You have the world at your feet as a graduated PhD. But what jobs can you get with a PhD? Roughly speaking, you can divide your options into five different career directions.
You continue at the university as Post.doc., Associate Professor, Professor, etc.
You continue to research, but now with a new employer: usually within an industry, but also for commercial research institutions or an NGO.
You use all the knowledge and expertise you have built up during your PhD scholarship and become a specialist in your field of study, but you do not actually conduct research. It could be a position as consultant, teacher, business developer, regulatory affairs, product manager or similar.
You employ analytic skills, methodology and expertise, but you go far beyond your field. It can be as a consultant or in administration, project management or operations management.
Your unique knowledge and insight from and for research and all the skills you’ve acquired could also used to start up your own company. As a self-employed, you could work with product development, production, software development, business models or in consulting companies.
We have assembled some vital information that you should take into consideration during your PhD: