Ten Tips for a successful career…plus a one extra late edition!

Ten Tips I picked up this week from a very successful retiring academic colleague about securing a long and successful professional life:
1. “If you live long enough- things happen” – you’ll need endurance and tenacity
2. Make sure you can recognise luck when it comes along and don’t waste the opportunity it brings with it
3. Have broad interests – look beyond your own discipline and always be ready to learn
4. Travel
5. Networks are everything – build strong networks
6. Find innovative ways to manage difficult people
7. Choose your battles carefully – let some things ride…
8. Take risks…
9. For academics…Remember: Teaching pays the bills!
10. Be nice to people – listen to them… hear them… be quick to say thank you.

an 11th has been added by another highly regarded sage academic (retired) – Do not forget to privilege research and publication. Sequester time for this and guard it ferociously. So easy for it to be eaten into. Create research groups.

….and my observation to add to this list… wash all down with plenty of ‘faith’ and confidence in yourself/your abilities… and a moderate amount of Shiraz!

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One comment

  1. Dr Rhonda Wilson RN Rural Mental Health Nurse

    Reblogged this on Rhonda Wilson MHN and commented:

    Just six months ago, I was lucky enough to share an evening with some friends and colleagues at a retirement farewell dinner for Emeritus Professor Faith Trent AM FACE. She was a significant mentor for me, and today as I am saddened to hear of her passing, I am reminded of her advice and I am grateful for her kindness shown to me. I am being quick to say thank you… in memory and honour of her I am reblogging this post. Vale Emeritus Professor Faith Trent AM FACE

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