The ICR offers a comprehensive and bespoke career development programme for students. All students are given access to professional careers consultants from the University of London careers service, who offer onsite workshops and webinars on CV preparation, interview skills and employment search techniques including the use of LinkedIn. The careers sessions are often co-delivered by ICR faculty and members of the Learning and Development Team, and the consultants themselves have backgrounds in scientific research. This ensures the support provided is highly relevant and of maximum benefit. Individual, confidential appointments with a careers adviser are also available.
The ICR acknowledges the challenge involved in successfully navigating an academic career path and aims to support this area as effectively as possible. Sessions on obtaining fellowship funding, finding the right post-doc position, preparing for academic interviews and writing research for publication are popular sessions run on a regular basis.
Careers events are also provided. The annual student conference is arranged for students by students and normally includes a variety of workshops and a career speed networking session with the opportunity to meet with a wide range of science career professionals both inside and outside academia. In addition, a biennial research careers conference is provided for third and fouth year students and post-doctoral researchers, featuring speakers with a range of career backgrounds.
Careers cafés are held throughout the year, where ICR alumni and external speakers are invited to come and speak about their career, giving first-hand insight to their chosen scientific careers inside and outside the lab. There are also a number of funded places for third year students on the Nature Jobs Careers Expo available.
The ICR’s training policy is equality impact assessed.
Collaborating with industry
The ICR has close links and collaborations with industry through our teams in the Drug Development Unit, and many of our Faculty have backgrounds in industry themselves.
Learning and Development, together with the ICR’s highly experienced Enterprise Unit, provides a workshop on identifying and managing research collaborations, with input from pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies.
Individual research sections also invite speakers from industry to talk about possible career paths.