10 September 2013 1 Comment
This is the first of two posts about the issue of research career disruptions and interruptions. I started writing this as a simple “Top 5″ listing of how to write about these situations, and what not to do.
It became my blogging albatross. I ended up worrying at it for more than three weeks. *
Why was this? It was because, as I was typing up strategies for presenting your track-record in the best possible light, it read as cold and functional.
I felt I was doing that thing of making everything as seamless as possible, as if these things can – and should – be adequately contained in such a way. As if I had no issues with this kind of requirement.
In the end, I’ve decided to split it up.
- Part 1 is a ‘meta’ take on the idea of telling your research career story, and the ways in which academia and higher education bodies attempt to account for it.
- Part 2 (next week) is a much more utilitarian post about better – and worse – ways to talk about the texture of your career in grant applications.
* Many thanks to Lisa Batten (@BattLisa) for her comments + encouragement for these posts!