UCD is No. 1 in Ireland for graduate employability and is unique in Ireland in having a dedicated consultant for graduate research students. UCD Careers Network can support you to explore & plan your career options beyond your studies.
The UCD Careers Network is always delighted to meet with you at any stage of your PhD journey. It is often too easy to put ‘careers’ on the long finger when pursuing a PhD as the end seems far into the future. However, in the Careers Network we would recommend a steady approach right from the beginning rather than waiting until the write-up stage when there is the pressure of a submission date.
As a general rule of thumb, the following is a suggested timeline of touchpoints:
Whatever stage a doctoral candidate decides to make contact with the Careers Network, they will always receive a warm welcome.
As a Graduate Research Student Career & Skills Consultant, Ms Tara Hughes focuses on the mobility of Research Masters and Doctoral Candidates beyond the PhD. She works with individuals and groups on planning how to find where to find meaningful and rewarding careers. She does so by delivering a programme of professional skills training, 1-1 guidance and employer networking opportunities to enhance researcher competitiveness in a global environment.
In her previous role Tara worked as the Research Careers Manager (Career and Skills Consultant with postdoctoral research fellows). Prior to that she was on the People and Organisation Development team in UCD HR developing programs for Assistant Professors and new faculty. Her background is in Learning & Development, Organisation Development and as a HR Business Partner. She is a member of AHECS, AGCAS and the Association for Coaching.
Tara runs periodic career workshops for graduate research students. These will be advertised to current students and you can sign up on Careers Connect (UCD students/staff only).
A series of short 20mins interview-style talks about topics that matter for graduate research students, based on their feedback to date.