- Overview of the career clusters
- Expectation setting
- An introduction to each career cluster
- Formats of employer engagement
- Types of questions and general learning points
- How the career clusters relate to other portal resources
- How you could use the career clusters at your institution
- Pitfalls, misunderstandings and frequently asked questions
- Example interview questions
- Advanced Manufacturing and Materials
Advanced manufacturing is any form of manufacturing that uses advanced methods to make manufacturing processes more flexible, efficient and competitive. Advanced materials use computer-aided design and robotics to pioneer the discovery, development and application of new materials.
- Creative and Cultural Industries
This cluster encompasses art, culture, heritage and entertainment. It includes the games industry, advertising, fashion, textiles, music and architecture. Galleries, libraries, archives and museums also fall within this cluster.
- Higher Education and Publishing
Many postdocs who move beyond academic research remain in research-related fields in HEIs. This includes research programme management, intellectual property, commercialisation of research and external engagement. Another route is to start a career in specialised academic publishing. Some representative examples can be found in this cluster.
- Environment and Energy
Sustainability is a critical area of employment, exacerbated by our need to reduce carbon emissions and address climate change. Careers can be found in private sector organisations, regulators and government agencies. This cluster includes sectors as diverse as conservation, renewable energy, water, utilities, oil and gas, electrical and nuclear power.
- Financial, Business and Professional Services
This cluster includes areas such as banking and consultancy, as well as legal services such as intellectual property law and patenting. It includes both large and small organisations. Each of these areas can be businesses in their own right, or form part of a larger organisation. For example, you could work in the finance department of a biotechnology company. Management consultancy is also an option, and this could be for a large multinational corporation or in a smaller boutique firm.
- Food and Agriculture
Food security is a major challenge, and this cluster looks at different organisations that operate in this space. This includes food production in the form of agri-tech companies and food security including government agencies and regulators. It also includes food manufacturers and waste management organisations.
- Government and Non-profit
This cluster includes a range of opportunities in the public and third sectors. For example, the civil service, central and local government, charities and foundations, international development organisations, non-governmental organisations and think tanks. Roles are not limited to policy, they might include communications and public relations, project management or consultancy roles requiring sector-specific knowledge.
- Health and Care
Organisations included in this cluster are principally those that deliver services, programmes and research seeking to improve public health. Employers include large health and care employers such as the NHS, local government and international funders of global health improvement programmes. There are particular overlaps with the Life Sciences and Pharmaceuticals career cluster.
- ICT and Digital Technology
This cluster includes organisations like the large tech giants who are developing new technologies, but also other organisations that are implementing these technologies. We have worked with several large organisations but also some smaller organisations looking at accessibility to technology. In this cluster, technical ability is in high demand but so is an ability to understand potential commercial and social implications and communicate this to different audiences.
- Life Sciences and Pharmaceuticals
This cluster includes organisations in the following sectors: biotechnology, medical technology, medical devices and pharmaceuticals. It includes opportunities in research and development, but also in commercial functions, project management, medical communications and in medical and regulatory affairs.
- Transport Systems
The UK aims to be a world leader in the future of mobility by dramatically cutting carbon emissions. This implies growth in various industries associated with transport systems. This cluster includes the aerospace and automotive industries, water transport, public transport, supply chains and logistics. It also includes government departments, such as the Department for Transport.
- Start-ups and Entrepreneurship
In this cluster, several individuals talk to us about their experience setting up their own businesses. They give tips and advice on how to start up, what they have learned, the challenges and the rewards. These encompass a broad range of different sectors and include a few individuals who have started their own consultancy businesses.