9 February 2016 7 Comments
This is the third post drawn from a talk that I gave last year at the University of Melbourne Researcher@Library event. Thanks to all involved!
In the first of these articles, I talked about breaking out of your university bureaucracy. The second was about breaking funding boundaries. Both of those were written from the point of view of someone sitting securely within an organization, trying to break out.
But sometimes you end up working outside your organization. It might be because you choose to leave, or (more likely) because your organisations doesn’t want you anymore. It doesn’t matter how successful you are as a researcher and a lecturer if your whole area is wiped out in a restructure. Or you might be a casual or adjunct, paid by the hour, who is only tentatively linked to one or more universities. Or a researcher on a limited term contract, fueled by soft money, with no certainty of work next year.
Modern universities preserve no loyalty to their staff. As a result, I don’t think that we need to feel much loyalty to our universities.
Whatever the reason, you should push your identity out beyond the boundaries of the organization where you work, or build up one if you are independent. Here are three useful ways to do that, beyond social media. Read more of this post