What do research staff do next?

Vitae, in collaboration with Naturejobs and other partners, investigated the careers of research staff who moved from research posts in European higher education institutions to other occupations and employment sectors.

Project outcomes include: 

40 career stories

'What do research staff do next? 2016' report What do research staff do next?

This project has developed a better understanding of the careers of research staff who move into occupations beyond academic research, and their reflections on the transition process and current career paths.

We have some knowledge of the first few years of researchers’ career paths after their doctoral degree through Vitae's 'What do researchers do?' series, but very little is known about subsequent career stages, particularly for those who were initially employed as researchers in higher education. The project examined how and why early career researchers who were employed in postdoctoral positions leave higher education and enter other occupations.

More information on the background and aims of the project.