Are you a postdoc considering a career outside academic research?

If so, then the University of Leeds Career Architect Programme might be just what you need to kick-start your future. Find out more at an information meeting on 22 October.


  • Are you a member of postdoctoral staff currently considering careers beyond academic research?
  • Do you have between 6-12 months to go until your contract ends?
  • Do you need support with your career planning, job search, application and interview processes?
  • Are you prepared to put some work, time and energy into making it happen?

The University's Career Architect Programme can support staff working in any discipline who are currently considering a career beyond academic research.

The Programme is led by Patricia Gray and Emma Sinfield of our Staff and Departmental Development Unit. 

More than 50 staff have completed the Programme successfully since 2013.  This is what two of them have to say about it:

“The Career Architect is a must for anyone wanting to develop their professional network and take charge of their career. I have discovered more about myself through this course than at any other time in my education or working life. I am more confident with my strengths and skills and how to apply these to my job search, application and interview. I came away from this course knowing I have a brighter future ahead of me.”
Dr Thomas Baboolal, participant 2014

“The Career Architect Programme was excellent and extremely valuable. The whole really was bigger than the sum of its parts, so thanks to each of you for your unique contribution!  I would like to add that the programme was also thoroughly enjoyable. Having reflected on the experience, the optimism with which you approached it really made a difference!” 
Dr Hannes Pretorius, participant 2015

The next Programme will take place in three non-residential two-day blocks at Weetwood Hall Hotel and Conference Centre:

16-17 December 2015
13-14 January 2016
3-4- February 2016

The Programme is free but to take part you must:

  • have the support of your line manager to apply and attend
  • attend throughout the Programme
  • commit to completing fieldwork and to acting as a 'buddy' to other participants

You can't apply if you are currently in the process of, or planning on, applying for a fellowship or academic post.

Interested?  Come along to the Information Meeting:

On:  Thursday 22 October 2015

At:   12.15-1.30pm

In: Room 1.53G, School of Chemistry

Drinks will be provided: feel free to bring your own lunch with you.

Reserve your place as soon as possible by emailing Rachael Clark.

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