CAREERS BLOG: careers in research

UoY Careers Imagine the possibilities LARGE dark green Careers blog written by: Irena Zientek, Information Resources Manager, Careers

If you love the research elements of your course, you might be thinking you’d like a graduate jobs which revolves around research. To many that means academia, but you might be surprised which other sectors offer work in research.

Only a relatively small number of graduates will become academics or university-based researchers, many more will go into research roles in other industries and sectors or even set up their own business. Here’s a few areas to consider…

Knowledge and skills

Regardless of which sector you may work in as a researcher, there are some common skills required, such as:

  • Typically need a postgraduate qualification and many researchers have a PhD
  • Methodical
  • Strong communication skills
  • Organisational skills
  • Time management
  • Ability to work on own or within a team
  • Perseverance and resilience
  • Analytical skills
  • Accuracy and attention to detail
  • Project management.


Find out more with the help of the following information resources.

Don’t miss!

Working in research event – Thursday 28 April, from 6.15pm in Physics/Exhibition Centre.  Come and meet researchers from a range of sectors and find out what a career in research is really like!