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What does it take to become a successful academic? June 30, 2010

Posted by qmresearchers in Academic Careers.

For many Early Career Researchers, their natural goal is to aim ultimately for an academic position. What does one need to do now to stand a good chance of securing a tenured academic position?

Vitae offer some useful advice on this subject. The bad news is that up to 90% of researchers who want to get into academia will have to give up their attempt sooner or later!

The article then offers some advice and comments on how to ensure that you are in the 10% that do succeed. In essence the key factors that will aid your progress are:

  • Luck!
  • An ability to build relationships with well-connected people.
  • A deep, obsessive passion for your research…perhaps, even to the exclusion of everything else in your life!
  • Papers i.e. a good publication record.
  • Experience of teaching….most lectureships will require you to teach. If you want to ‘just do research’ it may be time for a reality check.
  • Being able to simultaneously pursue your project work as well as your own personal research.

Click here to read the article in full.



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