Career Profile – Dr. Tracey Sara Sweet

Name: Dr. Tracey Sara Sweet

Current Role: Head of Science at Brixham College

PhD Subject and Graduation Year: Chemistry – 2001

First job/employer following PhD:

Institute of Cancer Research

What were your reasons for your career choice, including why you left, or stayed in, academia?

Career Profile – Dr. Daniel Holdaway

Name: Dr. Daniel Holdaway

Current Role: (as at 2013): NASA Global Modeling and Assimilation Office.

PhD Subject and Graduation Year: Mathematics – 2011

What were your reasons for your career choice, including why you left, or stayed in, academia?

I wanted to continue my research into numerical weather and climate prediction.…

Career Profile – Dr. Andrea Day

Name: Dr Andrea Day

Current Role: Senior Operational Analyst

PhD Subject and Graduation Year: Behavioural Sciences – 2012

How did you become interested in the area that you work in?

When I was researching group emotions for my PhD I started developing ideas on self-sacrifice.…

Career Profile – Dr. Nicky King

Name: Dr Nicky King

Current role: Director of Studies for Natural Sciences, Senior Lecturer (E&S) in Biosciences at the University of Exeter

PhD Subject and Graduation Year: Chemistry, 2005

What is your disciplinary and educational background?

BSc Chemistry with European Study

PhD Chemistry

I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

What made you decide to become an academic?

Career Profile – Dr. Mike Beer

Name: Dr. Mike Beer

Current Role: Head of Modern Foreign Languages and Classics, Exeter College

PhD Subject and Graduation Year: Classics – 2008

How did you become interested in the area that you work in?

Became interested in teaching after teaching as a postgraduate.…

Career Profile – Dr. Darryl Murphy

Name: Dr. Darryl Murphy

Current Role: Partner, KPMG

PhD Subject and Graduation Year:  Maths – 1990

How did you become interested in the area that you work in?

I moved to infrastructure/project finance within banking when I was 29 having been an environmental/mathematical modeller for 5 years post-graduation.…

Career Profile – Dr. Caitlin McDonald

Name: Dr. Caitlin E McDonald

Current Role: Data, Research and Insights Manager at TES Global

PhD Subject and Graduation Year: Arab and Islamic Studies – 2011

How did you become interested in the area that you work in?

When I graduated from my PhD I considered a number of possible career directions including publishing and qualitatively oriented market research agencies.  Eventually a friend suggested that I apply for an open entry-level position at TES in their data and research team.  I hesitated at first because the role was very quantitatively oriented and I wasn’t sure it was the best fit for my skill set.   However, with some encouragement I decided to pursue the job.  Eventually I found that, though challenging, working in a quantitative role was not as big of a leap as I first thought and it’s an extremely valuable preparation for developing to a strategic or managerial role.…

What do researchers do? Vitae

What do researchers do? is a series of publications by Vitae, the national organisation for researcher development. The publications are based on extensive research, and explore the destinations and career paths of doctoral graduates and how they contribute to society, culture and economy.…