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Getting started for postgraduates & researchers

There are a few steps you can take to get yourself started in your career development planning:

Analyse yourself and skills

Before you begin to explore career options available to you, it is useful to review your qualifications, skills and experiences you have accumulated in and outside of academia to date. For tips on career planning download our guide Career Planning: Getting Started

For PhD researchers the Researcher Development Framework developed by Vitae gives a detaild analytical tool for self-reflection.  The training and support offered at Salford is guided by this framework.

Research employers and job opportunities

Keep up to date with the latest information on employers recruiting taught and research postgraduates, research companies and read about the latest labour market trends.  In addition find details of upcoming careers events and fairs:

Meet employers and sign up to our jobs website to search for the latest paid work and voluntary opportunities. Download our Jop Hunting for Graduates guide and view Options after your PhD guide.


The Salford Postgraduate & Staff Research Training (SPoRT) programme is designed to help prostgraduates develop the skills needed for effective research and transferable skills to enhance your employability, whether you are planning a career in academia or elsewhere in the public or private sectors. It is open to all postgraduate researchers, academic and research staff.

All postgraduates can attend any of our central career development training events and other events organised by our Volunteering and Enterprise team. Additional workshops are delivered by Skills for Learning

Brush up on CVs, applicatioins and interviews

Having undertaken a skills audit and researched opportunities, you may wish to start your job search. Information is available on how to create postgraduate CVs as well as guidance on CVs in general, applications, online tests and psychometric tests as well as tips on how to prepare for interviews in or outside of academia. Find out more...

Find out about Self Employment & Enterprise

If you are keen to work as a freelancer or on a self-employed basis we can help you.  We provide activities aimed at nurturing enterprise and innovation. The Innovation Forum, Origin, can help you to develop your business idea, in particular the logistics and the financial, legal and administrative aspects of your business as well as provide you with tips on how best to promote your business.