The Careers Service have just launched their on-line academic toolkit which is intended to help PhD students and early career researchers to get a better understanding of what an academic career entails, how to get one and how to succeed in one.
The website is open to all researchers, whether they are at Manchester or elsewhere, and covers all disciplines. It tries to answer many of the questions careers advisers have received from postgraduates, post-doctoral research and teaching staff (and undergraduates) about how to make it as an academic.
Recognising that these questions are often different depending on where you are in your career, there is a choice of three different entry points to “Is an academic career for you?”.
“About academic careers” features academics’ views of their work, how to become an academic, a detailed section for those at doctoral level and beyond, and a range of real life academic career stories.
If you’re at the stage of looking for post-doctoral posts or academic jobs, there are sections on “Finding jobs”, “Making applications” and “Interviews and assessment”.
Throughout the site there are video clips of academics and early career researchers, and much of the site has been developed from interviews with academics, feedback from researchers and many years of listening to academics talking about their work and their careers.
To take a look go to www.manchester.ac.uk/academiccareer