Managing your Academic Career

Managing your Academic Career is an interactive one-day programme specifically for women working in academia

Designed by WISE (formerly UKRC) and Vitae, it may be of particular interest to institutions aiming for gender equality awards such as Athena Swan.

 Managing your Academic Career


Managing your academic career is aimed at women in the early-mid career stages and those who are returning from a career break. It enables women to consider and plan the next stages of their career and identify successful strategies for their development. It provides a facilitated discussion forum to enable women to tackle a wide range of career issues in a positive environment and to set personal goals.

The programme supports the implementation of principles 4-6 of the UK Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers by highlighting the importance of ensuring that researchers proactively engage in their own personal and career development and through the promotion of diversity and equality in the career management of researchers.

The programme

The programme provides an opportunity to examine existing skills, networks and preferences so that participants can progress their careers. Specifically it enables participants to:

  • assess their current skills and identify areas for personal development
  • consider the notion of work-life balance and how this can be achieved
  • consider the need for profile raising and reputation building
  • hold confident conversations around ambitions and goals
  • understand how to market themselves through a CV
  • make new contacts and practise networking skills
  • set personal goals.

 Managing your Academic Career other

Managing your academic career has been written by Janet Wilkinson, Three Times Three Consulting. It has been piloted at the University of Reading, Glasgow Caledonian University and the University of Manchester.

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