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.

PhD students – want to work in quant and consultancy outside academia?

LSE PhD alumni work in a wide range of sectors outside academia and find career success all over the world. With this in mind, we’re hosting a breakfast event on Friday 1 July to showcase some of the corporate opportunities available to you as a current PhD student/recent graduate. We’ve invited recruiters and LSE PhD alumni who offer PhD entry-level […]


How to move into jobs outside academia

Building on a series of events about moving into work outside academia, this week an LSE Careers seminar for PhD students looked at translating your academic experience into language suitable for selection outside academia. We talked specifically about addressing recruiters concerns about your fit, motivation, skills and knowledge. Using job descriptions and careers information from professional bodies and personal contacts […]


After the PhD – lessons from your peers

To support your ongoing career progression, we invited three LSE PhD alumni to speak last week about their experiences of finishing up and moving on to work beyond traditional academic roles. The three perspectives were very different – have a look at their advice below, as well as how LSE Careers can support you. Speakers Amelia Sharman, Principal Climate Mitigation […]


Career progression beyond the PhD: wondering how to 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 […]


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Friday breakfast: working in quant and consultancy 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: 49
​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 in quant and consultancy to current PhD students/recent graduates.

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: 29
​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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