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Current Postgraduate Students


This year, our Departmental biennial full Careers Programme will run during the Lent Term 2018: our alumni come back to talk about a whole host of different careers options that students can consider; key elements from the central University Careers Service (UCS) and sessions on writing grant applications and fellowship proposals are also included.


The University Careers Service (Stuart House, Mill Lane) provides excellent support for all graduate students in the University. You need to register before you can login to the Careers Service website. 

Once registered, some resources available to you are:

Careers Talks and Workshops including:

Should I Postdoc or Not?

Planning for an Academic Career (for PhDs in Physical Sciences and Technology)

Using LinkedIn for PhDs and Postdocs

Introduction to the UK Academic Sector (for PhDs in Physical Sciences and Technology)

Exploring Career Options (for PhDs in Physical Sciences and Technology)

Employer Visits

In the Michaelmas Term, many employers visit Cambridge to meet students and attract applicants for their vacancies.  Details of all these events as well as UCS Talks and Workshops are advertised on the UCS Diary & through CamCareers email alerts. Look for the ‘What’s On’ dropdown (UCS homepage).

Careers Events including:

  • Consultancy Event (October)
  • Banking and Finance Event (October)
  • Engineering, Science and Technology Event (November)
  • Cam Connect (local IT and technology companies) (February)

These are excellent opportunities to meet a wide range of employers all keen to recruit from Cambridge and all gathered in one place.

CamCareers emails

You may sign up to the sectors that interest you and you will be emailed about events, news etc. Find the link on the UCS homepage.


This is a database of Cambridge alumni in a huge range of jobs who have volunteered to be contacts for current students. Contacting people through GradLink is a great way to informally find out more about what different jobs are really like. Find the link on the UCS homepage.

Vacancies and Opportunities

Every year thousands of jobs are advertised on the UCS database. You can save some time by setting up searches so that up to date information is e-mailed to you about jobs being advertised in the categories you find interesting. You may also browse the archive of everything that has been advertised through the UCS web site in the past 2 years to get ideas about which jobs are available throughout the year.

CVs and Cover Letters for PhDs and Postdocs

You may pick up a copy of this extremely useful publication from the front desk of the UCS. It includes real, successful application materials and is a must have for any PhDs going onto the job market.