Over the next two days there will be more than one hundred employers coming to University of Edinburgh to talk about their graduate opportunities. Many of these employers are interested in talking to students from all levels of study, including those doing a PhD. It’s a great opportunity for you to talk to employers and explore jobs outside academia if that interests you.
Employers such as Accenture, Hymans Robertson, Standard Life, Procter & Gamble, Baillie Gifford and Selex, among others, are all interested in talking specifically to research students (although many for recruitment into a general graduate programme). You can find out who is coming to the Careers Fair, what type of opportunities they have, and whether they are targeting research (PGR) students by looking at the Careers Fair Guide here.
Remember to be ready to ‘sell’ what you to offer as a soon to be PhD graduate. You will be developing a wealth of skills through your PhD study which will be of interest to employers (project management, communicating to different audiences, data analysis, to name just a few) so make sure are ready to talk about these skills. If you want to do some preparation look at the information on PhD student skills on the Careers Service website.
In addition to employers, there are talks on applications, and how to develop skills such as leadership and networking which may interest you.
Finally, for those of you with an interest in working in the voluntary sector, make sure you go along to Careers Fair Third Day: More than Profit. Here you can meet with representatives from around thirty not for profit organisations who will tell you about building a career in this area.
Main Careers Fair: Tuesday 7 and Wednesday 8 October 2014, 1.30pm – 6.30pm
Careers Fair Third Day: More than Profit: Thursday 9th October 2014, 1pm – 4pm
Venue: Adam House, 3 Chambers Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1HR