Establishing yourself as a researcher: A post-pilot reflection
On the way home from the #vitae14 (@Vitae_news) conference to Cardiff and as much as I wanted to enjoy the Midland’s countryside I also felt the urge to write about a recent researcher development event that myself and a colleague Researcher Developer from UWE facilitated on September 1st . This was a collaborative effort between the University of Bristol and University of West England to organize an event on Researcher Productivity under the guidance of the SWW Vitae hub manager Anne Goodman (@VitaeSWWHub).
If you are an early career researcher who moved to a new post or a more experienced one in your position for a while you often find yourself concerned with how to improve your productivity. Two factors that relate to a researchers’ productivity are time-management and the ability to communicate with people effectively. As the researchers participants in our workshop realised their roles are complicated and they encompass several obligations that often cause them feel overworked and to doubt whether they enjoy their job. In addition, researchers interact with a range of individuals including PIs, supervisors, UG, PG students, different stakeholders, and other colleague researchers. All of these individuals have different preferences in approaching and completing their work and different preferences in communicating information and arguments. In order to become productive and fulfill your career goals as a researcher time management and effective communication are among the core skills you will need to cultivate.