Failure to plan is a plan to fail
Much like an intrepid explorer, you’re in the early stages of your career journey and need to make an informed decision about the best direction for your early research career.
To get you this far you’ve probably relied on your passion, hard work, persistence, creativity and willingness to try new things. There was a time when a doctorate would take you through the rest of your career journey. Not any more. It’s fiercely competitive out there.
Interestingly, today’s research landscape provides a wealth of information resources, analysis tools, collaborative networks and facilities. Yet at the same time there’s a stark increase in competition, especially for job and funding opportunities.
With as many potential pitfalls as there are opportunities, getting an academic career on the right road to success can be a daunting challenge. Unless you have the right plan. One that works on several important activities that complement your research record.
Without a plan that helps mentor and guide you, the risk is that you make unnecessary career detours and be invisible to your peers in the undergrowth of the unplanned career journey.
Elsevier's newly revised “Charting a Course for a Successful Research Career” is a crash course of practical advice on how to plan your career. Written by 30-year research veteran Professor Alan Johnson, this free mentoring booklet—used as a resource in many workshops around the world— provides a detailed map of the important milestones you should reach along the path to a successful research career.
Rich in advice on the do’s and the don’ts along your career path, it shows you the benefits of working smarter, not harder. You’ll learn to make informed decisions, define your goals and measure your success. It also talks about how to make a realistic plan to get where you want to be in 5–10 years.
The booklet provides wide-ranging topics from planning your career to preparing a grant funding application, to selecting a research discipline, supervisor and mentor. It also discuses the importance of getting recognized for the work you do, how to publish research – thinking about this early on is essential – and where to publish.