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 – you CAN work in academia!

Recently LSE alumna Caroline Varin (PhD, International Relations 2012) spoke to current PhD students about her transition to employment and gave useful advice for people interested in pursuing an academic career. Caroline is now a Lecturer in Security and International Organisations at Regent’s University London and Associate Fellow at the Global South Unit at LSE. For Caroline the effort to […]


Applying for jobs outside academia? How to write your CV/application form

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, but how do you market yourself in another sector? Employers […]


Working outside academia after your PhD

Is working outside academia for you and how do you make it happen? LSE PhD alumni work in a wide range of sectors outside academia and find career success all over the world. On Friday 30 October 2015 an audience of 35 current PhDs listened to a panel of PhD graduates (biographies below) who are now working in government, finance […]


PhD students: Need to work whilst you study?

Blog by PhD Careers Consultant, Catherine Reynolds: Should you or shouldn’t you work whilst you study? I hear a number of reasons why LSE PhD students can and can’t work while they are studying. What’s right for you? The issues time – you don’t have enough money – you might need more capacity – how much head space is available? […]


Working for international organisations

LSE Careers consultant, and former staff member of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Asian Development Bank, Robin Broadway, shares some insights into getting into an international organisation along with details about one of our biggest events of the year, International Organisations Day (IOD), for which booking opens on Friday 6 November: Ever since the UN and the other international organisations were […]


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Career planning for PhD students and research staff

Starts: 8 Feb 2016 4:00 PM
Finishes: 8 Feb 2016 5:00 PM
Venue: LRB R4.02
Remaining places: 24
This interactive seminar is aimed at PhD students and research staff who are thinking about different career options and/or are unsure about which career path to take. It is a chance to reflect on what is important to you, so you can use this knowledge to inform your career decisions.

Interview skills for jobs outside academia (PhDs and research staff)

Starts: 15 Feb 2016 12:00 PM
Finishes: 15 Feb 2016 2:00 PM
Venue: LRB R4.02
Remaining places: 30
This seminar is an introduction to interviews for non-academic jobs and will help you learn how to prepare and what to expect. Hear two recent success stories of PhD students making the transition outside academia.
For PhD students and research staff only.

Academic interview skills (for PhDs students and research staff)

Starts: 4 Mar 2016 12:00 PM
Finishes: 4 Mar 2016 2:00 PM
Venue: LRB R4.02
Remaining places: 38
This seminar is a general introduction to interviews for academic jobs for PhD students and research staff, covering how to prepare and what to expect.

Using your time effectively as a PhD student

Starts: 9 Mar 2016 3:00 PM
Finishes: 9 Mar 2016 5:00 PM
Venue: LRB R4.02
Remaining places: 40
PhD students are constantly making decisions about how best to use their time. This seminar will help you to understand the range of skills and experience you can gain while doing your PhD, and help prepare you for your career after LSE. The seminar includes talks from PhD graduates.

Finding and applying for research fellowships (for PhD students and research staff)

Starts: 14 Mar 2016 1:00 PM
Finishes: 14 Mar 2016 2:00 PM
Venue: LRB R4.02
Remaining places: 36
Develop your understanding of research fellowships in academia at this seminar, where you will learn the process involved in finding and applying successfully. For PhD students and research staff only.

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