Careers and Employability Service
Services for research staff and PhDs

Individual guidance

Student writing notes

We offer 30 minute appointments with a careers adviser for PhD students during which you can discuss your career options.

You do not have to have a firm career idea before coming in for a discussion and may start from the point of not knowing what you want to do after your PhD or that you have some ideas but are unsure what further action you could take on these.

You will be working with the careers adviser ─ they will offer opinions and suggestions for you to consider and act upon, but they will not choose your career for you.

Please remember:

  • Do not leave it until the later stages of your PhD before seeing a careers adviser ─ a discussion early in your second year does offer time for you to research or even reconsider your options.
  • If you are unsure about what you want to do in the future come to your careers discussion with an open mind.


Preparation for your careers discussion

You can come to a discussion with no idea about what you want to do next but it can be helpful for you to:


Booking a careers discussion with a careers adviser

PhD students should contact reception on +44 (0) 115 951 3680 in order to book a 30 minute appointment with a careers adviser.  These discussions can cover career options, advice on making job applications including a review of your CV and interview preparation discussions. 

A limited number of careers guidance and CV surgeries are also offered at the Graduate Centres. The dates and booking details will be communicated through the Graduate School and Graduate Centres.



Careers and Employability Service

The University of Nottingham
Portland Building, Level D
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

telephone: +44 (0) 115 951 3680
fax: +44 (0) 115 951 3679