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Postdoc Academy


Career Planning and Progression


Cambridge has a dedicated Postdoc Careers Service, which is the first port of call for any careers support. They offer discipline specific career support and help about 2000 postdocs per year.

The Careers Advisers are prepared and ready to help you make informed decisions about your next career move, whether that’s within academia or beyond.

We have grouped their offerings by career planning stage, to help you quickly identify the most relevant resources to meet your current needs.


I’m looking for career ideas

Whether you need to understand how make the most of your postdoc experience and skills or explore career options inside and outside academia, the Careers Service can help.

Explore by booking a confidential appointment with one of five discipline specific advisers or engage with live and on-demand workshops and events.

Just activate your own account on our next generation careers platform Handshake to get started.

I've got a few career ideas

Test out those ideas and get the latest information on the COVID-19 job market, including the academic job market, with their events, careers fairs and postdoc career blog.

I have a clear idea

Get that job or fellowship application in shape by using the PhD and Postdoc CV book, signing up for applications sessions and booking an application review with an adviser.

If you have an upcoming interview, you can book an appointment with a Careers Adviser to coach you through it.

Further career development support

These resources on LinkedIn Learning compliment what is available at the Postdoc Careers Service.

Careercake provide some good courses on career progression basics, in particular: