Follow up to planning an academic career session

Research student careers blog

academic_careersMy colleague Darcey Gillie and I facilitated a 2-part workshop this week and last with research students called Planning an Academic Career.  If you were there you’ll know the workshops were aimed at helping students to understand what it takes to succeed in an academic career and how to approach academic job hunting and applications.  There was a lot of lively debate and discussion which we said we’d share on this blog and may be of use even if you weren’t at the workshops.

We started out by asking students what an academic career means to them. Students focused on the freedom to pursue academic interests and to enthuse others about their subject, but there was some concern about the lack of a clear career path as the quotes below illustrate.

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