Further reading and links

The need for career development to provide early career researchers more future perspective is a much discussed topic.
Find here more information about this issue and articles with useful tips for your development.

  • Wie begeleidt de promovendus in zijn loopbaan?14/11/2017 ScienceGuide [in Dutch]
    The PhD trajectory should provide a basis for careers beyond academic research as well. For what reasons does this not work out well in the Dutch PhD system. Who is actually responsible to support this process? My contribution to the PhD discussion at Science Guide
  • Many junior scientists need to take a hard look at their job prospects 25/10/2017 Nature (Editorial)
    … non-academic jobs are low on the agenda when future options are discussed. […] Just like the footballers, some will succeed, and they will find a career in academic science to be as thrilling, rewarding and satisfying as they hope. But someone needs to tell the rest what happens next.
  • Young researchers thrive in life after academia27/09/2016 Nature (Editorial)
    Alternative career paths should be celebrated, not seen as a compromise […] Science should wish them well. As Nature has pointed out before, a regular flow of bright, highly trained and scientifically literate workers heading into the wider world can only benefit society and science.
  • Unleash your PhD Power21/04/2016 BCF Career Guide ’16/’17

    My contribution to the annual career guide for the Bio, Chemistry, Food and Pharma sector!
  • The postdoc experience: hopes and fears – 02/07/20115 Times Higher Education 
    Six early career researchers reflect on their experiences
  • The future of the postdoc – 07/04/2015 Nature
    There is a growing number of postdocs and few places in academia for them to go. But change could be on the way.
  • Wanted: information – 04/03/2015 Nature Jobs
    Detailed career data will help people to plan for life after a PhD
  • A Glut Of Ph.D.s Means Long Odds Of Getting Jobs – 27/07/2015 NPR
    “All we’re expected to do is research. We’re not even trained properly to become academics. We’re not taught how to manage a lab, or to mentor people. We have a whole lot of people who are trained for nothing, really, and they get so far, then they realize they have to look for jobs outside academia.”
  • Preparing for the non-academic interview – 29/05/2009 InsideHE
    Making the transition from an academic to a non-academic career involves confronting stereotypes about academics. Tough questions and tips to get ready.

Blogs

  • Inbabyattachmode –  Blog by former postdoc, now an industry scientist.
    Discusses a variety of career challenges faced by researchers, with tips and ideas.
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