Researchers’ advice for achieving your career goals

In the 17th edition of INCITE, members of the RSA asked researchers what advice they would go back and give to themselves at the start of their career. The top 6 were:

1. Establish clear medium and long-term goals, and build effective strategies to achieve them

2. Aim to publish sooner rather than later (involving producing sufficient high-quality data)

3. Collaborate and build a strong network to create a good list of contacts in and around your field, even including work on different research projects when possible

4. Increase knowledge and skills wherever possible

5. Participate in extra-curricular activities such as teaching and public engagement events
6. Bid for internal or external funding as soon as possible