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Portfolio Careers for Early Career Researchers

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Invited presentation for the Oxford University Career Service on Portfolio Careers for Early Career Researchers.

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Portfolio Careers for Early Career Researchers

  1. 1. Portfolio Careersas an Early Career Researcher @jennifermjones http://www.jennifermjones.net
  2. 2. Research Background http://www.wordle.net
  3. 3. Why?
  4. 4. Context
  5. 5. Context- self-funded PhD at Leicester (2008-2009)
  6. 6. Context- self-funded PhD at Leicester (2008-2009)- short-term research contracts
  7. 7. Context- self-funded PhD at Leicester (2008-2009)- short-term research contracts- new media development
  8. 8. Context- self-funded PhD at - graduate teaching Leicester assistant (2008-2009)- short-term research contracts- new media development
  9. 9. Context
  10. 10. Context- graduate teaching assistant
  11. 11. Context- graduate teaching assistant- website development
  12. 12. Context- graduate teaching assistant- website development- social media advice
  13. 13. Portfolio
  14. 14. Portfolio- Offered funding at UWS (2009)
  15. 15. Portfolio- Offered funding at UWS (2009) - teaching
  16. 16. Portfolio- Offered funding at UWS (2009) - teaching - short-term research
  17. 17. Portfolio- Offered funding at UWS (2009) - teaching - short-term research - live-blogging & media
  18. 18. Portfolio
  19. 19. Portfolio- consultancy
  20. 20. Portfolio- consultancy- speaking
  21. 21. Portfolio- consultancy- speaking- developing modules
  22. 22. Portfolio- consultancy- speaking- developing modules- knowledge transfer projects
  23. 23. How?
  24. 24. Managing Work social media web 2.0
  25. 25. Communication
  26. 26. Communication
  27. 27. Planning
  28. 28. C.V. 2.0
  29. 29. Pros and Cons
  30. 30. Autonomy
  31. 31. Autonomy- Not tied to one place
  32. 32. Autonomy- Not tied to one place- Work place politics
  33. 33. Autonomy- Not tied to one place- Work place politics- Freedom to experiment
  34. 34. Autonomy- Not tied to one place- Work place politics- Freedom to experiment- Radical opportunities
  35. 35. Flexibility
  36. 36. Flexibility- There is no 9-5, no Monday- Friday
  37. 37. Flexibility- There is no 9-5, no Monday- Friday- Can travel, will travel
  38. 38. Flexibility- There is no 9-5, no Monday- Friday- Can travel, will travel- Change the scenery
  39. 39. Flexibility- There is no 9-5, no Monday- Friday- Can travel, will travel- Change the scenery- Meet new people
  40. 40. Transdisciplinary
  41. 41. Transdisciplinary- collaboration
  42. 42. Transdisciplinary- collaboration- work outside of discipline
  43. 43. Transdisciplinary- collaboration- work outside of discipline- autonomy allows you to break silos in research
  44. 44. Transdisciplinary- collaboration- work outside of discipline- autonomy allows you to break silos in research- new dimensions to research field
  45. 45. Administration
  46. 46. Administration- managing paperwork
  47. 47. Administration- managing paperwork- getting used to different systems at different institutions
  48. 48. Administration- managing paperwork- getting used to different systems at different institutions- communication can be difficult
  49. 49. Lack of ‘progression’
  50. 50. Lack of ‘progression’- Temporary line management
  51. 51. Lack of ‘progression’- Temporary line management- Manage own expectations and
  52. 52. Lack of ‘progression’- Temporary line management- Manage own expectations and- Measure own progression
  53. 53. Lack of ‘progression’- Temporary line management- Manage own expectations and- Measure own progression- Building stronger relationships
  54. 54. Saying “No!”
  55. 55. Saying “No!”- Recognising opportunities that suit plans
  56. 56. Saying “No!”- Recognising opportunities that suit plans- Taking on what you can manage
  57. 57. Saying “No!”- Recognising opportunities that suit plans- Taking on what you can manage- Plan 6 months in advance
  58. 58. Know your value
  59. 59. Know your value- Something for nothing
  60. 60. Know your value- Something for nothing- Agreeing contracts before commencing work
  61. 61. Know your value- Something for nothing- Agreeing contracts before commencing work- Expenses and other costs
  62. 62. Conclusions
  63. 63. Pro-active
  64. 64. Communicate
  65. 65. Public Engagement
  66. 66. Academic
  67. 67. Thanks!email@jennifermjones.net www.jennifermjones.net

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