Institute for Academic Development
Institute for Academic Development

Career case studies

Understanding how other researchers have developed their careers may inform the planning of your own career goals.

Academic career journeys at Edinburgh

Video and text case studies from PhD students, research staff, lecturers and Heads of School across all three Colleges at the University of Edinburgh showing the challenges and rewards of an academic career, and what can aid career progression.

Career inspiration

Many universities, professional bodies and networks have developed banks of case studies to help researchers see the wide range of career paths they can move into and to share insights from people who have made successful transitions.

Though your own career path will be unique, hopefully you will find ideas and inspiration from reading about others.

It can be useful to understand the barriers others have faced, how they have approached and overcome potential problems, and the sources of support they drew upon.

Case study bank

University of Bristol: academic case studies

University of Bristol: non-academic career case studies

Vitae: What do research staff do next? - career stories

Vitae: Database of careers stories

Beyond the PhD - Career case studies for arts, humanities and social scientists

'Newcastle University: Research staff career decision point case studies

University of Dundee: Stories in Science - postdoctoral life science career pathways

Institute of Physics: New Directions – advice on career change  (available to members only, reference copy in IAD)