Careers Service

PhD Horizons: Careers Webinar Series for PhD students

PhD Horizons: Careers Webinar Series for PhD students from 15th to 26th June 2020. The Careers Service will be hosting an online webinar series dedicated to showcasing the breadth of career opportunities outside academia available to PhD graduates of the University of Edinburgh.

The one day in person conference of previous years will this year be changed to daily one hour long online panel sessions themed by various employment sectors and lasting a fortnight.

This conference offers the following opportunities for PhD students, post-docs, and early career researchers:

  • Over twenty inspiring speakers from a wide range of occupations
  • Advice for making the most of your doctorate in today’s challenging recruitment market

Although we have had to move online this year, the new format will still allow you to engage with the speakers and ask questions to gain valuable insight into their career and post-PhD experiences. 

It is open to all PhD students at the University of Edinburgh, as well as early career researchers and post-docs. 

The conference will inspire you to think broadly about career prospects beyond the PhD and give you access to the valuable experience of former PhD graduates pursuing careers outwith academia.

How do I book?

Book your place on MyCareerHub

University of Edinburgh staff can book via MyEd Event Booking Channel.


Programme & Speaker Biographies


Making the Most of PhD Horizons


PhD Horizons Next Steps:


PhD Horizons 2020: Recordings 

You can view the recordings from 2020's webinar series on the Careers Service Media Hopper channel below (EASE login required):

PhD Horizons Media Hopper Channel


Why take part?

The PhD is an excellent and versatile preparation for a wide range of careers.  It nurtures the very skills that employers value… Furthermore, there is evidence that these benefits are not restricted to the individual with the PhD; employers have reported that doctoral graduates encourage, support and inspire those they work alongside to achieve more and better.  Doctoral graduates ask questions, bring new ideas and knowledge to a company and offer fresh perspectives on old problems. So, I hope that this careers conference will broaden your horizons, and help you to find a fulfilling career that makes the most of your special skills.

Professor Jeremy BradshawFormer Assistant Principal Researcher Development

Last Year's Event

You can view the 2019 programme for last year's conference and speaker biographies below. 


You can also view recordings of the panel presentations from 2019's conference here (EASE login required):

PhD Horizons 2019**

*Please note that these recordings are not subtitled.  Instead, you can access detailed notes of the panel presentations below. Subtitling or alternative formats are available upon request.

*Please note that these recordings are not subtitled. Subtitling or alternative formats are available upon request.