It is never too early, or too late, to start planning your career. As fixed term researchers or teaching staff (grade 6-8) you have full access to Oxford’s Careers Service during your contract period and for one year afterwards.
We have a range of specialist services available to support you.
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One to one guidance
Coaching is available to fixed term researchers via the Oxford Coaching Network (OCN). You have the opportunity to select a coach with appropriate experience and understanding of the researcher context. Many researchers find this support very beneficial in supporting their career thinking and planning process.
Useful career resources
The Careers Service website contains a wealth of resources on our pages exclusively for researchers, with an extensive range of tips whether you are looking to explore local opportunities, or find ways to boost your employability. Extensive guidance on networking, CVs, applications, interview skills and much more, is also available on www.careers.ox.ac.uk.
It is quite common for researchers at Oxford to experience setbacks, then feel uncertain or anxious about progressing in academia, or indeed more broadly. The Careers Service led a collaboration with PhD students, postdocs and established academics to produce a workbook and five podcasts to help researchers understand what can trigger a sense of academic failure and how to overcome this.
Workshops and events
Researchers move on to a wide range of exciting roles within and beyond academia. Get some ideas by browsing our expanding database on research-careers.org to get a flavour of what they enjoy in their new roles and how they made the transition. And if there’s a sector you’d like to explore, get in touch with the team of Oxford researchers running this resource via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bolstering your core employability skills
You will gain many valuable and transferable skills in your role here at Oxford. At the same time, you may want to bolster other skills such as leadership, teamwork or commercial awareness.