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My Career Aspirations and My Researcher Development Plan

At the beginning of a research career it is important to:

  • Become familiar with the knowledge, skills and personal attributes  a researcher needs to develop and  sustain a career in research;
  • Become familiar with the expectations of research funding agencies both in terms of the quality of research proposals and the career profile of the submitting researcher;
  • Become familiar with the career opportunities with non-academic employers (including the  acquisition of transferable skills);
  • Develop a  Researcher Development Plan which sets ‘SMART’ goals , that is,  specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time bound goals;
  • When  developing a Researcher  Development Plan identify any training and development gaps which can be addressed via formal/informal developmental opportunities.
  • Engage in regular review of the Researcher Development Plan.