We have worked with Career Zone to collate a few helpful links and schemes to help you research potential roles and enhance your employability.

Particularly interested in a career in academia and/or research?

This sector is very wide ranging, meaning you have lots of options out there! From jobs in higher education, to R&D and scientific services. The research jobs are mainly, but not solely open to graduates with PhD level or masters qualifications. You should bear in mind that many jobs, ranging from marketing to policy jobs in the Civil Service, also involve an element of research so there is a lot of variety.

Career Zone have collated a list of great resources available to you to explore, from informational links about specific roles in the sector to numerous vacancy databases for scientific research, policy jobs in think tanks, charities and pressure groups and advice on how to get there with links to PhD opportunities throughout the UK too.

Early Career Researcher



Exeter Award

This programme is designed to enhance your employability by providing official recognition and evidence of extra-curricular activities and achievements.  These include engagement in work experience and voluntary work and attendance at skills sessions and training courses. Students who complete the Exeter Award are more likely to be in a graduate level job six months after graduating (Destination of Leavers of Higher Education data).

If you submitted your work to the Showcase, don’t forget to add it to your hours!

Career Mentor Scheme

The Career Mentor Scheme is a popular employability scheme which matches a student or graduate with an experienced professional, for sector insight and one-to-one careers advice and guidance, over a 6 month period.

Professional Pathways

Career Zone’s Professional Pathways programmes offer students the chance to receive sector specific training courses from an industry expert and paid 35 hour internships that take place in June. See if your research project could help you in your application to one of these programmes, and eventually lead you to an exciting career in the following sectors:

Access to Internships

Access to Internships (A2I) provides support and funding to help Exeter students arrange a paid internship in the UK. Students can apply for one employer subsidy and one ‘help getting to work’ bursary, if eligible, per year.

Career Zone can help you:

  • to identify potential internship employers in your chosen sector
  • make an effective approach to request a paid internship
  • by providing generous funding to offset the cost of an internship
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