A new report from Vitae explores where Researchers get careers advice, what (formal and informal) career planning support is available to researchers, and the role that both professional and informal networks play. Some of the key points to emerge include:
- Researchers should be supported and trained to get the best possible help and support from those closest to them (eg colleagues, PIs, friends and family)
- Researchers experience specific barriers to using networking for career development including a lack of time, and a lack of confidence.
- Nevertheless, researchers should be encouraged to look to their wider network as sources of careers support and to take advantage of support mechanisms such as mentoring schemes, training courses and peer support groups if they are reluctant or novice networkers.
- Researchers should realise that career support and advice, a positive approach to networking and a large and well-spread network can all contribute to career satisfaction and have tangible career benefits.
You can read the full report here
In addition to that recent report, Vitae have also highlighted a couple of other resources that may be of benefit if you’re spending some time thinking about your career at the moment. In particular, you may want to take a look at Practical tips for effective career discussions at work which offers advice for getting the most out of your career planning conversations.