Portfolio Careers Panel

  • Tuesday 9th June, 2015, 1-2.30pm
  • Arts Two Room 217, Mile End Campus
  • Attendance is free but space limited to 30 people. Please register here.
  • Lunch provided

5744624394_1971bf5f57As more people graduate with PhDs every year, it is important that PhDs think about future career opportunities in a more flexible way than their predecessors.

A PhD can lead to a permanent, full time position but more and more PhDs, particularly in the Arts and Humanities,  are forging their own career journeys via a number of different part- time opportunities. Such ‘Portfolio Careers’ sometimes occur out of necessity but for some, it is a chosen path that allows individuals to be autonomous and utilise their expertise, experience and networks.

As part of the Graduate Festival, we have invited four QMUL PhD alumni from a range of disciplines to share the highs and lows of their early portfolio careers with you.

This will be an informal panel, where the speakers will give an honest overview of their background and experience and then it is up to you, the audience, to ask questions about their experience. Depending on the sign up for the event, this will either be done in small groups or as a typical Q&A session. We look forward to seeing you all there.

The four panelists: 

Dr Lavinia Brydon (PhD from School of Languages, Linguistics and Film)

Between my submission in 2011 and the obtainment of a full-time, fixed-term lectureship in 2013, I held several part-time positions within the university environment. These included hourly-paid film lecturer/teaching assistant at QMUL, Birkbeck and the University of Kent; seasonal work as a CV advisor with QM Careers; and the part-time, fixed-term role of Graduate Student Development Co-ordinator, for The Learning Institute at QMUL.

Dr Artem Bakmanidis (PhD in Endocrinology from Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry)

Following my PhD, I was looking for a role that would enable me to pursue my passion for science but in a more dynamic environment, which I found in Healthcare PR. I joined a communication agency as a PR consultant where I was involved in strategy and implementation of many communication campaigns for various Pharmaceutical companies, across various disease areas (oncology, rheumatology, etc). After several years, I began to carve my own place within the agency by becoming a champion of video and animation, eventually being offered a permanent position as a creative producer. A few years later, having built a successful video production team, I joined a start-up creative agency as a partner and video lead. My current role as a Senior Producer involves juggling about a dozen (or more) simultaneous video projects for different Pharma companies in different disease areas. I specialise in translating complex science into simple/effective communication messages (through video and animation) for healthcare professionals and other lay audiences (journalists, patients, etc).

Dr Sai Pathmanathan (D.Phil. in Neuroscience from Oxford)

Following my undergraduate degree at QMUL, I did a D.Phil. at the University of Oxford, Department of Biochemistry. Since then, I have had part-time roles as a Programme Director of a creative STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) outreach programme in Nottingham, as a Research Fellow whilst running my own projects: afterschool science clubs, in-school workshops, panel events and the development of educational resources.

Ms Charlotte Rushworth (PhD GTA Research Candidate, School of Law- QMUL; LLM – University of Liverpool)

Since commencing my PhD research at QMUL, I have held a few part-time positions within the university environment and externally too. These have incorporated both paid and voluntary work for other organisations. Primarily, my position as a PhD student relies upon teaching first year law students at the School of Law in QMUL. But in addition, over the past 18 months I have completed research for an international NGO specialising in human rights and strategic litigation; worked within the founding team in establishing a charitable education project for schools on ‘The Rule of Law’, undertaken legal work with a key law firm in my research field of education law; held a part-time position as Internship Coordinator for the LLM at QMUL, and for the past academic year I have also held the role of PhD Student Representative for Law (organising the PG Law Conference, weekly lunchtime lecture series, socials and writing retreats amongst other events).

The discussion will be followed by networking opportunities over lunch.