Career paths

The doctorate must be part of the candidate's professional project.

Possible career paths

The possible careers for PhDs are very diversified. In all fields, today's world is facing numerous challenges for which new approaches must be invented, explored or developed. Doctors, through their experience in conducting a research project, have acquired the ability to tackle complex problems, to manage uncertainty, to apprehend a large number of actors with diverse expectations, to act in changing environments, etc.

Thanks to their skills, PhDs are highly qualified professionals capable of disseminating the practice of research, innovation and knowledge transmission throughout the socio-economic fabric, in France and abroad, in the public, private and associative sectors, from start-ups to multinational companies, as well as public administrations and international NGOs.

The field of possibilities is very open, but this does not mean that pursuing a career after a doctorate is without pitfalls. The first key to success lies in a well-thought-out professional project, based on a good knowledge of the job market in its fields of activity.

Examples of possible career paths

  •         Post-doctorate
  •         Research engineer
  •         Teaching
  •         Creation of a company


The University Bretagne Loire Monitoring Centre

The Université Bretagne Loire Monitoring Centre carries out yearly surveys to monitor the career paths of PhD holders 1 and 3 years following their thesis defence.

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