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Early career research

Planning your career development

Often people choose a course because of its title or because they think it sounds like an interesting topic. However, this may not be the most strategic or efficient way for you to prepare for the career that you want.

There are several approaches and tools that you might use to ensure that you are making appropriate career development choices and using your time at Manchester in the most productive way possible. The tools or approaches that you use will depend on your career choices and your own preferences.

Teaching or research career

If you are planning a career as a lecturer or a researcher (either within or outside of academia) you may find the Researcher Development Framework (RDF) useful. Similarly, if you are planning an academic career (or currently trying to decide if academia is for you), then the award winning website ‘An Academic Career’, which was devised by The University of Manchester’s Careers Service, may prove helpful.

Strategic approach

A strategic approach to career planning and/or reflection are likely to be of benefit whatever your aspirations might be, and one-to-one support is available in a variety of forms to support your career development planning or to help you to explore the roles and options that might be open to you.

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A strategic approach is useful in helping to explore your roles and options