Your Goldsmiths PhD will open up many career options for you.
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Here’s a taster of where some of our PhDs from the last few years have ended up.
- Higher education lecturer or researcher is the most common choice. Job titles include lecturer, associate lecturer, post doc researcher, research fellow
- Freelancing and self-employment are popular: Freelance writer/ journalist/ musician, self-employed filmmaker/ consultant/ artist
- Other roles include: IT consultant, business consultant, media researcher, psychologist in private practice, psychotherapist, teacher, children and family worker, chief science officer (tech sector)
Read our Career options for PhDs (PDF) information sheet for further ideas.
How to decide what to do
This involves some soul searching. Start by considering your reactions to the following statements:
- I want to progress into an academic career
- I want the expert/subject knowledge developed in my PhD be part of my job
- I want to be a researcher but not in an academic environment
- I want a portfolio career where I can combine creative practice with other work
- I’m happy to use the transferable skills gained from my PhD in an unrelated area
Get insight and inspiration
Try some of these:
- Read about other PhD researcher careers at vitae.ac.uk/researcher-career and beyondthephd.co.uk
- Find out the stats of where people end up in Arts and Humanities and Social Science (login required)
- Attend Industry Panels and events run by the Careers Team. Many of the sectors are relevant to PhDs. Past events have covered NGOs, museums, think tanks. See current events on CareerSPACE
- Understand your skills, values and needs. Jobs.ac.uk has a free career planning toolkit aimed at post docs
- Research the job market. prospects.ac.uk is a good place to get an overview of job roles and the requirements