What Next?: Social Science PhD and ECR Careers Week

By 18th February 2021 No Comments

The Universities of Sheffield, Leeds and York, in partnership with the WRDTP, are delivering a week of professional training, inspirational talks and career workshops to be held across the week commencing 22nd March 2021. 

These digital events are designed to help you, our PhD students and Early Career Researchers, navigate your next career move. With only around 30% of Doctoral Graduates remaining in academia and roles increasingly harder to secure, our aim is to support you and showcase  alternate career opportunities that align with your research strengths and make the most of your valuable skills.

Events are open to all Social Science PhD students and ECRs across the White Rose University network (Sheffield, Leeds, York, Sheffield Hallam, Bradford, Hull and Manchester Metropolitan).

Events have limited numbers so please register your interest using the links below. 

Career Development training workshops


To help you prepare for a possible shift into a career outside of academia we have curated a series of five workshops delivered by a Chartered Psychologist specialising in Career Development and Talent Management.

Workshops themes:

Find out more and register your interest for each session by clicking on the links above.
Places are limited.



We have invited several inspirational speakers to talk to us about their professional journey outside of academia. In this series of inspirational talks you will hear what motivated them to pursue a career beyond academia and how their research skills have transferred to their new roles. Sessions will be chaired and there will be time for a Q&A.

Find out more about each of our speakers and register your interest by clicking on the links above.

Policy Workshop with the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP)


We will be welcoming policy makers, social researchers and statisticians from the DWP to discuss their career pathways into the civil service and the different recruitment schemes and placements available.

Find out more and register your interest.
Places are limited.

Career Service Workshop


Career Services from The Universities of Leeds and York will be running workshops on key professional skills and how to find employment.

Workshop themes:

Find out more and register your interest for each session by clicking on the links above. Places are limited.