Statement following the death of George Floyd

The murder by police of US citizen George Floyd has highlighted the systemic racism that afflicts the United States and many other countries. I offer my deepest condolences to Mr Floyd’s family and other people impacted by this terrible tragedy. I give my support and thanks to everyone who fights to end racial injustice and build a society that puts fairness, equality and human dignity first.

Within the scope of my work on this careers resource website (Jobs on Toast), I’ve always consciously sought to amplify voices that are marginalised in our current society – this is reflected in the writers and coaches whose work I feature, the personal profiles I choose to give as examples and quote from, and in the authors of guest articles published on the site. 

I will continue this proactive approach and reflect further on what more I can do, in support of racial justice and anti-racist goals and outcomes, in my help for researchers making the transition into careers outside of academia.

Take action: Please write to your MP or other elected representative, to express your views and ask them to take action. The Independent newspaper has compiled this page where you can make donations and sign petitions in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. Use and share this ordered list of scaffolded anti-racist resources with others who can benefit through personal growth and learning more.

Collaborate: please get in touch with your ideas on how we as a community of current and former researchers, can share resources that specifically support Black and Minority Ethnic researchers, with the challenges of changing careers post-PhD. And resources that help to confront and overcome racial bias and prejudice in the hiring process.

Chris Humphrey, PhD

6 June 2020

How PhD holders can find and secure an IT job – interview

I was recently interviewed about how doctoral graduates can find a good job in the IT and tech sector. Certainly, my first job after leaving academia was with a tech start-up, developing e-learning courses from classroom-based courses. Have you considered IT and tech as a profession after your PhD? 

Here’s a snippet from my interview:

‘For PhD holders who are trying to find work in the IT or tech sector, is their transition typically easier or harder than PhDs who are trying to find work in other industries? 

Doctoral graduates in computer science are certainly highly sought after by companies who explicitly advertise for candidates holding this qualification, so their transition is easier. That said, tech companies know it takes more than just programmers and engineers to make a successful business. They also need to recruit people like:

  • Sales staff – who understand the technical and scientific background to the products they’re selling 
  • Writers and editors – who can create engaging content for a website or app
  • Project managers – who can oversee the development of new products and services

Doctoral graduates are well-qualified for all of these roles, making IT and the tech sector one of the more attractive options for researchers looking for work in other industries.’

You can read the full interview about How PhD Holders Can Find and Secure an IT Job over on GDH Consulting’s blog. Enjoy! If you have a question about working in the IT and tech sector, please leave a comment below and I’ll do my best to answer.