Research federation, funding bodies and non-remunerative create resources to support researchers with their careers in academia .
In February 2014 Nature Careers and Naturejobs articles with Monya Baker, and I speak to many people about three projects that are looking to increase the availability for early career researchers and their career transitions.
The effects of increasingly prevalent job and profession changing and re-evaluation of work vs. family priorities have led to a growing interest in careers issues. Toward that end, varieties of career transitions are identified here, and commonalities across transitions are explored.
MIND (Motivating Informed Decisions) at the University of California in San Franciso, is an experimental career program supported by the BEST grant from the National Institute of Health. A Mind is the set of cognitive faculties that enables consciousness, perception, thinking, judgement, and memory—a characteristic of humans, but which also may apply to other life forms. The main question regarding the nature of mind is its relation to the physical brain and nervous system. Jennie Dorman, the lead researchers on the MIND project, shares what they are doing with students and faculty.
According to its Constitution, the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) is responsible for all graduate studies in the University of Toronto. CGS is responsible to develop and implement appropriate regulations and operating procedures for admissions, programs of study, and completion of degree requirements. The lack of reliable information about PhD careers beyond first placement (the first jobs that students and grads get out of academic studies) means that someone needs to fill the gap. Julia Kent from CGS explains what they are doing for it.