#vitaechat - careers beyond academia

Join us on Tuesday 31 January 2018 at 12.00 until 13.00 (UK GMT) for our #vitaechat via Twitter on careers beyond academia.

Our moderator, Alanna Gluck will be joined by the panel of knowledgable researchers who have either experienced moving beyond academia or helped those who have and are able to share their tips with us and answer questions such as:

  • What kinds of roles do postgraduate researchers and early career researchers go into? 
  • I’ve decided to move beyond academia, what should I do now? 
  • Do I have any skills that non-academic employers want? 
  • Does leaving academia mean I’ve wasted my time pursuing a PhD? 
  • Does going beyond academia mean I have to start at the bottom of the career ladder? 
  • What are the benefits and challenges of going beyond academia? 
  • Where do I start my job search? 
  • How do I identify jobs suitable for postgraduate researchers and early career reserachers? 
  • How do I tailor my CV to this type of job search? 


Rachel Coulthard-Graf, EIPOD Career Development Advisor, EMBL International Centre for Advanced Training

James Donald, Programme Lead at UK Research and Innovation BBSRC

Dr. Nigel Eady, Director of Research Talent, King's College London

Dr Yenn Lee - Doctoral Researcher Development, SOAS, University of London

Del Trezise, Senior Director, Sartorius Corporation

This Twitter chat is part of our 'Focus-on: an inclusive research environment' theme.

Visit our Focus On page for resources and information to help you achieve your goals.  

What is a Twitter chat and how do I participate?

A Twitter chat is a live discussion on a set day and time, usually facilitated by a designated person, around a particular topic. If you have never used Twitter or taken part in a Twitter chat before, there are a lot of helpful guides around (e.g. 10 Commandments for Twitter and Using Twitter in university research, teaching and impact activities)

How do I join in?

  1. Log in to Twitter (you will need a Twitter account) at 12pm(UK time) on Tuesday 31 January 2018
  2. Search for the hashtag #vitaechat on Twitter and select the “Latest” tab
  3. Follow @vitae_news
  4. Our #vitaechat moderator, Alanna Gluck will post a series of discussion questions from the @vitae_news account
  5. Tweet your replies to the discussion questions and add your thoughts around the topic
  6. Don’t forget to add the hashtag #vitaechat to each of your tweets so that it shows up in the discussion stream

Why should I join?

Twitter chats are an open discussion, allowing participants from around the globe to meet and chat in real time around a shared interest. They are often fast-paced and exciting, with lots of different conversations happening simultaneously.

Benefits of joining a Twitter chat include the opportunity to

  • broaden your network outside of your usual circles
  • find out more about a new topic
  • be exposed to different perspectives on a familiar topic
  • offer advice, share your expertise, and contribute to a pool of knowledge.

What if I can’t make it at that time?

We will record the tweet chat and post a summary of it here afterwards so that you can view the chat if you missed it.