How to advance your career in science

There are many challenges to advancing a career in science, not least the ‘publish or perish’ culture in which researchers are immersed. Modern academia can be a difficult landscape for early-career researchers to navigate – how do you establish what your priorities should be while avoiding the pitfalls that might hamper your future career?

With this in mind, SciDev.Net conducted a survey of researchers from all over the world about the biggest challenges they face, pitfalls to avoid, and advice they would give other researchers facing the same obstacles.

Top 5 challenges

  • Getting funding
  • Lack of support or becoming isolated
  • Lack of skills (for example, in writing, communication or research)
  • Lack of relevant data/literature for work
  • Maintaining a focused topic of study
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