Career Planning for Academics

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Ethos Career Planning for Academics in Australia and New Zealand

This program is designed for all early and mid-career academics who find themselves uncertain about their career options.

This is a 3.5 hour-workshop that is a mix of individual reflection and small group processes. 

The workshop starts with the premise that ‘We are all a work in progress, but we mistakenly believe we are a finished product’.  A range of questions in the Ethos Career Planning Workbook (that the participant takes home) promotes personal reflection.  Reflections not just about the type of work participants are attracted to, but also trends and employment options within their discipline in higher education, the government sector, the not-for-profit sector, and the private sector. These questions help the individual to take an open-minded perspective of the current reality of their circumstances and their options within their discipline, options for both the short term and the long term.

This is followed by a detailed schematic flow chart outlining the many and varied career options within academia that spring from the ‘core path’ of a balanced academic.  Individuals are encouraged to place themselves at a point on this chart, and then look for desirable options for themselves. 

The group is then introduced to the idea of future-casting, where each individual looks to identify potential future options that they would be open to if the opportunity presented itself. These are recorded in their workbook.  The planning process becomes increasingly granular as the individuals establish the core elements of the next 18 months of their career journey.

This process is peppered with conversations between individuals (in pairs) that is informed by ‘superior mentoring’ and powerful questions in a high-quality peer to peer engagement process.


This program is available as a virtual or face-to-face workshop.