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The easiest ways to manage your career

Managing our careers can seem difficult – finding the time, having to do it alone, even deciding where to start.  The IAD Careers Support Team (Eleanor and Darcey) understands this, so we’ve put together a programme and bank of resources to make it easy for you in the new academic year.

As you’ll see, you don’t have to start from scratch, you don’t have to do it alone, and while we can’t create time for you – we’ve gathered together resources to make the best of the time you have to manage your career.

Only have 10 minutes?

  • Try one of our online microworkshops
  • Browse the careers category on this blog. We’ve just started a diverse career paths category which we will be updating frequently with information and advice on a wide variety of career options available to researchers
  • Check out a career case study video – even if you’re not interested in a particular career area, it can be helpful to understand the actions people took to achieve their goals, and the resources they used to help them

Only have 20 minutes?

  • Take some time to browse our Career Management resources. Note down 3 or 4 that seem most relevant to you for the next 4 months, and then create an action plan to tick them off your list
  • Try doing the above with a colleague so that you can keep your motivation going, and have someone to talk things over with
  • Or use it as preparation for a Career Development Consultation (see below)

Only have 30 minutes?

  • A skills audit is a great way to take stock of achievements and boost confidence, as well as motivate continuing development
  • Peruse our Career Management guide to draft a personalised career management plan
  • Book a 1:1 Career Development Consultation with a professional careers consultant, either Darcey or Eleanor, to discuss your personal situation

Have a little longer?

  • Use our comprehensive guide to Thriving in Your Research Position as a long term resource to proactively manage your research career in your present position, and to prepare for progression
  • Come to any one of our online or face-to-face workshops to learn more about various aspects of career management. These are facilitated by Darcey or Eleanor, and also enable you to draw on the diverse experiences and insights of your peers

Thank you for reading and we look forward to supporting your careers!



(Give yourself, and your career, a treat. Photo: Nathan Dumlao: Unsplash)

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