Guest post – Advice on the defence and security sector

Sam Cranny-Evans is a graduate of the School of History, and works as a defence industry analyst with IHS Jane’s (you can read his graduate profile here).

Sam has given a number of talks for the School in the past on how to apply your research skills to a future career, and on the work he has done for Jane’s. Below, Sam has set out his advice for anyone interested in a career in the defence, security, and open intelligence sector.

Your future career

There are a few things I would encourage you to remember, regardless of what career you would like to have:

  • A path to your dream job may not be straightforward. I was a chef, before becoming a personnel trainer, then a data analyst and finally ending up where I am now. Don’t be disheartened if it feels like you aren’t progressing in the right direction.
  • You may have to build ancillary skills (data analysis, for instance) but you have the ability to do this – if you can study for a degree, you will have the skills you need to acquired other skills.
  • It is likely that you will have to work for not very much money at the start. This is quite normal, and if your goal is to have a job that you enjoy then it is to be expected.

Jobs in the defence sector

There are lots of places to apply to – many of the organisations below offer internships and entry-level jobs:

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Postgraduate Studentships PhD Funding Fair

Wednesday 5th December 2018, Central London

The Fair is your opportunity to meet and talk with representatives from some of the top UK universities. All of the universities present at the Fair have PhD funding opportunities to offer and are looking for the best students.

As this is a specialist Fair, there are limited spaces in both the morning and afternoon sessions. In order to attend, you will need to have applied, been accepted, and have received a personal invitation to the Fair. Click here to register to attend.

Professional Opportunities for Postgraduates

The Graduate School and Kent Innovation and Enterprise have collaborated to launch a work placement scheme for postgraduates in the 2017/18 academic year. Professional Opportunities for Postgraduates (POP) will enable postgraduate researchers to:

  • Undertake a full or part time opportunity working with a business or organisation
  • Bring their expertise to a discrete project or problem
  • Extend their skills, knowledge and experience in a commercial environment
  • Take part in a programme supporting knowledge transfer and University-business engagement

The first deadline for applications is 14th February at 12.00pm. If you are interested in applying, contact with any questions, and visit the webpage for more information:

Paid work: Student Research Assistant with Dr Andrew Cohen

school-of-history-uok-logoThe School of History is seeking to appoint a Student Research Assistant to support Dr Andrew Cohen with his research project, ‘’Labour Migration and Labour Relations in South and southern Africa, c.1900-2000’.

The successful applicant will join Dr Cohen and another Student Research Assistant on this project, and will be expected to undertake a variety of tasks, including:

  • The cataloguing of research materials
  • Obtaining research materials from archives
  • Support for the organisation of conference and other research events
  • Digitisation of records and other sources
  • Support for editorial work (standardising footnotes etc.)
  • Undertaking basic research tasks

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Volunteering – Researching women in the First World War

The Big Ideas Company is looking for a researcher to work for a short time (between 4 – 5 days) to undertake research into women in the First World War.

The researcher will produce research into inspirational stories of twenty-five women during the First World War, including making in-depth case studies into three women.  This list should include women from the UK and overseas, and should also include archive images of the researched women, and women’s activity during the First World War.  The Big Ideas Company need this information to be delivered by Tuesday 8 January 2018.

If you have an interest in women during the First World War and are interested in applying for this role, please email

Dissertation project with Street Child

Street Child is a development charity working in parts of Africa, and is offering a unique opportunity to combine research for your dissertation with travel and volunteering. If you think your dissertation might suit this opportunity, please contact your supervisor to discuss how to make the most of this opportunity.

Want to make your dissertation stand out and make yourself more employable?

Conduct your primary/secondary research with an education based charity in West Africa or South Asia!

STREET CHILD is seeking applications from motivated individuals hoping to gain valuable experience in the development sector by undertaking a volunteer role in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Nepal or Sri Lanka.

As part of the role, we are offering a unique opportunity to students looking to explore the scope of their own dissertation projects. Use bespoke methodologies to conduct research on the ground for your dissertation, in collaboration with local partner organisations. In addition to this you will also have exclusive access to previous research by Street Child.

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