August 1st’s chat is hosted by @ImperialPDC (Imperial College London’s Postdoc Development Centre), represented by Postdoc Adviser (and former humanities researcher) Rachel Walls. Rachel advises mainly science postdocs on professional development issues such as finding a fellowship or moving out of academia. Previously she was careers adviser for researchers at the University of Oxford. She completed her PhD at the University of Nottingham in 2011.
The next #ECRchat is about ‘changing track’ and by this we primarily mean changing direction in your research. Some people are forced to change direction in order to find a job, while others chose to because of their evolving interests. Some academics even recommend changing direction every few years as a way of keeping fresh, but doing so is not without its challenges.
As a result, this chat is an opportunity to consider questions such as: Have you changed track in any way since your PhD? Have you taken a postdoc in a new area? Were you keen to change direction after your PhD? Are you considering changing track in order to broaden your options or take advantage of a ‘sexier’ area of research?
In your experience, what are the advantages of changing track? What are the challenges? How did you overcome these challenges?
Hopefully this discussion will give people some food for thought whether or not they have changed track or are thinking of doing so, plus some ideas on how to make it more manageable if you do go ahead and make a change.
Look forward to hearing from you!
#ECRchat will be here at the usual time on August 1st. That’s 11:00-12:00 in the UK (BST), 12:00-13:00 in Europe (CEST), and 20:00-21:00 in Australia (EST).