Building sustainable working environments and career paths:  an all-in approach (part 2).

Building sustainable working environments and career paths:  an all-in approach (part 2).

One of the greatest pleasures of working in academia is the intellectual freedom to explore new areas of knowledge, to learn, to be creative and to develop our own ideas. Accordingly to Amy Edmonson´s psychological safety model, a good way to excel as professionals and thrive in our careers comes by getting out of our comfort zone and challenge ourselves. Now, taking risks without any safety net is probably what refrain most of us from attempting big jumps.

– What if I fail? What if I am not ready yet? What if I am not good enough? – These are questions that often come to our minds just to torment us. After years of self-sabotage and imposter syndrome, many of us will come to the conclusion that we prefer to try and fail rather than not even try. We need to be ready to fail, that´s part of the learning process; and that´s why a safe and supportive working environment is so crucial at this stage of our careers. So, how do you think our departments could better encourage and support our initiatives? What do you think is missing and would you like to be included in your career development plan?

From the postdoc society we are trying to build a stronger safety net for postdocs, so please share your ideas and leave your comments below.

Next blog post: 1st July. Title: “Publish AND perish”: A warning about predatory journals.

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