This section contains tools and supports to help you to plan your professional & personal development.
Why self-directed career development?
1. No framework exists that would encompass every type of research career so our approach to career development is self-directed by necessity.
2. Self-directed career and professional development is the most effective in producing the results that we want, i.e. researchers making informed decisions regarding their own future.
3. Self-assessment exercises promote self-awareness and a better understanding of yourself, assisting you to identify what you want professionally.
The Career Development Toolkit for Researchers is your interactive guide to help you formulate an ongoing career development strategy. Whether you are reviewing your academic career progress or considering a change, you will need to consider your current situation before moving forward.
These tools produce an output that is unique and specific to you based on your input. They are free to use but require an email address to register/log-in. Self-assessment is important in career choice because in helps you select a career path based on your unique values, interests, personality and skills. It assists you to make your own informed career decisions.
Values are the beliefs, principles and standards that are important to you and what you are looking for in your working life.
Do the Values assessment now!
Interests are a predictor of job satisfaction. Research has confirmed a strong relationship between values and interests and the importance of confirming your interests when choosing careers.
Do the Interests assessment now!
The Big 5 Model of personality is the culmination of work done by researchers over many years but crystallised with the publication of the NEO PI-R five factor personality inventory by Costa & McCrae. 80% of personality variance can be expressed in these five broad dimensions. How do I like to work? How do I work with others? What kind of work do I enjoy? What do I dislike? Why? What working environments suit me?
Do the Personality assessment now!
An ongoing inventory of your skills is an important aspect of professional development. When discussing skills it is important to remember:
- Every role requires skills and every researcher has skills
- Every researcher has strengths in certain skill areas and indeed certain roles suit people with these skill strengths
- Researchers will have specific technical skills as well as skills that are transferrable to other roles.
Do the Skills assessment now!
Other resources that will help you do your own skills audit:
Postdoctoral scholars pursue professional opportunities not only in academia but also in industry, government, nonprofits, and entrepreneurship. The NPA has established six core competencies to offer guidance to individual postdoctoral scholars who must seek out relevant training experiences.
Eurodoc Report, Identifying Transerable Skills and Competences to Enhance Early-Career Researchers Employability and Competitiveness. This report identifies transferable skills and competencesa relevant for early career researchers to gather during their doctoral training program and beyond, in order to increase their employability in multiple work sectors. A skills matrix and infographic (see Appendix) with nine different categories, containing a total of 66 transferable skills and competences, is presented. Advice on how to acquire and document these skills and competences is provided.
Eurodoc Skills Report 2018 (254.7 KB)
The 5 Minute Career Action Plan aims to help you focus on career success. Are you unsure of what you want to do next? Do promotion opportunities keep slipping away from you? Or are you simply drifting along?
We spend most of our lives at work, but how often do we actively make a choice about our career and actually commit to a decision? This interactive guide will allow you to take stock, consider what is important to you and then help you to produce your own strategy for personal career success.
The 5 minute career action plan is for anyone who is short of time and wants a structured approach to their career planning. It can be particularly helpful for people just starting out, individuals seeking promotion or a career change and people wanting to address their work-life balance.
The 5 Minute Career Action Plan (407.02 KB)
Your Career Path
Get your career off to the right start. Employers, internships and graduate jobs in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Find advice to land the job you want.
See more on the gradireland website including...
10 Career Paths for PhDs (756.21 KB)
Are you a PhD or early career researcher thinking ahead to a career move outside of academia? Are you about to start a PhD and want to know the type of job opportunities open to researchers?
The good news is that for a variety of job roles and career routes the skills and expertise of a researcher are in demand. This e-book will help you to use your research skills and experience to stand out in the job market and to take steps to secure a job. Articles and case studies will bring to life how to make the transition from academia to alternative career paths. 10 career options will be explored to highlight the benefits and opportunities for researchers from a range of disciplines. The ebook ends with activities to focus on your personal situation and to help you develop a career strategy to secure the job you want and to build a successful career. Developed by Jayne Sharples, Career Coach & Consultant, specialising in career development, career change and design and writing of online career coaching resources.
For many early stage researchers there is a glorious career waiting for them outside of the academic world. Find out about where researchers are working, what competencies are valued and how they feel about their roles.
Researchers need to know how and where to access funding as an important aspect of their professional development and independence.
Check out the UCD Research Portal Page for more.
Employers, internships, graduate and post-graduate jobs in Ireland. Jobs with your qualifications, events, specific career sectors and careers advice.
Check out the Gradireland Careers for more.
The EURAXESS Intercultural Assistant for Researchers aims to raise awareness of the possible intercultural experiences you are likely to have as a working researcher.
1. What is Culture? Some basic thoughts about culture.
2. Boost your Intercultural Competence. Methods of intercultural communication and competence.
3. Compare Cultures. Explores one of the many approaches to describing cultural differences and allows you to compare your own culture with others.
4. Socialising. Practical tips for finding support while adapting to a new cultural environment.
Seven Dimensions of Culture: Helps to explain national cultural differences in organisations and shows how managing these differences can be a major challenge.
Cultural Intelligence Center: Cultural Intelligence (CQ) is a globally recognised way of assessing and improving effectiveness in culturally diverse situations. It is rooted in rigorous academic research conducted across more than 100 countries.
If you would like more information regarding career development for researchers in Ireland you should contact the relevant institution who you are interested in working with.
Dublin City University
Trinity College Dublin
University College Cork
University College Dublin
Dr. Ríonnagh Sheridan
Mary Kate O’Regan
Head of Careers Service
Research Support Officer
Head of Research Development Centre
Partnership Development Officer
HR Research Manager
Research Careers Manager
Technological Higher Education Institutions
Athlone Institute of Technology
Carlow Institute of Technology
Cork Institute of Technology
Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design & Technology
Galway Mayo Institute of Technology
Institute of Technology Sligo
Institute of Technology Tralee
Letterkenny Institute of Technology
Limerick Institute of Technology
Technological University of Dublin
Waterford Institute of Technology
Elizabeth Carroll Twomey
Rick Officer or Helen O’Reilly
Eimear Fitzpatrick or Susie Cullinane
Funded Research Manager
Research Development & Innovation Support
Senior Research Officer
Research Programmes Officer
Vice President for Research & Innovation/ Senior Research Admin
Graduate Education & Research Integrity Training Officer
Head of Research & Innovation
Graduate Studies Support Officer
Researcher Career Development Co-Ordinator
HR Business Partner for Research/ Projects Manager, RSU
IUA Research Career Framework
The Irish Universities Association (IUA) has taken the initiative to bring forward a national framework to support the achievement of the national policy objective to optimise the impact of the human capital developed in our research system, and is the basis for the Innovation 2020 Action (No. 3.10), to “Develop a coherent national policy on structured progression for researchers”.
What effect will the Researcher Careers Framework have when implemented?
- It will enhance the mobility of researchers for a variety of careers in the public and private sector in research and non-research roles.
- It will provide consistent terms and conditions for research across the system independent of source of funding.
- It will enable the achievement of Innovation 2020 and European Research Area (ERA) goals for researchers in Ireland.
University Research Salary Scales/Guidelines
The IUA Researcher Salary Guidelines provide guidance to universities when hiring researchers. It is important to stress that they are not compulsory and have no legal basis.
The categories were developed in conjunction with universities’ policy on researcher careers. They have been adopted as guidelines by most national agencies in their funding programmes. They take cognisance of national wage and pension developments in the context of the public sector.
Download the Salary Scales here.