All Careers Advice

  • Artificial Intelligence is one of the ‘hot topics’ in science; recently, Tesla’s Elon Musk announced he was beginning a new venture, Neuralink, to “merge the human brain with AI”. But apart from visions of cyborgs dancing the heads of science fiction writers, what are the implications of Artific...
  • Public sector research positions are available in a wide range of institutes that are sponsored or owned by the government. If you’re looking to transition to this sector from academia you may have questions that need answering. Where do you work? How does working in the public sector differ fro...
  • In a continuation of our recent article series on research outside academia, we talk to Dr. Chris Langmead about his diverse and successful career in drug discovery. Chris highlights the convergence between academia and industry over the past decades and the increased career opportunities he's en...
  • These days, an MBA is perceived as a vital qualification for advancing one’s career; what is the role of the modern MBA? What skills beyond this degree are key to success in the future workplace? To get answers to these questions, we spoke to Andy Bayley, the Programme Director for Loughborough ...
  • As an early career researcher, having completed your PhD., or first postdoctoral position, you may be passionate about working in a research environment. However, what if you’re not convinced that academia is the right career setting for you? In this article, we will give you a practical insight ...
  • With a shortfall of entry-level positions in academia, many doctorate holders may choose to, or need to look elsewhere for employment after completing their studies. There is often a disparity seen between the amount of faculty career support given to making undergraduates ready for the wider job...
  • As an academic, the joint commitments of teaching and research can often feel at odds with one another. So how do you balance the two? What are the pros and cons of a role with little or no teaching responsibility? Can teaching enhance your career and also, serve to benefit your research?
  • “Brexit means Brexit” according to Prime Minister Theresa May; however, this statement masks a series of complex questions. For example, what will be the future relationship between the United Kingdom and European Union? Will Britain participate in European funding programmes such as Horizon 2020...
  • As an early career researcher, writing your first few papers in a scientific journal can seem like a daunting task. How do you balance writing for your highly specialized peers, with serving the needs of a wider scientific audience? Your first publications are critical to the next stage of your c...
  • Make a Career in Research is a growing community of like-minded individuals navigating the often-complicated career path of the researcher.
  • What’s the most productive way to structure your daily routine? Is it better to start early or work late into the night? Work steadily through the day or take lots of breaks? Here’s a look at how some of the great scientific minds planned their days.
  • What are the secrets to getting the most out of your work? How can you spend your time as productively as possible? How can you find solutions to your problems more efficiently? Follow in the footsteps of these great scientists, whose work has helped and is helping unlock the secrets of the unive...
  • The Young Physicists – Career Development group supports early career physicists in deciding on the next step in their career path. This forum covers discussions from junior to more senior level perspectives, within or outside academia. Join the group to find and share stories, thoughts, question...
  • There are a number of differences between preparing a CV, (sometimes known as a resumé), for a research-based post in academia or industry, versus conventional roles. We’ll explore some key distinctions and common universal principles to put into practice, in your preparation.
  • The 2 human priorities you cannot ignore when seeking to influence people understanding how to frame a problem is crucial, whether you’re writing proposals, negotiating deals, advancing change initiatives – any situation where you’re trying to influence others. Ken Sylvester, experienced negotiat...
  • In this article, intended for doctoral students and young scholars, Aijaz Shaikh, identifies common pitfalls and offer helpful solutions to prepare more impactful papers. With a key message being to take stock before you hit submit, he outlines how to improve the likelihood of getting your work p...
  • Up to 35% of manuscripts submitted are rejected by journals, even before they reach peer-review. Ensuring you have a well-structured article, an appropriate use of language and figures, all go a long way to mitigate this risk. Our handy infographic ‘quick guide’ covers a list of everything you ne...
  • Discover how blogging and the use of social media can be a vital tools as an academic researcher.  Learn why they’re an effective outlet for communicating research findings, announcing publications and writing about relevant research issues. As well as a how-to guide, the resource article explain...
  • This succinct guide serves as a reminder for things to look out for, at each stage of writing a paper...
  • Your time at university can make or break your future career – that’s according to Professor Rodney E. Rohde. In this piece, he draws on his 20+ years experience as as a university professor to proffer advice that you really need to take on board — to make your valuable time at college a success.