Career Design and Development: for DPhil students & Research Staff (Programme Paused)

This programme is paused at the moment.


This original Oxford Careers Service programme will combine individual, paired and group activities to stimulate thinking, explore new areas and practice new ways of self-expression on work-related topics and tools relevant to researchers.

Participants will:

  • Learn how a design-thinking approach can be used to develop and progress a personal career plan
  • Use visual methods to explore career options for the coming five years
  • Understand the generative potential of networking
  • Feel confident to consider, and try out, different career directions within or beyond academia
  • Learn strategies for narrowing down your options and making decisions
  • Define personal action points for developing your career, plus indicators for evaluating your learning.

How to apply

All University of Oxford DPhil students and research staff are welcome to apply for this programme. To attend, please sign up on the event page on CareerConnect, then mark your diary to attend all three workshops. The process relies on your participation in the full process, including all the three workshops and both individual and group tasks between workshops. 

Applications for the programme are now closed.


This course … has really helped me shift my paradigm in terms of how I approach my job search, and has led to me starting to take some small steps towards my goals. The emphasis on a bias towards action, and prototyping and experimenting is so fruitful.

Social Sciences DPhil student, Trinity term 2021

I attended Career Design and Development in March this year - it was very informative and useful. I really enjoyed it, learning from you and the team at the team at Careers Service. To be honest, it was lifechanging, and helped me to think better about myself and where I want to go.

Medical Sciences DPhil student, Hilary term 2021

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