range of courses and careers guidance available to you throughout your doctoral studies.

In addition to sessions provided through the RRDP, doctoral researchers can also access careers and professional development sessions offered by the University's Careers Centre. The Careers Centre also gives students access the Professional Skills Hub. This is an interactive careers programme that allows you to explore careers, build employability skills, find job opportunities and become a premier-level job applicant. It is updated daily with news jobs, internships and placements, and weekly with new advice, videos and eLearning.


The Reading Researcher Development Programme

Through the RRDP the Graduate School offers a number of careers-focused training sessions:

  • Getting your first academic job
  • How to get published
  • Entrepreneurship & knowledge exchange
  • Exploring skills in influence & leadership  
  • CV workshop
  • Interview skills


Online skills training

Available to all doctoral researchers throughout their studies are the following online courses. These are accessible via Blackboard using your university log in and password.

  • Getting published in the arts
  • Getting published in the sciences
  • Career planning in the arts, humanities and social sciences
  • Career planning in the sciences
  • Academic entrepreneurship: An introduction
  • Entrepreneurial opportunities: Recognition and evaluation
  • Entrepreneurial resources: People, teams and finance

Henley Business School & Graduate School leadership programme

Whether you're planning a career in or outside of academia, this programme will help you develop your leadership potential. Our leadership programme 'Making a difference as a leader - developing your leadership potential' is open to all current 2nd and 3rd full time PhD students and all 3rd, 4th and 5th year part-time students.  For further information visit the Leadership programme webpage 

A career in academia?

If you're thinking about a career in academia, the Graduate School guide to becoming a university academic outlines some of the key issues to consider.


The University's Careers Centre offers advice and support to all Reading students, including doctoral researchers.

  • Postgraduates can book an appointment with a careers consultant to discuss their particular career options. MyJobsOnline is a one stop shop for careers appointments, events and job vacancies. Simply use your university credentials to log in and make an appointment.
  • The Careers Events programme contains many careers-related events which are relevant to postgraduates.

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