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Dear EMCR Self

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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.

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

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