Applying for non-academic jobs
A PhD moving away from academia must know how to communicate their transferable skills and expertise.
Corporate and third sector employers are sometimes intimidated by the idea of a candidate with high intellectual abilities, and may perceive an inability to adapt well to team work and short deadlines. A successful application for such employers will reflect their requirements and positively counter any concerns they may have.
The resources below will help you make a strong application and prepare well for an interview.
An internship is an excellent way of finding out more about a career outside of academia. Internships vary in length, level of commitment, salary (some are unpaid) and outcome, so it helps to have an overview of how an internship will enhance your prospects and strengthen your CV. A successful internship can often lead to a formal job opportunity.
Remember: An internship will take place during normal office hours, reducing time for research. Make sure that any commitment you make is not going to harm your PhD.
Remember: Any organisation that runs an internship programme will give information about their scheme on their website. PhDs will usually be applying alongside graduates and masters students. Therefore it’s important to read the material carefully to pick up clues about what they are looking for in an intern. Also be very clear in your application, state what relevant skills and experience you can offer.