Employability and careers
We have a dedicated Doctoral College careers and employability team that are experienced in delivering career support to postgraduate researchers and early career researchers.
Our team will assist you in developing your career plan and help you identify and strengthen your employability skills, to aid you into a successful career whether that be at, or away from, the University of Surrey. The team’s strong external partnerships and relationships across the University provide our PGRs and ECRs with excellent opportunities to collaborate, gain skills and get practical experience.
A bespoke framework
Deciding what to move on to as a next role is a complex, often confusing, matter involving a myriad of different factors both within and outside of your control. Our team have created the "career smart" framework as a tool to help you navigate the major themes involved in driving your career forward:
- Understand: yourself - your strengths, skills, needs and desires
- Explore: the options available to you - taking time to skill up and experiment alongside your research
- Develop: your network, career management skills and resilience - preparing for transition
- Act: make decisions and action plans; create effective application packs and prepare for interviews
See the researcher information on the Employability and Careers Centre (ECC) website for more information.
A range of support on a variety of topics
Types of support
Different people prefer to recieve support in a variety of different manners. To accommodate this, our team offer one-to-one appointments and quick query sessions, interactive workshops, employer networking events, alumni talks online resources and e-learning modules.
The support information page on the Employability and Careers Centre (ECC) website has further information on the types of support and how to access them.
Training events, resources and opportunities
Different people are at different stages and want help, training or experience in a variety of different areas/topics.
- The training and activities information lists the upcoming workshops and events our team believe will be of particular interest to PGRs and ECRs - created and delivered either by ourselves or by other teams around campus.
- The events page has details of the busy schedule of employer-led events open to all. Events usually start at 6pm, and run during semester time only.
- The researcher resources page lists collections of specialised leaflets and useful web resources to help you help yourself in different areas.
- The opportunities page highlights calls/fellowships/internships/job vacancies that may be of particular interest to PGRs and ECRs.
- The online vacancies list has a range of job opportunities employers are seeking candidates for. These are not specific for researchers, but some vacancies may be of interest to PGRs and ECRs.