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Phd physics career evening

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Phd physics career evening

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

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