A PhD does not have to lead to an academic career. But even if many PhD candidates decide that working as an academic is not for them, thinking of careers outside academia can be accompanied by feelings of loss and anxiety regarding future job prospects. For this reason, HOTCUS is launching a new mentorship programme which aims to offer additional support to those seeing themselves faced with this transition, beyond what is available in their universities. In an initial pilot, we feature three colleagues who, after having completed their PhDs, embarked on exciting and successful careers outside academia and are willing to share their experiences. You can find their web profiles here.

If you are thinking about starting a career outside of academia after your PhD, these three mentors are there to discuss career plans and advise on CVs and applications. If you would like to be assigned a mentor under the new mentoring scheme, please email uta.balbier@kcl.ac.uk who will put you in touch with an appropriate mentor and explain the ground rules of the supervision process. Please include in this email a CV and a short statement (300 words) on your experiences and expectations, and the sector you are considering applying to.