Sarah Blackford is an independent career consultant, specializing in providing career support to postgraduates and postdoctoral researchers. Qualified with a master’s degree in career education and guidance in Higher Education and a member of the Career Development Institute (CDI) and Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS), Sarah delivers bespoke career development workshops aimed at supporting those who are looking to make a successful transition to the next stage of their career, whether within or outside of academia.
Training topics include essential career management skills such as self-analysis, job seeking strategies, familiarity with non-academic professions, making informed career choices, networking skills, CV writing and successful interview technique. Sarah also offers one-to-one coaching (face-to-face/phone or Skype) to those who prefer a more individualized intervention.
Having started her career in research at York University, followed by five years in scientific publishing, Sarah switched career paths into careers advisory work in Higher Education working as a careers adviser at Lancaster and Leeds University Career Services. For the past 20 years, she has been providing career coaching and guidance to PhD students and postdoctoral researchers, formalizing her experience with a master’s degree in careers education and guidance (Warwick University). Sarah’s work extends to the international level, as she delivers personal career development workshops and one-to-one coaching in universities and during conferences across Europe and in the US. Sarah believes that personal and professional career development are essential for PhD students and early career researchers to equip themselves for a competitive job market, whether they are aiming for a career within or outside of academia.
Founder of the network Careers Advisers supporting Researchers in Europe (CARE), Sarah has published several research papers and is author of the self-help book, ‘Career Planning for Research Bioscientists’. Much of her advice and resources are available on her blog www.biosciencecareers.org.