Are you considering whether to move to a different country, institution or research group as part of your career plan? Many PhD students and researchers benefit from experiencing the diversity of new research perspectives and knowledge, working alongside new colleagues and collaborators, as well as learning about new cultures and even languages. Research is a global business and so new experiences can open up the mind and allow novel ideas and directions to develop.
Of course, on the downside, there are disadvantages associated with academic mobility, especially in terms of professional work:personal life balance considerations. To this end, I have written a blog which covers many of these issues, as well as suggesting alternative strategies for those who are looking for inspirational career opportunities, but are largely confined to a particular geographic region. In addition, I also deliver a one-day workshop on this subject, in which participants have the opportunity to review and discuss their situation and the associated issues and challenges facing them, in order to help them to make informed decisions about their next career move.
A wealth of literature has been written on the subject of academic mobility, which I have been accumulating over the months and years. Keeping it up to date is a challenge, but I hope you’ll find the following list helpful: