Being an early career academic is tough. Increasing casualization of the whole sector means that there are fewer ongoing positions (whether those are called tenure-track or something else) and more fixed term contracts. You know you need research and publications to get and keep an ongoing position, but your particular employment situation right now may or may not support that. Even if it does in theory, adjusting to a new job and a new institution, developing new teaching, and taking on new administrative and service responsibilities takes a lot of time and effort.
In addition to all those practical constraints, you may be reluctant to say no to requests due to your precarious position. This can mean that the work that brought you into this career in the first place can get a bit lost. The autonomy you were promised can seem like a mirage. It can be hard to sort out good career advice from “It will look good on your CV.”
Wayfinding can help you identify what’s important to you and then work out some strategies for making sure that stays in there. I’ll help you identify criteria to use when deciding how to respond to requests and opportunities. I’ll help you set up sustainable working practices and begin to feel more confident about not working all the time.
A crucial element of this work will be clarifying your research trajectory and developing a publication strategy. It’s not all about quantity and “high impact journals”. Hiring and promotion committees are also looking for momentum and some kind of coherence in your publications. Luckily these are exactly the things that make your work feel more meaningful and more in your control.
The cost of this service might seem high given your current salary and employment status. It would be an investment in your wellbeing and your future. Do investigate whether there are funds available for professional development as this may be a legitimate use of those funds.
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