Developing your career

These pages have been developed to support early career researchers who want to reflect on their career progress to date and begin to develop an ongoing career strategy. 

Planning any kind of career or career change takes time. Irrespective of whether you wish to stay in an academic environment, it is worth spending time on exploring, reflecting and planning.

The process can take a long time if you are making a big career change, so get started as soon as possible – particularly if your contract is ending within the next 6-12 months.  

Career planner

To start the process the Bristol Clear team have put together a Career Planner (PDF, 232kB) which provides you with a set of tools to consider where you are now and where you'd like to get to.

Career planning toolkit

Use the Career planning toolkit to develop a vision and plan for your future career, and to explore different career opportunities for researchers.

Pursuing an academic career

If you want to find out more information about careers in academia you may want to explore the pages on Pursuing an academic career.

Making the most of your development review

Explore Making the most out of your Development review conversation to take control and make the most of this formal opportunity to discuss your career.