Campus workshops

It can be tricky to translate your academic skills and experience for the job market outside academia. That’s why I’ve developed a one-hour training workshop called ‘How to market yourself for careers outside academia’. The workshop helps Masters students and PhDs to identify their transferable skills and understand how to package themselves to secure a great job.

If you’d like me to run this workshop for your organisation, please get in touch via the contact form at the bottom of this page. I can deliver the workshop in person or through a teleconference or Skype call. For a flavour of the topics I’ll cover, you’re welcome to download a sample presentation, which I can customise to suit your audience.

Chris on tour in 2017

13 September – University of Birmingham: half-day on ‘Accessing careers outside of academia for humanities and social science PhDs’. See the Testimonials section below for the feedback I received on this session.

16 March – University of Newcastle: interactive session on ‘Promoting your skills as a Researcher’ at the Researching our Futures Conference.

8 February – Brunel University London: half-day workshop on career opportunities for researchers outside of academia.

3 February – Irish Association of Professional Historians, Dublin: half-day workshop on career opportunities outside academia, including CV clinic.

Chris on tour in 2016

11 October – Careers webinar on ‘How to market yourself for careers outside academia’, for Brandeis University.

14 May – Speaker on ‘How to Translate Your Skills into Language Employers Understand’ on the Professional Development Day of the 3rd annual Beyond the Professoriate online conference.

17-18 March – Guest speaker at a postgraduate event organised by The James Hutton Institute.


Here’s what careers practitioners and researchers are saying about my workshops:

Chris delivered a great session for us at Birmingham looking at accessing careers outside of academia for Humanities and Social Science PhDs. As well as being a knowledgeable and approachable trainer, he was also great to deal with and an exemplary professional.

PhDs most enjoy career development training when they feel it is tailored ‘especially for them,’ and the relevance and interactivity of Chris’s session saw those in attendance get really stuck in and involved with activities and feedback. The session received 100% satisfaction from those who attended.

One student commented: “I can’t think of anything to add or change about the event – it was very informative and has made me feel confident about job searching outside of academia. Thank you to all involved!”

Whilst another said: “I now feel it’s less difficult to look for a job outside the uni. I’m going to use the ‘job skill set matrix’ to articulate myself on my CV. Thank you very much!”

Dr Holly Prescott
PGR Careers Adviser
University of Birmingham

Invite Chris

If you’d like me to run a careers workshop for your organisation, please use this contact form to get in touch:

Press kit

Here’s my 150 word bio, which you can use when introducing me:

Dr Chris Humphrey completed a PhD in Medieval Studies at the University of York, UK (1997), and held a post-doctoral fellowship there until 2000. He is the author of The Politics of Carnival: Festive Misrule in Medieval England and other publications on festivals and time in the medieval world.

Since leaving academia, Chris has worked as a project and programme manager in the private sector, specialising in technology, transport, financial services and sustainability. Today Chris works as a project manager for the world’s leading sustainable bank.

In 2012 Chris founded Jobs on Toast, a blog dedicated to raising awareness amongst Masters students and doctoral graduates of the abundant career opportunities beyond higher education. Through his writing, public talks, social media activity and one-to-one mentoring, Chris helps researchers make a smooth transition into professional work outside of academia. His motto is ‘If I can do it, you can do it.’

Here’s a photo you can use when introducing me. Right click on the photo and select ‘Save image as…’ to save it to your local drive.

Chris Humphrey picture