PhD students and research staff

Welcome to the section of the LSE Careers website devoted to PhD students and research staff.

PhD career development programme 2015

Read the latest career development programme brochure below. The brochure outlines the most relevant services and resources and advises you on how to approach your career while at LSE. You can also download the brochure [pdf].


You can book an appointment with the PhD careers adviser on LSE CareerHub.
Please note: All career discussions are held in confidence.


Log in to LSE CareerHub to search for job opportunities and book places on careers events. We also have lists of other academic and non-academic job sites suitable for PhD students.

Careers events

One hour seminars on careers issues relevant to PhD students run throughout the year. For information about the latest events log in to LSE CareerHub

Our PhD careers consultant also delivers seminars for the Teaching and Learning Centre (TLC) programmes for PhD students and post-doctoral staff.  For more information contact TLC on

You can also find all our PhD careers seminar slides on this website.

Access to LSE Careers after you graduate

You can continue to book appointments with the PhD careers adviser for two years from the date of your PhD graduation.

For further information on alumni access please visit the CareerHub access page.

Career progression beyond the PhD: wondering how make it happen?

Working for your PhD is, or can be, all consuming and making time to think ahead might not be your top priority. Knowing what you want to do, what’s realistic and how to make it happen can reduce anxiety about the future beyond the PhD and can help you finish and submit effectively. Avoid getting into a tangle at the end […]


CVs and covering letters for PhD students

Yes, you will have more than one CV! More than half of LSE PhD students work outside academia after their studies. For some, the transition is smooth, for others the journey is longer and involves some rejections from employers before securing the first post-PhD position. A well prepared CV or application form will increase your chances of success in any […]


Hacking the USA academic job market

LSE Careers hosted a popular talk by the team from ‘The Professor is In’ last week and the messages were hard hitting. For example 76% of academic staff in the US are on short term contracts; academic departments are shrinking; each vacant position attracts 200-900 applications; 60,000 PhDs are awarded in the US every year; there are not enough academic […]


Understanding the UK academic job market and how to apply

The first destination employment rates for LSE PhD graduates are consistently high at over 90%, and about 60% of LSE PhD graduates tell us that they have jobs working in teaching and or research in higher education six months after graduating. There are 150 universities in the UK and almost all will have departments to which you could apply to […]


Summer support and events for PhD students and research staff

Welcome to the PhD Careers summer programme! It’s time to refresh your career with… Appointments Individual, confidential career review one-to-one meetings are available, usually on Wednesdays and Fridays (but can be negotiated for another day if those aren’t convenient) with Catherine Reynolds, our Careers Consultant for PhD students. These last for 30 minutes and you can check availability and book […]


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Careers beyond the PhD - alumni panel event (for PhD students and research staff)

Starts: 1 Jun 2016 5:00 PM
Finishes: 1 Jun 2016 7:00 PM
Venue: PhD Academy, 4th Floor Lionel Robbins Building
Remaining places: 24
Hear from LSE PhD graduates now working outside academia to learn more about how you can use your research skills in a range of careers. The first half of the event will be dedicated to hearing from speakers, and in the second half you can network with graduates and other participants.

Applying for jobs outside academia (for PhD students and research staff)

Starts: 13 Jun 2016 12:30 PM
Finishes: 13 Jun 2016 1:30 PM
Venue: PhD Academy, 4th Floor Lionel Robbins Building
Remaining places: 28
This seminar for PhD students and research staff is an introduction to interviews and other selection processes outside academia and will help you learn how to prepare and what to expect.

Friday breakfast briefing: working outside academia after your PhD

Starts: 1 Jul 2016 8:30 AM
Finishes: 1 Jul 2016 10:00 AM
Venue: The Weston Café, 6th floor, Saw Swee Hock Student Centre (SAW)
Remaining places: 80
​LSE PhD alumni work in a wide range of sectors outside academia and find career success all over the world. With this in mind, LSE Careers is hosting a breakfast event to showcase some of the corporate opportunities available to you as a current PhD student/recent graduate.

Career check up for PhD students and research staff

Starts: 13 Jul 2016 12:00 PM
Finishes: 13 Jul 2016 2:00 PM
Venue: PhD Academy, 4th Floor Lionel Robbins Building
Remaining places: 34
​This interactive workshop, facilitated by an experienced Careers Consultant, will give you time to review your career progression to date, help you establish priorities for your future, and identify the best ways to present your experience and skills to potential employers.

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