Modern Day Challenges in Academia
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Modern Day Challenges in Academia

Time for a Change

Edited by Marilena Antoniadou and Mark Crowder

Examining the modern day challenges faced by academics throughout their working lives, this timely book investigates the ways in which academic careers are changing, the reasons for these changes and their potential future impacts. Contributors with insider experience of both traditional research focussed universities and newer institutions with an emphasis on teaching, utilise theoretical and empirical methods to provide international perspectives on the key issues confronting modern day academics.
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Chapter 3: Career issues, paths and motivations: career stories of four UK academics

Maria Mouratidou

Abstract

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.

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