Research staff at Queen’s have some difficult choices to make;
- pursue a purely research based career, with all the uncertainties of short term contracts
- develop teaching and administration skills so as to apply for a lectureship at some point
- move out of academia entirely and seek fulfilling work in some other sphere.
Whatever pathway you choose, there is help available. This takes two forms which can be viewed as complementary:
Career Development Courses
The courses are intended to provide practical guidance for research staff, whatever stage in your career you may be at. The emphasis throughout the courses is on informality, with plenty of opportunity for questions and discussion. For an up-to-date list see click on Workshops on the site menu.
The concept of coaching recognises that you want to be in control of your own career and the careers adviser/coach is there in a support role. You can arrange to meet at a time that is convenient for you, to discuss any issues that you need to resolve in order to move your career forward. Some issues you might find a career coaching approach useful with include –
- Planning your research career
- Exploring alternatives to research
- Designing your CV
- Preparing for job interviews
- Choosing between job offers