Academia is a very competitive world. In many academic institutions, to achieve success you are competing on a global scale to be one of the leading researchers in your field.

Even though this is challenging, someone is going to be the next professor in your field - could it be you?

Use these questions as prompts to assess your chances of making it in academia. Where you don't fit the ideal profile, this doesn't necessarily mean you can't become an academic. You may have other important attributes which will help you overcome disadvantages. However, you do need to do a realistic self assessment and consider what might you do to make yourself more competitive - and more importantly, what are you prepared to do?

Academic achievement

Skills & knowledge

Motivation

The competition

Strategic focus