Imperial College London

Careers Summer PhD Focus


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During May and June 2019, the Careers Service will be launching the Careers Summer PhD Focus: a series of careers events aimed at PhD students.

Figuring out what to do after your PhD can be difficult and daunting. But there are many options open to PhD holders: academia of course, but also consultancy, careers in finance, technology, and much, much more.  

And no matter what stage of your PhD you’re in, it is never too early or too late to develop the skills and explore the options that will help you launch a successful career. With that in mind, the careers service is launching the Careers Summer PhD Focus. Designed specifically for PhD students, these, fairs, sessions, and employer-led workshops will help you gain a better understanding of the career options available to you, and how the skills and knowledge gained during your PhD can apply to various industries. 

Here are just some of the workshops and events on offer:

Research Careers Forum - Thursday 23 May, 18.30 - 20.30

Whether you're interested in a career in academia, industrial research or exploring options beyond, then this panel discussion is for you! Through the insights and conversations with a variety of PhD graduates, we aim to help you understand the challenges and pathways to success; wherever your career may lead! students gathered discussing something around a desk

Organised by the Careers Service, this event will give you the chance to hear from academic staff and industry professionals talk about their own personal career development and the challenges, and rewards, of using their PhD and various skills in a number of different contexts.


Dr Luke Allsopp, Lecturer, Dept of Medicine, Imperial College London
Dr Matthew T Clough, Senior Analytical Chemist, Syngenta
Dr Antoine Cully, Lecturer, Dept of Computing, Imperial College London
Dr Lizan Kawa, Civil Service Fast Stream
Dr Nikola Nov?i?, Consultant, BCG

Book your place on Jobslive.

TTP: Careers Skills for PhD’s Going Into Technology Consulting - Tuesday 4 June, 14.30 - 16.30 

 In this workshop TTP will demystify the world of technology consulting, explaining how PhD skills and experience are valuable in life as a ‘tech tpp corporate logoconsultant’, and what to expect if transitioning to industry. A practical project session will be the focus of the last half of the workshop, and will illustrate some of the challenges TTP’s consultants have to face on a day to day basis.

Book your place on JobsLive. 

Newton: Demand Better - A Rough Guide to being a Newton Consultant - Tuesday 18 June, 14.30 - 16.30 

 Newton isn’t like other consultancies or employers. Our business model is purposefully disruptive. Our culture is vibrant, energetic and individual. We hire extraordinary people and give them levels of responsibility to match. We have been ranked in the Times Top 100 graduate employers for five Newton corporate logoconsecutive years and are the highest ranked firm of our size. We work in multiple sectors anything from healthcare and local government to private companies and defence. We work with client teams to deliver a sustainable 10-50% improvement in any operational or supply chain process in 2-6 months without capital expenditure – guaranteed.

We're coming to Imperial to give you an opportunity to further explore how we work with our clients. Our Process Improvement lecture will take you through an understanding of the tools for improvement that we use, and provide you with an opportunity to take part in an interactive case study.

 Book your place on JobsLive. 

Reddie & Grose: Careers in Patent and IP: Skills workshop for PhD students - Tuesday 28 May, 14.30 - 16.30

reddie and grose logoLearn about patent and IP careers in this interactive workshop designed for PhD students from any discipline. This workshop is delivered by Nick Reeve, Partner within our Electrical, Electronics and Software Group at Reddie & Grose. Reddie & Grose is a European intellectual property law firm with nearly 70 experts specialising in protecting patents, trademarks, designs and plant variety rights. 

 Book your place on JobsLive. 

PhD Careers Fair - Thursday 9 May 

The Imperial Careers Service's PhD Careers Fair will be held in the Marquee on the Queen's Lawn on Thursday 9 May. Running from 17:00 until 19:30 and specifically aimed at Imperial PhD students, the event gives you the chance to find out about opportunities available to PhDs in order to help you make an informed decision about the path you take once you graduate. Check the PhD Careers Fair news item for more information and booking!

More workshops and events will be added in the coming days, so check back regularly!


Ben Bartram

Ben Bartram
Careers Service


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