RSAA Colloquia / Seminars / Feast-of-Facts: Friday, 29 May 2015, 14:00-14:40; Duffield Lecture Theatre

Peter Teague

"How can a PhD in Astronomy prepare you for doing other things in the Real World"

This talk provides a handy guide on what one can do in the real world after obtaining a PhD in Astronomy (and after the postdocs run out and no tenured positions available). It focusses on the various types of skills, knowledge and application gained during a PhD that actually makes one quite employable across a range of areas and positions/roles. This is based on my own experience (and other ex-astro bodies) to provide case study examples covering a wide array of project and technology types and the range of different roles over the years. This talk provides important awareness raising for young students – noting that one may not stay in one’s chosen field and that a ’multi-career’ is more than likely, along with the numerous opportunities possible out there.