Five successful research group PIs give open and frank descriptions of the very different choices and paths that led them to their current roles in academia, and offer some advice to students contemplating their next step.
What has chemistry ever done for me? Or, how did I get here?
Professor Lesley Yellowlees, the first female President of the Royal Society of Chemistry, talks about the choices she had to make in order to obtain her two dream jobs (and hold them at the same time).
Part 1 - My path to academic success - Alison Parkin
Dr Alison Parkin, who has just started her own lab group at the University of York, talks about taking career development step by step, and the importance of both research and teaching in academic careers.
Part 2 - My path to academic success - Ed Anderson
Dr Ed Anderson, a Research Fellow at the University of Oxford gives an overview of his current role, and advice on issues he encountered along the way, including the benefits of a post doctoral position in the USA.
Part 3 - My path to academic success - Asel Sartbaeva
Dr Asel Sartbaeval, a Lecturer at the University of Bath, discusses her path from Kyrgyzstan to Oxford and beyond, and offers some advice on balancing career success with family and relationships.