It’s never too early to start thinking about your career
On 25th April the CDT arranged for Elizabeth Wilkinson, University Postgraduate Careers Consultant, to speak to the year 1 cohort on the topic of thinking about future careers.
She presented the students with advice, hints, tips, suggestions and statistics to get them thinking about what the job market will look like in the future when they graduate, how to spot opportunities and think about what employers will be looking for.
Elizabeth Wilkinson, session facilitator:
"There are so many opportunities available from day 1 of your PhD to help your career - to meet people and learn from them, to try things and learn from the experience, and to explore the problems you'd like to fix in the world. Taking just a couple of hours at the start of your PhD to imagine the world you'll be graduating into and to spot opportunities as they fly by could pay off in a big way in 3 or 4 years' time."
Clara Skuse, year 1 student:
"The careers day outlined the activities I could get involved in right now to help me get a job at the end of the PhD - and it turns out there are loads I can do! It was a very constructive day which left me feeling both motivated and hopeful. I loved the 3 key phrases that outlined the secret to career success: be connected, be curious and be courageous."
The university careers service is available to support all students in the preparation for their future careers. They have a wealth of knowledge and experience and are easily contactable to answer any queries no matter how small. You can find all of their contact details on the last slide of the presentation.