Books, Blogs and Articles

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Blogs & Communities


  • Smartsciencecareer: Blog & community by Prof. Sven Hendrix (Life Sciences, UHasselt), offers help and information about various aspects of academic life and making smart career choices.
  • Young Academy of Flanders ('Jonge Academie'): Autonomous union of young researchers (postdocs and young professorial staff) working for a Flemish university or research institute, making opinions and organizing events on research, policy, society and career development.
  • Science Careers: Careers platform of the journal Science offering a wide variety of content (job listings, career advice articles, a community of experts and peers, ...) designed to assist scientists of all disciplines, backgrounds and experience levels navigate their career path.
  • Versatile PhD: Advice, discussion and information on non-academic careers for humanities, social science, and science and technology PhDs.
  • Beyond the Doctorate: Blog by Fiona Whelan (completed a doctorate in the UK focusing on twelfth-century medieval history) about the trials and tribulations of life beyond the doctorate with information and tips and tricks on transitions from pure research to a practical job outside of academia.
  • BioCareers: Blog and career hub for postgraduate life scientists.
  • Bioscience Careers: Blog by Sarah Blackford, an academic careers specialist (Society for Experimental Biology, London) with advice, services and resources for researchers.
  • Jobs on Toast: Blog by PhD (in Medieval Studies) Chris Humphrey on how to make the transition into professional outside academia.
  • The Academic Blueprint: support in taking the career to the next level and making a successful transition from academia to industry or science to business.



  • So What Are You Going To Do With That? Finding Careers Outside Academia
  • Susan Basalla and Maggie Debelius (University of Chicago Press, 2007, revised edition)
    PhDs authors provide concrete advice covering: rethinking life after graduate school; soul-searching before job searching; networking and transitional experience; turning a CV into a resume; and how to turn an interview into a job.
  • Alternative Careers in Science: Leaving the Ivory Tower
    Cynthia Robbins-Roth (Elsevier Academic Press, 2006)
    Looks at various alternative careers including intellectual property, medical consulting, university technology transfer, venture capital, publishing, and biomedical consulting. Each chapter covers a different career track and includes basic job description, qualifications, responsibilities, expectations, typical day scenario, etc.
  • Surviving Your Academic Job Hunt. Advice for Humanities PhDs
    Kathryn Hume (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010)
    Dispenses essential advice for academic job hunters and gives them the skills and knowledge to land a job in the humanities. Fully revised and updated, this book offers a comprehensive look at the do's and don'ts of the application and interview process and provides indispensable tips and a variety of practical tools.
  • Career Planning for Research Bioscientists
    Sarah Blackford (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013)
    A wealth of information and resources specifically targeted at research bioscientists, with practical strategies to enhance career success in an increasingly competitive job market. Advice on how to write a winning CV together with examples adapted for different jobs is presented, as well as practical exercises to assist with skills analysis and decision making. Profiles of PhD-qualified bioscientists in a range of professions including academic research, industry, science communication, management and consultancy provide valuable insights into how others have managed their careers.
  • Career Options for Biomedical Scientists
    Edited by Kaaren Janssen & Richard Sever (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, 2015)
    Plugs the gap by providing information about a wide variety of different careers that individuals with a PhD in the life sciences can pursue. Covering everything from science writing and grant administration to patent law and management consultancy, the book includes firsthand accounts of what the jobs are like, the skills required, and advice on how to get a foot in the door. It will be a valuable resource for all life scientists considering their career options and laboratory heads who want to give career advice to their students and postdocs.
  • How to Succeed as a Scientist: From Postdoc to Professor
    B.J. Gabrys and J. A. Langdale (Cambridge University Press, 2011)
    A practical guide for postdoctoral researchers explaining how to build and perfect the necessary research tools and working skills to build a career in academia and beyond. It describes the tools needed for independent research, from writing papers to applying for academic jobs; it then introduces skills to thrive in a new job, including managing and interacting with others, designing a taught course and giving a good lecture; and it concludes with a section on managing your career, from how to manage stress to understanding the higher education system.
  • And What Do You Do? 10 Steps to Creating a Portfolio Career
    B. Hopson and K. Ledger (Black Publishers, 2009)
    This book gives ten practical steps for establishing a "portfolio career" option where you have two or more jobs for different employers and reframe your brand by playing to your greatest strengths. Each job would utilize different skills and allow you to follow your passions with enough built-in flexibility and diversity to help you thrive during economic slumps. Whether part-time worker or a combination of working for yourself and an organization, this book will show you the way to explore innovative career opportunities and find the maximum fulfillment in your work.
  • What Colour is Your Parachute? A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters & Career-Changers
    Richard N. Bolles (Ten Speed Press, 2015)
    An international classical standard book on practical career advice with a broad international scope on job facts and figures.
  • How to Get a Job You’ll Love
    John Lees (Mc Graw-Hill, 2014)
    Written by a well-known UK career coach, this book offers good practical tools to tap into your own strengths and make successful move, on the short and the long term, to a new job.
  • Successful Research Careers – A Practical Guide
    Sara Delamont & Paul Atkinson (Open University Mc Graw-Hill, 2004)
    Provides sensible strategies for building a successful research career. For anyone working in higher education, especially in the social sciences, business and law, arts and humanities, for those who want to become research active academics, to build a research group, or to create a research culture.