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.

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 […]


Thinking about doing a PhD?

Thinking about doing a PhD? Is it right for you? How do you know? A PhD can certainly be a rewarding experience but it can also be tough and will take four years, so it’s worth thinking it through before making the decision to apply. Here Catherine Reynolds, the PhD Careers Consultant at LSE Careers, shares a few insights: What’s your passion? Refining and focusing on a single […]


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