There is often a great deal of uncertainty in the early stages of an academic career before a permanent position is achieved (which may take five years or more). With this in mind, those interested in pursuing an academic career will benefit from the following: a dedication to their subject; resilience in the face of a tough job market; confidence to deal with criticism; and stamina in the face of heavy demands especially in the early stages of a career. At PhACE we help you to make your choice about an academic career by inviting speakers who are successful in this field and are willing to share their experiences with our students. They are not exemplary paths to an academic career, but rather demonstrate how people with different personalities, priorities and attitudes have negotiated the academic job market with varying degrees of success. These lectures will also help you think about what is involved in working towards an academic career and whether or not this is the path you want to take after your PhD.
Tipping points on the academic path