Application tips and tricks Application tips and tricks

Thinking points:

  • Structural changes in academia increasingly demands that individuals are creative in their approach to their career: one method is to ‘go global’
  • Academic institutions transcend national boundaries with overseas campuses and collaborative programs: see the institutional collaborations mentioned above in China. HEIs in the USA have followed similar strategies in the Middle and Far East – however, some institutions are now pulling back from that strategy for political reasons.  Whilst the market in foreign campuses is still growing, individual institutions may rise or fall.
  • Stay connected to institutions in your home countries as well as your adopted one, i.e. provide short-term work, projects or sabbaticals: this helps to keep one foot in the door (e.g.,) to stay on the pay-roll, and to stay connected to collaborators.
  • Immersing yourself in a new country/culture/language is likely to be transformative: but anticipate complexity and delay, and find ways to generate the necessary time and energy resources that you will need.
  • Certain personality-traits and learned behaviours may help your move be as stress-free as possible: see http://chronicle.com/article/Is-There-a-Perfect-Personality/126964/
  • Consider attending conferences outside your country to gain insight, and cultivate potential mentors abroad.

For practical insights, resources and advice, see How to Become a Global Researcher hosted by The Guardian Higher Education Network (www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/2012/oct/02/global-researcher-professional-development-advice ) and the comments and content given in ‘Live chat: working abroad in higher education’ (www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/blog/2011/jul/27/working-abroad-higher-education).  Content touches on visas, pensions, job security, and opportunity spotting, amongst other things.

For an overview of national differences in CVs and applications, see www.nature.com/naturejobs/science/articles/10.1038%2Fnj7410-241a

For case studies and insights on pluses and minuses for Hong Kong, New Zealand, Finland, UK, Australia and Italy, see:
https://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/features/working-abroad-is-the-grass-greener/2014086.article

On exchange schemes, see www.jobs.ac.uk/careers-advice/working-overseas/1581/a-guide-to-short-term-overseas-research

icorsa.org/ -- serves to nurture communities of researchers and provides a global voice for research staff and postdoctoral scholars

http://www.eui.eu/ProgrammesAndFellowships/AcademicCareersObservatory/AcademicCareersbyCountry/Index.aspx The European University Institute has an excellent website comparing academic careers in almost forty countries across Europe and beyond.

http://www.leru.org/index.php/public/extra/careermapseurope/ Academic Career Maps in Europe - The League of Research Universities visual representation of academic career pathways for a number of European countries.

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/researchcareers/resources/overseasacademia.htm A series of detailed resources for academic careers in a number of countries from UCL.