Even though the higher education sector continues to be the largest employer of doctoral graduates, there are currently many other opportunities as well. In addition to universities, researchers and specialists are needed, for example, in research institutes and corporate R&D teams. Besides the private sector, doctoral graduates’ expertise is also needed in the public sector, government and municipalities. In many sectors, establishing your own business is a noteworthy alternative.
Since the scope of career options for doctors is extensive, it is recommended that you consider at an early stage what kinds of work in particular interest you. What are your strengths? What kinds of competence have you gained during your doctoral studies? What kinds of duties most appeal to you? It is also important to be aware of all the various options: Do you know alumni who have graduated from your doctoral programme and do you know where they now work? More information about where doctoral graduates in your field are employed is available in the results of the University’s career monitoring (in Finnish only).
You can get advice on career planning from your supervisor and advisory committee. You should also participate in career planning and alumni events organised by your doctoral programme and the doctoral school. You can also get support for planning your career from the University’s Career Services, all the services provided by which are freely available to all doctoral students.
You can use the instructions drawn up by Career Services to map out your personal career path.