In speaking with lots of academics over the years about how they’ve achieved success in their fields, I’ve heard a remarkably similar theme repeated many times.
And it seems this recommendation for success is not unique to the academic world; apparently 70% of business owners who do this one thing will survive in business twice as long as those who don’t. In fact, highly successful business people including Sheryl Sandberg, Oprah Winfrey and Richard Branson all credit this one thing as being essential for “making it” in business, and in life generally. People who do it report greater job satisfaction, higher salaries and more likelihood of promotion.
What is the number one thing to which many successful academics and business people attribute their success?
Last month we talked about why you shouldn’t have a career plan (you should have two).
This month I’ll cover my 5-step actions to developing a career plan, and why it needs to be a ‘life’ plan.
Do you have a career plan?
One established wisdom often provided to Early and Mid-Career Researchers (EMCRs) is the importance of having a career plan. However, many EMCRs have told me they don’t have one. In fact, 48% of respondents to a UK Research Career Survey admitted to not having a career plan.
Why not? Here are some reasons I’ve heard for not having a career plan, and my responses: Continue reading
Early and mid-career researchers (EMCRs) have lots of problems, like these and these. And for a range of reasons, many are not getting the support they need to help them.
People with the power to help address this must do so, or we risk losing the talent of the next generation of researchers.
Recently I took on a new role in my Institute as Head of EMCR Development. As part of that role, I am creating a career development package of resources to help EMCRs navigate early academic life. And that inspired me to start this blog. Continue reading