My colleague Darcey Gillie and I delivered a workshop today on what you need to succeed in an academic career in the Humanities and Social Sciences. This was a re-run of the workshop we did back in October due to demand from students. As before, I’m attaching the slides from the presentation here as well as feedback from our discussions.
We started out by asking students what an academic career means to them. Students focused on the freedom to pursue research interests in an intellectually rewarding environment and the chance to share knowledge. The full list of what they said is below:
We also discussed what an academic really does and what emerged was the importance of good organisational skills and time management to cope with the huge range of tasks and responsibilities within an academic career. Discussions also picked up on the fact that the balance of tasks may vary depending on your exact role (e.g. lecturer, research fellow, teaching fellow) the type of institution you are working at (is it more teaching- or research- focused? does it offer many research degrees?) and any management or administrative responsibilities you may have (e.g. head of undergraduate teaching, dean of research, chair of student admissions committee).
Students also spent time assessing the skills and experience that would make them stand out for an academic job and sharing ideas about how to fill gaps in experience. To see the ideas they came up with go to the document below.
If you would like to discuss any aspects of planning academic career further please make an appointment to speak to a careers adviser. To find out how go to talk to an adviser.