Careers resources

Resources you may find helpful in relation to planning your career.

Guide to interviews and CVs

The University Careers Service produce information on writing and structuring CV’s and preparing for interviews:

Quick guide to academic CVs (Careers Service website)

Write a non-academic CV (Careers Service website)

Prepare for an academic interview (Careers Service website)

Prepare for interviews beyond academia (Careers Service website)

Career Conversations 

Career Conversations with your PI

This guide includes information and questions to consider when preparing for a career conversation with your PI / Supervisor.

Career Conversations with your PI (PDF)

Principal Investigator Career Conversations

This infographic includes information to support PIs to have career conversations with their Research Staff, including what is expected and not expected, resources and example questions for those conversations

Principal Investigator Career Conversations (PDF)

Thriving in your research position

You may also find the IAD's 'Thriving in your research position' guide useful, especially the activities on developing your research and career activity.

Thriving in your research position - find out more

New staff career development timeline: career planning guide for new research staff

A comprehensive guide designed to highlight key resources for career planning and the stage at which you might need them during your time at the University of Edinburgh.

Career planning guide for new research staff (PDF)

Research careers within academia

This guide provides information on how you can increase your chance of success in a competitive market and includes a comprehensive list of vacancy websites.

Research Careers Within Academia (PDF)

Careers beyond academia

This short guide provides career transition information as well as listing common roles and areas that researchers have previously gone on to work within.

Careers beyond academia (PDF)

Interdisciplinary research 

Making the most of the opportunities and navigating the challenges for early career researchers

Interdisciplinary Research - A Guide for ECR - find out more


Careers – 5 Steps to Changing your Career (PDF)

Careers – CV Checklist (PDF)

Careers – Academic CV Checklist (PDF)

Careers – Cover letter checklist (PDF)

Careers – Steps to Securing a Lectureship (PDF)

IAD blog for researchers

Many recordings of workshops are now available on our blog; get a head start on your career planning by listening to these.

IAD4Researchers - Researcher Development at the University of Edinburgh blog homepage

Adapting your CV for non-academic jobs

Building your employability

Getting your first lecturing job

Career choices for researchers