Dear EMCR Self

What advice would world-leading academics give their EMCR selves?

One of the best things about a career in academia is that you get to work with some of the smartest people in the world. As serendipity would have it, I’ve found that most of those people are also incredibly generous with their time, energy, ideas and mentorship. This month’s post is proof. I recently gave a shout out to around 20 of my favourite colleagues, all highly successful academic leaders doing amazing things in their careers. I asked them to consider, if they could go back in time, with the benefit of hindsight, what advice they would give to their early-mid career selves. Collating the responses, I was not only enormously inspired, but also touched by the genuine thoughtfulness and kindness with which they were prepared. To my contributors, heartfelt thanks for your wise words, and for the outstanding examples that you set. To my early-mid career colleagues, I hope you enjoy reading these as much as I did.

Johannes Brug - 13

David Crawford's quote - 1

Ilse De Bourdeaudhuij - 7

Russ Jago - 3

Bob new

Ralph Maddison - 4

Gita Mishra - 19

Philip Morgan - 14

Marie Murphy - 8

Nanette Mutrie - 16

Ron Plotnikoff - corrected

Martine Powell - 18

Lynn Riddell - 6Jo Salmon - 5Ingrid Scheffer - 11Chris Semsarian 2

Anna Timperio - 17Frank van Lenthe - 9

Tony Worsley - 15

(I am very grateful to my wonderfully creative Research Fellow, Dr Lena Stephens, for illustrating this post!)

Act Now

  • Let me know, by commenting below or on Twitter, which of these tips resonate most with you, and why? Or what’s your own favourite piece of advice you’ve received from a respected mentor?
  • Please help maximise the value of the generosity all of this post’s contributors have extended by sharing it with other EMCRs.




6 thoughts on “Dear EMCR Self

  1. Thanks, Kylie and Lena. I like Prof Jago’s advice to celebrate every victory. The disappointments make themselves felt well enough without any more help from us.
    I’ve queued this to go out to the @ResearchWhisper network.

    Thanks for your work on this. Only someone senior like yourself could pull this together so effectively.



    • Thanks Jonathan, I agree celebrating every success is paramount – at times they feel few and far between! And thanks for the kind words and queuing for @ResearchWhisper, as well as for all you do for EMCRs.


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