As host of a recent live Twitter chat via #ECRchat on “How to Develop a Career Exit Strategy”, I challenged early-career researchers to think about the question, “What you would do if your research position would unexpectedly end in a few months?” In order to avoid panicking and taking the first position that comes your way, an exit career strategy can be deployed while refocusing efforts on your ultimate career goals.
A career exit strategy is defined as short-term career plan (one to two years) to maintain one’s professional life during a transition period. Most of the chat participants were interested in developing an exit strategy because their temporary research position was ending soon or their career goals were focused on academia where the number of open positions is limited.
We discussed a wide range of exit strategy options, including adjunct teaching, writing and consulting gigs. We further brainstormed on activities (e.g., taking online courses and volunteering) that could be done during transition periods to build skills and maintain a professional presence. Financial responsibility in keeping some savings tucked away as a buffer was also emphasized.
In the end, the take-home message was to always be prepared for a career transition, stay focused and keep moving forward. A summary of the Twitter chat can found in the Storify “How to Develop a Career Exit Strategy”. Feel free to reach out to me on Twitter (@science_mentor) or contact me if you are interested in further chatting about this topic.
These events are brought to you by RiAus (@RiAus) an Adelaide-based series of ECR-specific events, covering professional development and career topics specifically for early career researchers.
The first set of videos are from the ECR Network’s Grant Writing Workshop and are well worth a watch for all budding granting writing stars!
ECR Network Grant Writing Workshop Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zG6RwGAvvbQ
ECR Network Grant Writing Workshop Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6UopHi2Y8k
ECR Network Grant Writing Workshop Part 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5p22rDRMY0
The final video comes from the ECR Network event on Understanding The Political Framework For Research
You can find out more about these and other ECR Network events on their webpage, including how to attend the events in person (if you are lucky enough to be within travelling distance of Adelaide).
The next ECR Network event will be held on 30th October on research independence. Tickets are still available, or catch the live stream on Twitter at #ECRchat
The next live #ECRchat is Thursday 16th October at 20:00-21:00 in the UK (BST), which is 21:00-22:00 in Europe (CEST) and 15:00-16:00 in New York (EDT). This chat will be hosted by Charlotte Mathieson (@cemathieson)
This week’s chat will be on the topic of postdoctoral fellowships and funding schemes. It’s approaching the time of year when many will be getting postdoc applications underway – often in the knowledge that such schemes are fiercely competitive. In this chat we can discuss the various schemes available, what happens in the application process and how to strengthen your application, dealing with the high rejection rate and building on feedback, and any other issues you’d like to raise or questions you may have.
Charlotte Mathieson (@cemathieson) is a Research Fellow at the University of Warwick’s Institute of Advanced Study. She researches and teaches Victorian literature and culture, having completed her PhD in Warwick’s Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies in 2011. In her position at the IAS she is responsible for projects supporting early career researchers in their career development, as well as public engagement activities. Charlotte blogs about her research on her website, and more about her work at the IAS can be found here.
The next live #ECRchat is Thursday 2 October at 11:00-12:00 in the UK (BST), 12:00-13:00 in Europe (CEST), 20:00 in Sydney (AEST). This chat will be hosted by Kerstin Fritsches (@postdoctraining)
You hear it a lot: “researchers need to develop transferrable skills” – but what exactly are transferrable skills and which ones do you need for careers within academia and outside? How do you go about developing these skills and demonstrate to prospective employers that you have them?
Join us for the live #ECR chat on Thursday 2nd October to find out and share your thoughts on the subject.
This #ECRchat will be hosted by Kerstin Fritsches. After a 12-year research career in neuroscience, Kerstin now runs PostdocTraining, an independent organisation specialising in career development training and mentoring for early career researchers around the world. Kerstin blogs on her company’s website www.postdoctraining.com and can be also be found on Twitter @PostdocTraining and on LinkedIn.
The next live chat is Thursday 18th September 2014 at 20:00-21:00 in the UK (BST), which is 21:00-22:00 in Europe (CEST) and 15:00-16:00 in New York (EDT). This chat will be hosted by Katie Wheat (@KL_Wheat).
#ECRchat Anything Goes!
Today’s #ECRchat is a return of the ‘ask #ECRchat anything’ format.
Is there something that has been bugging you lately? Do you have a burning question that your ECR peers might be able to help with? Are there ECR issues that you feel we haven’t discussed recently?
Bring your questions, advice, or something you would like to get off your chest; anything goes!
See you then!