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


  • Are you prepared for the demands on your home life of being an academic?
  • Are you prepared to continue with the uncertainty and pressure of being an aspiring academic?

The competition

Strategic focus