Planning an academic career

academic_careersMy 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.

Planning an academic career – what you need to succeed updated Dec 2013

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:

An academic career means

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).

What does an academic do

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.

Ideas for filling the gaps

For more ideas see experience you need in the academic career section of our website and the assessment information on the Manchester academic career website.

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.

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