Career case studies

Detailed information on the career pathways of people with a doctorate or research background.

Case studies from the Careers Service

To see a selection of case studies of PhD graduates from the University of Edinburgh look at the Careers Service section on 'What have others done?'”

Career profiles and films

Vitae’s Researcher Career Stories resource has personal narratives of researchers and their career paths, providing real insight into life after a PhD. It contains over 150 career stories from researchers and highlights themes of doctoral entrepreneurs, mature researchers, planned happenstance and career change.

All of these are available via the Vitae website. You may need to use your email address to register/log in to view content.

General career planning resources

Career planning should be something you think about from the very start of your research project; a good resource to begin with are Vitae’s webpages dedicated to developing your career.

These pages can provide information and guidance to think about how to manage your career, including helping you consider career options and ways forward

The information provided covers a range of career options, both within research and academia, and considering careers in other sectors.

Advice for arts and humanities researchers

Beyond the PhD is on online career resource for arts and humanities PhD researchers, featuring career profiles, articles, audio and video clips.

Beyond the PhD

Academic Careers at University of Edinburgh

To view video case studies from academic staff and research students at the University of Edinburgh showing the challenges and rewards of an academic career, and what can aid career progression.

Academic career journeys at Edinburgh