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:
- What do group leaders/professors spend their time on?
- Is becoming a group leader/professor the only permanent career option?
- What is the difference between being a student/postdoc and being a professor/group leader?
- Which skills do I need as a group leader? Which ones do I need to improve?
- Is my publication record the only metric that matters?
- How do scientific career positions differ at different types of universities and research institutions?
- How do academic systems work in the countries relevant to you?
- What type of faculty jobs should I consider?
- Which types of institutions should I explore?
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?
Skills you need to acquire as a researcher:
jobs.ac.uk ebooks and toolkits for academic positions throughout Europe: