Researcher career stories

Over 150 career stories from researchers.

Careers stories are personal narratives focused on the experiences and decisions that the story tellers found significant. They offer inspiration and insight into the lives and career decisions of the story tellers.

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Career stories on film

Career stories on film

Hear researchers talking about their career history and choices

Entrepreneurial researchers

Entrepreneurial researchers

See how researchers have used skills gained during doctoral training to develop careers as entrepreneurs

Mature researchers

Mature researchers

A large proportion of researchers complete doctoral studies after gaining significant work experience

Planned happenstance

Planned happenstance

The focus of these career stories is the theory of ‘planned happenstance' illustrating how unplanned or chance events can influence career development opportunities

Career change

Career change

Researchers who have used the skills and experience gained as a researcher in different disciplines or sectors

Also on the web: 29 case studies from RCUK highlighting the opportunities research skills can bring

What do research staff do next?

What do research staff do next?

Stories from former research staff who have gone on to work outside academia