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University of Glasgow

Career Management for Early Career Academic Researchers

University of Glasgow , University of Edinburgh and The University of Sheffield via FutureLearn


Explore different career options and understand what you want from a career

Being an early career academic researcher, whether you’re a doctoral student or research staff, can be challenging: should you pursue further academic research? What skills will help you progress in an academic career? What other career options are open to you?

On this course you will answer these questions and more, considering how to manage you career and reflecting on what you want out of a career. You will be encouraged to consider different career options, both within and outside academic research, and build your confidence in marketing yourself in applications and interviews.

This course is for academic researchers - both postgraduate researchers (PhDs) and early career researchers (post-docs).


  • Making career plans
    • Welcome and introduction
    • Making career decisions: what do you want out of a career?
    • Moving forward
  • Exploring career options
    • What do researchers do?
    • What else could you do?
    • Putting it into practice: Exploring your career options in the real world
    • Moving forward
  • Careers in higher education
    • Introduction to week three
    • Academic career progression
    • Exploring professional careers in higher education
    • Conclusion
  • Job search and application process
    • How to find a job
    • The application process
    • Impressing at interview
    • What next?

Taught by

Katrina Gardner


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