The Pathways for postdocs project aims to help you understand and highlight your transferable skills, and show you how to evidence these outside the academic career path to make you competitive in your next career move. Online resources, skills development workshops and hearing from guest speakers will help you achieve this.

Pathways for postdocs workshops:

  • Non-academic CVs
  • Cover letters
  • Career goals
  • Skills analysis pop-up
  • Job searching – how to make a start (non-academic-focused)

Check the PFDC newsletter for upcoming dates or email PFDC-support.

Guest speaker events

The PFDC invites guest speakers who have made that transition from postdoc into another career, or who are recruiters looking to hire postdocs.

These sessions can give you an idea of what a specific role (e.g. in consultancy or a start-up) is like, what the possible route into this sector is, what this sector can offer you and what the recruiter might be looking for in an application and interview.

Check the PFDC newsletter for upcoming dates or email PFDC-support.

CV clinics

Our one-to-one CV evaluation sessions are an opportunity to have you CV reviewed, specifically if you’re looking for roles beyond academia (e.g. industry, charity sector). You’ll receive specific feedback on your CV from a member of the PFDC team. 

Check the PFDC newsletter for upcoming dates or email PFDC-support.

Online resources

The PFDC has a range of online resources including tip sheets, useful links and videos to support you in your development.

Check out our tip sheets on the following topics:

  • LinkedIn
  • Pathways outside academia
  • Pathways into professional roles in higher education
  • Pathways into the public and charitable sectors
  • Pathways into the bioscience industry
  • Skills-based CV
  • Chronological CV
  • Cover letters

We also have videos on the following topics:

  • Career goals
  • LinkedIn
  • Skills analysis