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Career development contents. Why focus on professional development? As a researcher you are already committed to enquiry through your research.

Why focus on professional development?

Professional development extends this process to your own skills, understanding, aptitudes and ambitions. Development as a professional involves more than building your research profile and research skills. Broader professional development is becoming increasingly significant as employers look for researchers who can ‘add value’ to their organisations. A competitive edge Competition for posts and use of short-term contracts mean that researchers, along with other professionals, have to be flexible and adaptable about what they can do. Vitae researcher booklets. Practical advice and tips tailored to researchers on topics chosen to support professional development.

Vitae researcher booklets

Each booklet includes advice and suggested exercises to work through. ‘These booklets make a great read while I'm commuting to work - in only 10 minutes of a read I've been left inspired to action some of the tips provided in my day-to-day work' Researcher, UCL There are eight titles in the series The researcher on placement: a guide to gaining work experience outside academia The Enterprising Researcher: analyse and develop your enterprising abilities. Focus on planning ahead to manage your career. At the start of the academic year it is easy to think the end is far away, but planning and owning your career takes time.

Focus on planning ahead to manage your career

Do you know where you need to be by the end of this year, in order to get to where you want to be in 2, 5, 10 years’ time? It is important to start with the end in mind in order to know what the next steps are and be ready and flexible for when unexpected opportunities come your way. “Chance favours the prepared mind“ – Louis Pasteur Whether you are just starting out or already juggling many balls; browse our advice, guidance and tools to help you.This ‘focus on’ is designed to help you think through your career options, understand yourself, and connect with other researchers at varying stages of their career in order to be focused and efficient in your approach to your professional development and career planning.

Professional development planning. Training needs analysis A key part of your development as a researcher is to identify the development you require to enhance your skills.

Professional development planning

The first stage of this process is to audit your current skills and strengths and identify areas for development. 15 minutes to develop your research career. Create an action plan for your career development - quick tips. Action planning will help you to focus your ideas and decide what steps you need to take to achieve your goals and turn them into a plan, rather than a dream.

Create an action plan for your career development - quick tips

An action plan is a statement of what you want to achieve over a given period of time. The online Vitae Researcher Development Framework Professional Development Planner enables you to identify the areas you want to develop further. Use the following tips to get the most out of your action plan. Review where you are now Self-reflection features in sub-domain B1 of the Vitae Researcher Development Framework (RDF) . Downloads. Improving your employment opportunities.

Put yourself in the position to create and grasp opportunities.

Improving your employment opportunities

This page looks at how to improve employment opportunities by creating networks, raising your profile and gaining experience. How do researchers find jobs? What do researchers do? : Doctoral graduate destinations and impact three years on provides the following breakdown on how researchers found their jobs. 33% of respondents found out about their current job through professional, work or educational contacts and networking16% through personal contacts24% already worked for the organisation22% had seen their position advertised in newspapers20% had seen it on an employers website10% recruitment agency5% University careers service8% through other careers services6% speculative approach1% headhunted.

Professional development for researchers. About the Vitae Researcher Development Framework Planner. About the Vitae Researcher Development Framework Planner The Vitae RDF Planner is a web based application which organisations and individuals can use to map professional development using the Vitae Researcher Development Framework (RDF) Researchers can use the RDF Planner for professional development, to identify strengths, action plan, review achievements and create a portfolio of evidence.

About the Vitae Researcher Development Framework Planner

Through the RDF Planner organisations can direct researchers to suitable courses and development opportunities linked to the RDF. Researchers: how you can use the Vitae Researcher Development Framework. Do you want to make the most of your research and your career?

Researchers: how you can use the Vitae Researcher Development Framework

A variety of knowledge, behaviours and attributes are key to a successful career. Success means different things to different people. It’s up to you to decide what your priorities are, how you need to develop and how that can be achieved. Taking advantage of opportunities available to researchers. Careers - Information for postgraduates and beyond. A postgraduate degree in any aspect of microbiology prepares you for a career in research.

Careers - Information for postgraduates and beyond

It is important to start to think about your plans after your master's or PhD so that you can make the most of the ever-increasing options available to postgraduate students. Taking advantage of career-enhancing opportunities such as publishing your research, networking and presenting your research have direct benefits to your CV and will also help you to distinguish yourself as a professional scientist. During your doctorate: the middle phase. By now you will have settled in to your research and institution, mastered the techniques required to carry it out and formed a social network.

During your doctorate: the middle phase

There is some time left yet before you start racing through the final research stage and focus on pulling your research into a comprehensive thesis. This can easily be a time when you don’t notice how quickly time is going. Here are some tips on how to successfully and productively use this time. Raising your profile as a researcher. Researchers sometimes think that career opportunities will come to them through hard work and brilliance. However, researchers need to pursue and create career opportunities and sell themselves to potential employers like everyone else.

Your research only becomes valuable when it is presented at a conference or published through a journal. It is at this point that you start to articulate the implications of your research and to make a contribution to your discipline. A successful career in research is only open to those who are able to communicate effectively. The engaging researcher Vitae.

The value of networking as a researcher. How learned societies can help you - Into Biology. Learned Societies – a party worth joining – BioScience Careers. Comments such as these from reports of winners of the latest round of SEB travel grants made me wonder how many researchers and PhD students are aware of these types of benefits, widely available to them in the early stages of their careers. Many academic learned societies own journals, which earn quite substantial subscription income and, as charities, they return much of this money to their members and relevant disciplinary communities. Some of the biggest beneficiaries of these returns are early career researchers and students, who can apply for all sorts of awards and receive considerable discounts on conferences. Learned societies – BioScience Careers. Learned societies are academic ‘clubs’ which specialise in a particular discipline, with a membership made up of people who share an interest in that subject.

Members can include academics, university researchers, people working in industry, postgraduate and undergraduate students, teachers and even school students and members of the public. Each learned society has its own set of rules on its membership reach, fees and benefits. There are dozens of bioscience learned societies in the world each with their own specialism. For example, the Society for Experimental Biology offers membership to animal, plant and cell biologists and limits its reach to academics, researchers and postgraduate students. LearnedSocieties. Access Denied - Research and Innovation Service. Email Networks. The guide for international researchers moving to the UK. The role of teaching in research. Work experience during your research.

Why do work experience? You might think that you already have enough to do with your research project, but work experience outside your employment sector or discipline could benefit you. Whether you plan to remain in academia or would like to explore career options outside your current experience, an internship or professional placement could help you: Placements outside academia Vitae Nov 2011. The researcher on placement Vitae 2015. Completing your doctorate. Moving on from being research staff. The majority of researchers will not carve out a whole career as a member of research staff.

In many countries, research staff or postdoc positions are predominately fixed term contracts and few institutions have research career tracks. Research staff need to look at the range of opportunities available to them to build their career. Here you will find resources useful for this next career step. Looking for jobs in higher education. Researcher profiles.