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Centre for Research Staff Development

Careers & One-to-One Support

Planning for your professional future

You may already have a clear idea of what the next phase of your career looks like or perhaps you are unsure what it is that you would like to do next. Regardless of where you stand in planning your professional future, talking your options through with an objective careers consultant or pursuing the additional careers support available can help you structure and solidify your plans.

We offer various services to help you steer your professional future in the direction you want it to go.

One-to-one confidential appointments 

KKate Murray-004Donald Lush-006ate Murray and Donald Lush are our experienced, impartial Careers Consultants for Research Staff. In appointments with them, you can discuss issues such as next steps after your contract ends, which employers value your skills, maximising your chance of finding a job in academia, interview preparation, and CVs and LinkedIn profiles.

Book an appointment via King's CareerConnect.

(N.B. The first time you log in to CareerConnect you will have to create a profile before you can book an appointment)

Courses & Meet the Employer Panel Events 

We offer a range of face-to-face courses, webinars, and panel events with employers throughout the year. Visit our Careers & Employability courses page for more information. 

Additional Information & One-to-One Support

Opportunities to Work with Employers

do1thing_logo_FINALKing's Careers and Employability can help you find opportunities to learn about possible careers beyond academia.

We offer symposia, informal panel discussions, and other events, with the support of the faculty research staff networks. Details about these are regularly included in the Research Staff Newsletter, on kcldo1thing.comand on the Careers & Employability webpages.

Careers Beyond Academia Case Studies

If you decide not to stay in academia, your research skills and knowledge make you strongly marketable for a variety of roles in industry. Explore our case studies to see how professionals, including King's alumni, applied their PhDs and research experience to pursue different careers beyond academia. 

Performance Development Reviews (PDRs)

A Performance Development Review (PDR) is a discussion with your line-manager or an equivalent member of staff that complements the more regular meetings you might have with them. A PDR is a valuable platform in which to plan for your professional future and identify learning and development opportunities. 

King's offers all its staff the opportunity to have a PDR once a year. If you have been at King's for over a year and have not had a PDR, we recommend that you speak to your line-manager to arrange one. We offer a course, Getting the Most out of your PDR, to help you have an effective and positive PDR. The Organisation Development (OD) team also offers training for staff conducting PDRs. 

For further information and resources, please visit the OD PDR webpages

Coaching & Mentoring

Coaching and mentoring both provide you with a confidential space, one-to-one, to tackle challenges that you are facing. Coaches and mentors employ similar skills, often acting as a sounding board to help you work out what you want to achieve and how to get there.

Trained staff in the Centre for Research Staff Development can offer coaching sessions to address topics including workload management, career direction, and personal issues. However, the content and planning of your research should be discussed with your PI/line manager so will not be covered by our coaches. Please email for further information.

The Centre for Research Staff Development is currently piloting a mentoring scheme for postdoctoral researchers in the four heath faculties with the aim of rolling it out to other disciplines. More information will be available here shortly. 

There are various other mentoring schemes currently operating at King's. Further information can be found here.

Improve your Writing Skills

We host two Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellows (2017-18: Harry Ritchie and Sarah Ardizzone) who are both professional writers.

They provide assistance with improving and refining writing skills in a range of areas, including:

  • research articles & submitting applications

  • fluent academic style

  • literature reviews

  • job applications

  • overcoming writer's block

  • accurate grammar & punctuation

  • summary skills

  • correct use of idiom & register

The writing fellows offer one-to-one appointments between 60-90 minutes, 3 days per week for research staff across all disciplines. Appointments will be available from mid-September. 

To book an appointment with Harry, email To arrange an appointment with Sarah, email

Personality Analysis

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is an internationally renowned personality-typing tool.

It contributes to:

  • increase self awareness

  • improve relationships with others

  • understand different learning styles

  • build high performance teams

  • develop your leadership style

  • manage conflict

  • boost self esteem.

The Centre for Doctoral Studies has four MBTI-qualified assessors who feature the process in their workshops.

Any particular groups or departments interested in discussing Personality Analysis further should email

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