Researchers – What Do You Want To Do Next?

What you want to do when you grow up? If you’re doing a PhD (or other doctoral qualification) at the University of Manchester, or are a member of our research staff, this is something we’d love to know about.

It’s one of the questions in the “Researcher Training and Development Survey” which has been live for a few weeks now (any PhDs should already have got an e-mail about it – though you’ve probably deleted it).

Do you really all want to be academics?
We’re starting to get preliminary results and so far, it looks like most of the respondents just want to be university researchers or academics.

Now, I know that lots of you do want this (which is why I’m spending the summer writing a new academic careers website). However, I suspect that lots of you who read this blog are also considering other careers – but if you don’t fill in the survey, all the evidence will show that all that our PhDs want from the Careers Service is information on academic jobs.

We seem to be particularly short of science and engineering PhDs & EngDs views, so unless you want our research training and careers strategy to be dominated by Humanities PhDs who all want to be academics …

It’s time to have your say!

Just fill in the on-line survey at:

It covers lots of other stuff – the training you’ve done, support from your supervisor/PI as well as any careers events, talks or workshops attended, individual advice received, your career aspirations, what further help we should be providing (as well as any blogs you read).

There’s a prize draw for £100 of Amazon vouchers, and the deadline’s being extended until 20th September.

By Elizabeth Posted in PhD, wf