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Managing your career

The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can't find them, make them.
- George Bernard Shaw

Researcher contemplating her careerYou are under pressure to: deliver your research on time, to write papers, to be published, to present at conferences; to network; to supervise students, the list goes on and on. The last thing you have time for is to plan your career. However if you have the ambition to make it to the top in research then you need to plan your career in advance. If you aren't sure that academia is your future, you need to plan a change of career at least a year before your contract ends. This section gives you some options to help you manage your career.

You can use this Researcher Development Career Planner form to help you think about your career goals and identify the actions that you can take in order to achieve those goals. There are many opportunities that you can take in order to develop your skills and broaden your experience to further your career. Some of these opportunities are listed in the Research Staff Development Prompter, which you can use to discuss with your line manager/reviewer.

The University's process for performance and career management, Performance and Development Review (PDR), is available to you. Engaging in your PDR can be a valuable component in your career thinking, it can form the basis of your personal career plan. It is mandatory for Research Staff to have a PDR on an annual basis.

The many skills you develop in your work as a University researcher are valuable for your future employability. You can document new skills as you acquire them, and seek out new training and development opportunities. Vitae's Researcher Development Framework is a great resource to use to map your skills and work out how to develop them further

A wide range of information on planning your career can also be found on the Research Staff Careers section of the Careers, Placement and Experience web site.

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