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15 minutes to develop your research career

A podcast on professional development for researchers

Develop your skills and get professional development advice with our podcast series: 15 minutes to develop your career, designed especially for early career researchers.

Created with Vitae, the international program which champions professional development for researchers, the podcast features insights from a range of experts working inside and outside academia. Each episode focuses on important skills and topics, from getting published for the first time to understanding the different career paths researchers can take.

If you’re a researcher, you’ll get practical tips and career support that will boost your professional development.

Browse the series below, or scroll down to learn more about each episode.


Episode 9: 4 skills for researchers of the future

There are so many useful skills you’ll develop during your research – from critical thinking and being able to evaluate your work and that of others, to time management skills. But the research world has been, and is rapidly changing, so what skills can you develop now to make you ready for the future? In this podcast discover 4 key skills for researchers of the future, including advice on developing digital skills from Inger Mewburn, Managing Editor of the Thesis Whisperer blog.

Read the 4 skills for researchers of the future podcast transcript.

Discover 4 skills for researchers of the future

Episode 8: Academic conference tips 

Academic conferences are common in the research world, but how do you use conferences to develop your career? And what can you do to get the most out of them?

This episode guides you through the key aspects of conferences, including how to prepare for them, networking skills, and delivering a conference paper presentation. Interviewees include Pat Thomson – Professor of Education and creator of the popular ‘Patter’ blog, which is packed with advice for researchers at all stages.

Read the Academic conference tips podcast transcript.

Find out the top tips for academic conferences.

Episode 7: Making your research open

“It allows us to really just double check the work that has been done” – Charlotte Tate, San Francisco State University

What is open research? What are the opportunities and challenges of adopting open research practices? How can conducting research openly benefit you as a researcher?

We share answers to these questions and provide practical advice on what you need to know about the open research landscape, including steps you can take to make your research more open.

Read the Making your research open podcast transcript.

Episode 6: The unspoken challenges of research life

“Some people experience fantastic support before, during and after a period of leave […] some people feel that they have fallen through the cracks” – Dr. Anna G Slater, University of Liverpool

This episode explores the unspoken challenges of research life, tackling important issues that aren’t always talked about openly.

We take a closer look at the challenges faced by researchers taking parental leave, as well as issues around gender and diversity in the research world.

Read The unspoken challenges of research life podcast transcript.

Episode 5: Getting published for the first time

“It’s easier to write the work first […] and definitely the abstract last”- Professor David Bogle, University College London

We guide listeners through the essentials of getting published in a journal, from the question of why get published to what happens during peer review.

You’ll also get to grips with how publishing works from the inside, with insights and advice from a journal editor.

Read the Getting published for the first time podcast transcript.

Episode 4: Overcoming impostor syndrome

Impostor syndrome is the term used to describe feeling like an impostor or ‘fraud’, that you don’t deserve your status, and that your successes are simply down to chance. It’s normally attributed to highly qualified individuals (like researchers). So it may come as no surprise that the topic is becoming increasingly discussed in academia.

This episode tackles impostor syndrome head on, talking about what it is, how it emerges, and how you can overcome it.

Read the Overcoming impostor syndrome podcast transcript.

Read about a researcher’s experience with impostor syndrome.

Episode 3: Academic mentoring

How can mentoring boost your professional development? What are the different mentoring opportunities out there? And what can you do to get the most out of a mentoring relationship?

Hear advice from mentors and mentees including Dr Uzma Asghar from the Institute of Cancer Research and Maryanne Dever, Joint Editor-in-Chief of Australian Feminist Studies).

Read the Academic mentoring podcast transcript.

Episode 2: Stepping up, moving on and alternative career paths for researchers

What do researchers go on to do after their PhD? What are the different career options and academic jobs available? And how can you develop transferable skills as a researcher?

This episode guides you through the range of career paths researchers take, and also offers advice for choosing which path is right for you.

Read the Stepping up, moving on and alternative career paths for researchers podcast transcript.

Get some more tips on careers for PhDs outside of academia.

Episode 1: Public engagement in research

“It’s how to tell the story of your research in a way that engages and hooks people in” – Dr Paul Spencer, University of Bristol

What does ‘public engagement’ mean? What can researchers gain from encouraging people outside of academia to read their work? And where should you begin?

Get answers to these questions and understand what you can do as a researcher to engage the public in your work.

Read the Public engagement in research podcast transcript.

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