Using your Doctorate or PhD outside Academia:
As a Doctorate or PhD holder, your qualifications and skills can be extremely useful both across a range of sectors, especially if you have the additional skills mentioned above. If you're considering alternative career paths, here are some starting points:
What do researchers do? - Vitae resources including information and case studies of researchers who've moved into alternative careers
Possible areas to consider:
- Research roles outside academia in industry, commerce, public sector, charities, pressure groups, 'think tanks', cultural organisations
Non-academic roles within a University: possessing a Doctorate or PhD opens up management opportunities and your HE experience means you have a good insight into the culture and structures within HE
Scientific services - clinical sciences, advisory services, specialist industries
Associated commercial careers - technology transfer, patent agent, data management, regulatory affairs, marketing
Communication - publishing, editorial, commissioning, production, press officer, outreach, medical writer, online content
Teaching - university, schools, the post-16 sector and adults
Freelancing/starting a business/consultancy work/
Something completely different ... finance, I.T.
For career paths completely unrelated to academia, Prospects Planner (designed for graduate-level jobs) could prompt new ideas.