Getting to the Next Stage of your Career

Written by Vicki Tipton, Careers Consultant, King’s Careers & Employability 

‘How do I get to the next stage of my career?’: it’s a question every researcher will chew over at various points: In the middle of a technical role or during a post-doc; or perhaps more persistently! The answer, however, will vary hugely for everyone and here’s why:

1. The next stage will differ for each individual researcher – some may be focussed on a permanent academic position, that first lectureship. For others it might be about gaining an in-between step – perhaps another post-doc which moves you closer to the kind of work you’d like to be doing or gives you more research responsibility.  Equally it could be about considering a move into another sector outside of HE or a new type of role.  In any case, moving up is likely to mean moving into a new role. If you’re still unsure which direction to head in, then do come and see one of the Careers Consultants who work with research staff, here at King’s for a confidential, impartial chat.

2. Each person’s roadmap for progression looks different – in order to move into that next step, researchers need to be very clear about the kind of things that will get them there. If you’re looking to secure a lectureship then an honest look at your list of publications, ability to pull money into an HEI, your teaching credentials and your work as a member of the academic community is vital to establish whether you need to put some extra work in to make yourself stand out.  This Essential Guide to Moving Up the Academic Career Ladder from jobs.ac.uk is a good place to start with practical exercises to get you thinking about your own development.

If you’re thinking of leaving academia to find a more senior role, then you still need to know what you’d need to get there. From policy work to government to pharma, each industry has its own nuanced labour market and culture, so you’ll need to spend some time thinking about how you can transfer your skills into this setting and in some cases consider what else you could be doing to boost your CV for jobs in industry. For a post-doc’s story about his transition from the lab to editorial work, see Kyle’s video case study

3. Availability of promotion – there are some factors in job hunting which are governed by things out of our own control: the state of the economy, the competition for jobs, increase or reduction to funding streams.  It’s worth reading around your area of research/interest – be strategic and knowledgeable.  It helps to understand when and where jobs might crop up and how you will stand out as a candidate for promotion. What you do have control over however is your mindset and approach to moving up and on; stay positive and open in your thinking.

What to Expect at the Research Staff Event 2017

Written by Nudrat Siddiqui, Research Staff Development Officer

Getting your voice heard and understood is a fundamental part of life for most of us. As a research staff member, it couldn’t be more essential as your ideas, views, and the research you are undertaking will not only leave an imprint on King’s, but also on communities and societies across the UK and beyond. The Centre for Research Staff Development is delighted to welcome you to the Research Staff Event 2017, an event dedicated to inspire you to express your views and expertise creatively and effectively in a broad range of contexts.

What can you expect at the Event?

  • Keynote talks on various topics including historical contributions that researchers at King’s have made to society and how their voices were successfully and less successfully heard and how experts and universities are responding to the current post-truth climate in which individuals and groups that are most effective at misleading are often the ones to come out triumphant.
  • Workshops that will encourage you to consider different areas that you can apply your voice in, including ensuring that research staff are represented in communications across King’s, public engagement, consultancies and entrepreneurship, building your academic profile, and debates.
  • Workshops that will help you grasp novel skills to express your views and knowledge in a variety of ways, including using social media, writing for non-expert audiences, film, public speaking, and creative channels, such as competitions, fairs, festivals and busking.
  • At the core of the event will be a debate on the motion: This House Believes that King’s Listens to its Research Staff.  One team will debate for the motion, while another team will debate against it. If you don’t sign up to participate in the debate, you will still have the opportunity to view the debate as a member of the audience and ask the debating teams questions.
  • Working with colleagues from across disciplines to test your newfound communication skills gained in workshops to create an entry for the Event competition and enter the running for the competition prizes.

Why should you attend the Event?

  • It will offer you novel perspectives on areas you can promote your voice in using tools and communication streams you might not have considered before.
  • It will allow you to learn ways to amplify the collective voice of you and your colleagues as King’s research staff community.
  • It will hone your existing skills and allow you to gain new transferable, communication skills that you’ll be able to apply to whatever career path you pursue.
  • You will have the opportunity to build your network by meeting colleagues from different disciplines and engaging with professional services staff from various departments at King’s to find out how they can support you.
  • To break up your day-to-day routine and have fun! With the chance to mingle with new friends and potential future collaborators over lunch, participate in (or observe) an exciting debate, and challenge your skills in the competition, this event will offer something of value for everyone, no matter what your strengths or interests may be.

Learn more about the event and register here. The deadline to register is 10am on 23rd August. Workshops will be filled on a first come, first serve basis so you are encouraged to register early to get a place in your choice of workshops.

In case you need additional incentive to attend, here are some highlights from last year’s event to give you a taste of the enjoyable and stimulating day that we have lined up for you.