Some people are fortunate to have a clear sense of their 'career trajectory' and need very little assistance in shaping or realising their goals. For most, the reality is very different; a career evolves from a series of choices, events, decisions and may change in response to need or circumstance.
What are your options?
Broadly speaking you can consider an academic career or moving beyond academia to consider other research roles, opportunities to use your specialist knowledge or perhaps changing direction altogether.
Find out more:
Every department has a linked Senior Careers Consultant with whom you can book an appointment. A careers discussion can help you put your thoughts in order and define what you might need to do next, including suggestions of other useful resources where appropriate.
Although these are not recent publications, much of the material may still be useful.
- Moving on in Your Career, a guide for academic researchers and postgraduates - Ali, L and Graham, B., Routledge Falmer, 2000*
- Managing your Academic Career - Grant, W., Palgrave Macmillan, 2006*
* These titles are on the Library catalogue (Encore).