Focus on planning ahead to manage your career
At the start of the academic year it is easy to think the end is far away, but planning and owning your career takes time. Do you know where you need to be by the end of this year, in order to get to where you want to be in 2, 5, 10 years’ time? It is important to start with the end in mind in order to know what the next steps are and be ready and flexible for when unexpected opportunities come your way.
“Chance favours the prepared mind“ – Louis Pasteur
Whether you are just starting out or already juggling many balls; browse our advice, guidance and tools to help you.This ‘focus on’ is designed to help you think through your career options, understand yourself, and connect with other researchers at varying stages of their career in order to be focused and efficient in your approach to your professional development and career planning.
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See our full listing of focus on topics for Vitae members.
Vitae researcher career stories. A searchable collection illustrating the range of careers that people with a research training go on to do
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- first considerations
- managing the process
- case study
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- Collegiality, mentoring, influence, leadership and collaboration in research
- Finding a mentor: see tip 7 on this blog post or our sheet with advice from academics
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