What do researchers do next? #PostAcStory Hangout

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PhD researchers - Get career inspiration for your post-PhD life!  

Join a live Q&A with PhD graduates for our FREE #PostAcStory Google Hangout on 26 June (Thursday) from 2pm UK Time! Our moderator will be joined by researchers turned consultants and 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. 

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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?

If you have been asking yourself these questions, our Hangout will help you explore various types of jobs and roles available to you, both within and outside of academia.

Our researchers-turned-employees will attempt to answer the following questions:

  • How do you realise what strengths and talents you have?
  • What have other researchers done?
  • What kinds of career paths do researchers follow?
  • What’s 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?
  • What’s it like to be a research-trained professional in an industry?
  • Any burning questions you want to ask during the hangout or before on our social media channels using #PostAcStory

Meet our Panel!

  • Aina Astudillo Fernandez

Project Assistant at Focus Research / Objectif recherche ASBL, PhD in Biology.

  • David Finger

Marie Curie Incoming International Fellow at Department of Chemistry, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK, Member of UKRSA, PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

  • Jennifer Polk

Coach and Consultant, From PhD to Life, previously independent researcher, PhD in History. Updates on @FromPhDtoLife 

  • Geraint Wyn Story

Researcher Development Consultant at University of Cambridge. Previously Plant Genomics Manager, PhD in Plant Biotechnology. Updates on @GeraintWynStory 

  • Elizabeth Vokurka

IP Management and Innovation Consultant, RDS Fire Fighter and TV Quiz Question Setter, PhD in Physics.

What is a Google Hangout?

Vitae Google+ Hangouts are live online video events of Q&A sessions with a group of expert panellists. Our panel of experts will be discussing post-PhD careers – 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. You can watch our last Hangout on How to start a business after your PhD here.

We need your questions!

You will be able to watch our panellists talking about their career paths, streamed live via Google Plus. By joining our Google Plus event page, you will also have the opportunity to guide the discussion and advice with your own questions. Anyone who joins our event page will be able to post their questions to the panel directly during the event.

How can I ask questions?

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

where to find the Google hangout Q&A App

The App is now live - Simply click “Ask a new question” and we will answer it during the hangout.

Note: If you're not signed in with a Google account, you will not see the Q&A.

We also welcome participation across other social media channels by using #PostAcStory.

REMEMBER you can ask your questions any time before the Hangout and also live during the video streaming. We’re looking forward to having you involved!

This events is for all researchers - please share the news on social media!

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Our Hangout is part of the What do researchers do project investigating careers of researchers. The most recent aspect of the project is looking into the careers of staff researchers who left higher education to work with other sectors.