Posted in Coming up, Professional development and Identity, The job search

Coming Up: #ECRchat on ‘Planning your career’, 26 June 2014

The next live #ECRchat is 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 postdocs. During her time as an ECR she became a big convert to the ideas and tools involved in being strategic about a research career. Career planning is now an important part of the training she provides, both online and in workshops she is running in Australia and Europe. Kerstin blogs on her company’s website and can be also be found on Twitter @PostdocTraining and on LinkedIn.

#ECRchat topic 26th June 2014: ‘Planning Your Career’

How do you plan your career as an Early Career Researcher? Is it even possible to plan effectively, given the low success rates for funding applications and competition for jobs? How do you strategize for what can feel as random as a lightning strike – for example that elusive opportunity to win your next job and to move on from the transitional postdoc stage?

What steps do you need to take to be strategic and create a career plan that works for you, whether it is within academia or beyond? What are good tools to use and who do you turn to for help with planning? How do you deal with set-backs and road blocks that threaten to ruin your plans? And do you have a ‘plan B’ in case ‘plan A’ does not work out?

Come and share your experiences and thoughts, and hear from others on this topic at the #ECRchat on Thursday 26 June, 8pm UK time (BST).

I look forward to hearing from you!



Postdoc in psychology and cognitive neuroscience, researching visual word recognition. Likes MEG, TMS, fMRI, reading, waffles, and motorbiking.

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