Reflecting academic careers

Many researchers in training consider the academic career path as default. At IST, we encourage you to look at a variety of careers first and then decide for a path that fits you best. The academic career might be the obvious option. The question is whether it will be the best option for you.

When you are exploring academic careers, the following questions may help you:

Understanding the answers to these questions will help you find out where you will thrive, focus on building necessary skills, and apply strategically for the jobs you want.

It is important to ask these questions, but it is equally important not to get stuck on superficial answers or even prejudices you might have. What evidence do you have that supportsyour impressions?

Further resources:

Getting Academic Positions (for computer scientists):

Effective self-management for early career researchers:

Skills you need to acquire as a researcher: ebooks and toolkits for academic positions throughout Europe:

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