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Doctoral researchers – Get career inspiration for your post-PhD life! Free Vitae Google Hangout

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What do researchers do next?

26 June, 2pm UK Time, #PostAcStory

Join a live Q&A with doctoral graduates for Vitae’s FREE #PostAcStory Google Hangout on 26 June (Thursday) from 2pm UK Time! The moderator will be joined by researchers turned consultants as well as researchers working in and outside academia to discuss what it’s like to do their jobs, how they got there and how they decided what to do next after their PhD or Postdoctoral grant.

Respond to invitation here:

Career opportunities for researchers cover a wide range of sectors including higher education, manufacturing, finance, business and IT, health, and public administration. Recent trends demonstrate that over half of researchers will go on to pursue a career outside academic research or teaching on completion of their doctorate. So how do you decide which career to embrace? How do you find out which career would suit your strengths, values and interests?

The panellists will help you answer the following:

  • How do you realise what strengths and talents you have?
  • What have other researchers done?
  • What kinds of career paths do researchers follow?
  • What is it like to stay in academia as research staff?
  • What is it like to do research in a different setting?
  • Which qualifications and experience are required for various careers?
  • Work-life balance in various post-PhD careers

To meet the panellists and read more about the event, please, go to:

JOIN the conversation on the 26 June.


What is a Google Hangout?

Vitae Google+ Hangouts are live online video events of Q&A sessions with a group of expert panellists.

As the video is streaming live online you will be able to watch and gain real insights, top tips and also have an opportunity to get involved in the conversation, ask and answer questions on a discussion board or on Twitter.


Can anyone attend the Hangout?

Yes, whether you have a Google account or not, you will be able to watch our live hangout when it is streamed on 26 June!

However, only by joining our Google Plus event page or using #PostAcStory on Twitter, will you have the opportunity to guide the discussion and tailor advice with your own questions.


How can I ask questions?

The Google Hangout Q&A app will be used for the event which is the easiest and the most effective way to get your questions noticed. The questions will appear on the right side of the screen as the video is being streamed.

The App is now live – Simply click “Ask a new question” and it will be answered during the hangout.

Researcher Development: Spring Programme 2012

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Open to all Sussex doctoral researchers and research staff

For full details of events and to book online:


  • Using Scopus and Web of Science for Literature Searching.
  • Writing Tips for Humanities Researchers
  • Personal Effectiveness
  • Creativity in Academic Writing (for the Sciences)
  • Protecting Your Assets: never lose your data again


  • Keeping up to date with your research topic
  • Copyright issues in your doctoral thesis
  • Preparing for the Viva (Engineering and Design)
  • Editorial Tips for Humanities Researchers
  • The Balanced Researcher ~ visiting speaker Hugh Kearns
  • The Seven Secrets of Highly Effective Research Students ~ visiting speaker Hugh Kearns
  • Developing Academic Confidence ~ visiting speaker Charlotte Morris
  • Developing a Website with WordPress
  • Getting the Better of Technology (researcher wellbeing)
  • Writing Science Abstracts
  • Profolio Programme
  • Managing Professional Relationships (2 workshops: introductory / 2nd year onwards)
  • Literature Review – Arts disciplines
  • Using NVivo for Qualitative Research (3 workshops: beginners, intermediate, and advanced)


  • Measuring research impact using bibliometric tools
  • Performing your paper
  • Impact & Research Communication ~ visiting speaker Josie Dixon
  • Building a website with WordPress
  • Gaining Research Funding (for Early Career Researchers in the Social Sciences)
  • Does your research require ethical review?
  • Media Skills Training
  • Effective Researcher
  • Preparing a Paper for Publication (Sciences)
  • Digital Researcher
  • CVs for PhD researchers (Careers & Employability Centre – book here
  • Career Development for PhD researchers (Careers & Employability Centre – book here