An Academic Career

Academic career stories

Inspiration from real life

Academic careers are very individual. In particular, the creative ways in which successful academics have dealt with progressing their careers, finding opportunities and overcoming challenges could inspire you to come up with your own creative approach to managing your career.

Our collection of academic career stories includes videos, transcripts, pdfs and links to external sources:

We are also very interested in adding to our career stories and hearing from academics with different profiles and career paths:

Video career stories from The University of Manchester

Academics: Lecturer and beyond



Aspiring academics: Post-doctoral researchers and research fellows



Career profiles from The University of Manchester



Career stories - other sources

Academics enter the university sector from a wide variety of fields, often following unique pathways.

Two excellent sources of career stories for those entering (or leaving) academia are:

  • Career Stories - a searchable database of career stories and links to collections of career profiles and histories from Vitae, a national organisation who support the development of doctoral researchers and research staff in universities.
  • Academic Case Studies - a series of career profiles of academics from, the main UK academic recruitment website