Career issues, paths and motivations: career stories of four UK academics

Mouratidou, Maria ORCID logo ORCID: (2020) Career issues, paths and motivations: career stories of four UK academics. In: Antoniadou, Marilena and Crowder, Mark, (eds.) Modern day challenges in academia: time for a change. Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK, pp. 31-43.

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This study employs qualitative methods to research career transitions from industry to academia. Interviews were conducted with 25 academics from different parts of the world and with a range of subject specialisms. Findings suggest that a lack of work–life balance and the need to respond to a ‘calling’ are the main drivers for the transition. Participants emphasised the flexibility inherent in their role, although salary and seniority are often affected when the transition is made. The reality of their jobs was different to their expectations prior to making the transition. Despite preconceptions, working conditions are not always as anticipated, and this can be a concern for some. This chapter adds to the corpus of knowledge in this under-explored aspect of academic life. It will also be of benefit for those who are seeking to make this transition and will help future academic scholars to navigate their career paths.

Item Type: Book Section
Publisher: Edward Elgar
ISBN: 9781788119184
Departments: Institute of Business, Industry and Leadership > Business
Additional Information: Chapter 3 within book.
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2019 11:37
Last Modified: 25 Apr 2024 15:00


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