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Career Architect

What does the programme cover?

The extensive programme combines coaching, independent learning, peer support and informal small-group workshops with ‘industry savvy’ information and exercises, to help researchers in all disciplines who are considering a range of suitable career options. Over 100 researchers have successfully completed this programme so far, with more than 70 per cent finding professional research-level opportunities in industry, in non-for-profit and public sector organisations, start-ups or by creating their own portfolio careers and new ventures.

Throughout the programme you will:

    • identify your strengths, values, transferable skills and expertise

    • heighten your awareness of appropriate career options

    • understand what employers are looking for and how to market yourself to them

    • form a strong peer support group with other participants

    • feel motivated, focused and supported throughout your transition.

How is it run?

Career Architect has being piloted to help us understand how we can transform it from a face-to-face programme into a format that can run online or as a blended resource.

The next cohort runs in May 2023, with a launch event expected to take place in April 2023. Dates and information will be published here, if you would like to register your interest or enquire about this programme please email


Where do I sign up?

The next cohort starts on May 11th 2023.  Applications close 5pm, Wednesday 19th April 2023. You will be informed of the outcome of your application by 5pm, Tuesday 25th April 2023.

Places are limited to 12 participants and there is a selection process to ensure that those taking part are those likely to gain the most.

Please note: the Programme is aimed at researchers who are looking to move on from academic research and teaching, so you cannot apply if you are currently in the process of or planning to apply for a fellowship or academic post.  If Career Architect isn't right for you, have a look at our Career Accelerator programme instead.


Career Accelerator Sway

Find out more about Career Architect in our sway guide