International exposure is beneficial for your career. Institutions are now more than ever looking to a global stage to recruit and to facilitate researcher links. Just take a look at what UEA’s Vice Chancellor is currently saying about UEA’s global presence. You might be able to make yourself into a very useful ambassador and networker. Touted growth areas continue to include China, Australia and Hong Kong, although less obvious options may also supply opportunities.
Positions vary globally from summer placements and fellowships, contract and permanent posts, providing opportunities from toe-dipping to whole life-style change. If you feel confident to take this step, your profile will definitely stand out – if you are looking to build confidence, then a placement, internship or time-limited fellowship might be for you. If you are a current PhD student, now might be the optimal time to take part in a funded and well-supported placement scheme to give you a taster of what any bigger move in the future.
Trends in the job market are not straight-forward. It is necessary therefore to keep your eyes on Higher Education job market reports, e.g. http://www.higheredjobs.com/career/quarterly-report.cfm. In summary, many institutions have frozen recruitment of permanent, ‘tenured' members of staff, meaning that no new jobs are being advertised (a faculty will offer tenure to those it considers to have an outstanding research and teaching record). Temporary work, however, is a different story and probably makes up about 70% of the academic workforce: roles include instructor positions (part-time teaching for those still doing PhD, or just finished); postdoctoral researcher; adjunct professorships (i.e. part-time, fixed-term and sometime peripatetic teaching, often undertaken alongside another form of employment); or visiting professorships. The proportion of teaching-intensive to research-intensive appointments has therefore risen sharply in the 2000s.
Below we have gathered some snapshots of information and opportunities for further reading. However, information may go out of date or breed stereotypes, and there is no substitute to finding and talking to researchers who are themselves globally mobile. Please also come speak to us at the Careers Service for more information and advice.