Vitae Live Q&A – New Year’s Goals: Successful career planning for researchers

Career opportunities for researchers cover a wide range of sectors including higher education; manufacturing; finance; business and IT; health; and public administration. Recent trends demonstrate that most researchers will go on to pursue a career beyond academic research or teaching. So how do you decide which career to embrace? How do you find out which career would suit your strengths, values and interests? Finally, how do you plan to make that happen?

On the 18th January at 2pm (UK Time), Vitae will be running a live YouTube Q&A to explore the following questions:

  • How do you realise what strengths and talents you have?
  • What kinds of career paths do researchers follow?
  • How do you make a career development plan?
  • Which qualifications and experience are required for various careers?

If you are interested in taking part in the live Q&A session, you should log into Vitae’s website and then go back to their website on 18 January 2017 to watch:

Have a question that you would like Vitae to consider during the Q&A? Email it to or tweet Vitae using #vitaehangout.

Career Planning for Research Bioscientists – new book

Last week I attended the launch for this book, written by Dr Sarah Blackford from the Society for Experimental Biology.  It looks so useful that we will be buying two copies, one for the library at the Strand and one for our Guy’s office.

With information, resources, case studies, CV advice and career planning strategies, this looks like a really helpful guide.  Take a look at Sarah’s FB page or look at the website for the book to find out more (there is a ‘companion site’ for students with some available material).  Or, come and read the book when we’ve bought it!