PGF-ACTS 2012: Careers in Academia

This aim of this session was to consider how best to prepare for a career in academia and was run by three very experienced and successful academics:  Mike Bradshaw (University of Leicester), Michael Brown (University of Washington), and Rachel Spronken-Smith (University of Otago).

The session covered the importance of building up your portfolio in terms of teaching experience, research and generally getting involved in professional organisations and in the research culture of your own departments and universities. Also noted was the importance of a good covering letter with your CV, key elements of which include: how you fit the job specification, your publication strategy, your teaching philosophy and your awareness of the department for which you are applying.

The interview process was also discussed and top tips included: make sure you know the logistics of the interview (ie where you are going and at what time), do not go over allotted time if asked to do a presentation and ask questions that demonstrate ambition.

For more details see the slides available here. Thanks to the presenters for an informative and engaging session and to all the participants for their involvement. We hope you found it useful and enjoyable!