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Coming Up: How to Develop a Career Exit Strategy

The next live chat is Thursday 21 August at 20:00-21:00 in the UK (BST), 21:00-22:00 in Europe (CEST), 15:00 New York (EDT), which is Friday 07:00-08:00 in New Zealand (NZST).

How to Develop a Career Exit Strategy

Do you ever think about what you would do if your research position would unexpectedly end in a few months? With the volatile nature of research funding, early-career researchers need to plan ahead before they are left scrambling for another position and taking that first job offer that comes along, which may not be in line with your professional goals.

One way to prepare is to develop a career exit strategy — a short-term job, volunteer position or other activity — that would allow you to stay active in your professional field, while refocusing your efforts on your ultimate career goals.

In this chat, we will brainstorm on possible exit strategies, how to also use this exit strategy to further build skills and ways to keep looking forward during career transitions. For more information on the concept of a career exit strategy, read the following blog post by Donna Kridelbaugh in advance of the #ECRchat.

Host Biography

Donna Kridelbaugh (@science_mentor) holds an advanced degree in microbiology with over five years of postgraduate research and teaching experience in academic and government labs. Last year, she leaped over the institutional walls to start her own communications consulting business, providing writing, editing and career matchmaking services. In her spare time, she advocates for and writes about self-mentoring as a process for early-career professionals to learn how to be proactive and take charge of their own career management. This fall, she will also work for circus peanuts as an adjunct instructor but the value of expanding young minds is priceless. Learn more at http://ScienceMentor.Me.

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