Help us find our recent PhD graduates

Issued: Fri, 18 Oct 2019 16:27:00 BST

If you know someone who has recently graduated (or soon to be) from their PhD here, we would love to hear from them, please pass on this survey: bit.ly/transitions GU

The transition from a PhD to the next step in a career can often be daunting and filled with unknowns. Insights from recent PhD Graduates who have been through that experience can help to make it a much smoother transition for those going through it. We are looking for feedback from the people who have gone through this transition but need your help to spread the word that this survey is now live (bit.ly/transitions GU). The results will advise and inspire our current researchers as they move forward in their careers.

We often invite PhD graduates back to events to give talks and share their experiences. This can help current researchers to:

  • consider the variety of options open to them and what might suit their own interests and aspirations.
  • think about how they can make the most of their PhD experience, such as which opportunities to take up or how to build their professional networks.
  • feel more confident about the skills they have to offer and their chances of success in the current labour market.

At our Spring 2019 PGR Townhall meeting (which was attended by over 60 researchers, supervisors and student services staff), one of the key recommendations was to gather more data on post-PhD destinations. The participants emphasised that this shouldn’t be solely quantitative data but that it was important to capture stories and individual insights.

In response to this feedback, we have launched a project on PhD Transitions. Our survey is now running, to capture views from PhD Graduates from UofG over the past three years. We plan to use the findings in a variety of ways, to support career planning for current and future researchers.

So, if you know of someone who graduated with a PhD from UofG in the last three years, or is soon to graduate, please pass on the survey and encourage them to take part.

Find out more about the Transitions Survey.

Katrina Gardner,

Careers Manager (Research Staff and Students)

Careers Service