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  • 1. Job MarketsPhysics PhD Careers Evening5 May 2011
    Dr. Asaf FedermanCareers Consultant
  • 2. “I’ve been in education all my life. I can’t do anything else.”
    “I’m trained to do scientific research. What else can I do?”
    “Employers think I’m overqualified, yet I’m under-qualified to do anything in the real world.”
    “There aren’t any academic jobs for physicists”
  • 3. THE
    WORLD
    OF WORK
    (Other stuff
    that normal
    people do)
    A Venn Diagram
    PhD students
    299,792,458 m
    Academics
  • 4. What do employers say?
    78% of employers appreciate recruits with a PhD
    6% are actively targeting PhD graduates
    25% recruit them but their engagement is less developed
    47% have some interest in doctoral but do not actively targeting them.
    22% of respondents have no real interest in PhD graduates.
    Although most employers (78%) appreciate recruits with a PhD, a majority (69%) does not actively seek them.
    Recruiting researchers: survey of employer practice Vitae 2009
  • 5. The survey asked employers to rate researchers’ skills:
    1. data analysis
    2. problem solving
    3. drive and motivation
    4. project management
    5. interpersonal skills
    6. leadership
    7. commercial awareness
    Recruiting researchers: survey of employer practice Vitae 2009
  • 6. What do PhD graduates do?
    Warwick 2005-2008 DLHE:
  • 7. Vitae, What do researchers do? First destinations of doctoral graduates by subject (2009)
  • 8. Vitae, What do researchers do? Doctoral graduate destinations and impact three years on (2010)
  • 9. Vitae, What do researchers do? Doctoral graduate destinations and impact three years on (2010)
  • 10. Median salary 3.5 years after is £32,000
    Vitae, What do researchers do? Doctoral graduate destinations and impact three years on (2010)
  • 11. THE
    WORLD
    OF WORK
    (Other stuff
    that normal
    people do)
    A Venn Diagram
    PhD students
    299,792,458 m
    HE research
    Academics
    lecturers
  • 12. Further information
    These slides are here: www.slideshare.net/AsaFederman
    Warwick researchers Career pages:www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/careers/researchers
    Manchester Academic Careers:www.academiccareer.manchester.ac.uk
    Vitae: www.vitae.ac.uk
    Making applications. see link to AGCAS here: www.researchintensive.com/?s=agcas
    myAdvantage – book an appointment: www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/careers/myadvantage
  • 13. I don’t have a PhD in physics
    Linkedin discussion in phd outside academia www.linkedin.com
    210 applications for a science post in academia the prodigal academic
  • 14. Key Facts
    645 Graduates with doctorate in physics 2008/9
    More than half go to industry.
    3.5 years later 14% of physics and engineering became HE lecturers
    3.5 years later 18% are HE researchers
    Median salary 3.5 years after is £32,000