M‌anaging Your Career

Discussions of your professional and career development should normally form part of the research supervision process and be discussed in your Professional Development Review. Whether you plan to stay in academia or not, you should have some idea of where you want your career to go.

To find out about the University's commitment to and planning around the support and management of research careers, visit the HR Excellence in Research pages.

To help you with managing your career, there are a number of useful resources shown below, that might help you with planning your career. 

External Resources

Vitae - A number of career development resources. The Career-Wise Researcher provides some helpful support and resources. 

Agcas – University Researchers and the Job Market - A practical career development resource for research staff. 

An Academic Career - Developed for University of Manchester staff, the Academic Career website gives an idea of what an academic career is like. Filled with helpful videos and information, it helps you consider whether an academic career is for you.

Apprise – Preparing for Academic Practice - Developed by University of Oxford, The Apprise website is aimed at those in the early stages of developing a career beyond their PhD , giving opportunities to reflect on your academic practice.

Author Aid - a free pioneering global network that provides support, mentoring, resources and training for researchers in low and middle income countries.

Elsevier - Career development resources for researchers, including a number of helpful career planning videos.

Options outside Academia

Postdoc Career Development Initiative - This article offers career ideas and inspiration for those with PhDs who are thinking of leaving academia.
Anumber of resources for Researchers, and a Role Models section that you might find interesting. 

Beyond the Professoriate - Whether you aspire to work on the tenure-track or are changing careers entirely after years of academic study.

Prospects Planner - An online career planner.

Science Careers - A helpful careers section ‘A Research Career in Focus’ article, useful tools & tips, and a regular blog.