Add-on to the topic: Academic Career
Insights into academic career building strategies
Academic careers like any other career are built on much more than just our expertise. Questions concerning the visibility within the scientific community, the knowledge on structures within the actual organization or the active participation in international networks are the basis for the future. We discuss the most important elements for successful career strategies for different career paths.
Managing the PhD
The qualification of young researchers to become a PhD requires a versatile skill development. The daily focus is mostly on acquisition of specific scientific tool. At the same time it is important to shape the process and to meet the increasing expectations. Emphasis in the course is on milestone planning – time and goal management – career planning – self-presentation.
Leadership and people management
Leadership and team building skills in academia are keys to success like anywhere else. Beside knowledge on guiding tools a solid reflection on one’s own behavior and preferences are helpful in reaching the wanted goals. Particular in the education and research environment differentiations between various target groups (technicians, students, researchers) and distinct levels (team, individuals, and self-guidance) are a must.
Scientists in academia face numerous situations where they must present their data and themselves professionally and effectively. A lasting presentation requires a thoughtful preparation as well as a convincing doing. Working areas are: Preparation of presentation materials – convincing appearance – practicing a short presentation in front of a complaisant audience – structure feedback.
Success requires more and more team work. The ability to work together with other personalities, people with different goals or in an collaborative setting needs know how. Team members should know about team roles and their personal preferences, group dynamics and models about social interactions, and need knowledge about conflict and conflict solving strategies.