Starting out – Quick Tips


Below are some quick tips for the challenges associated with the theme Starting out.  The tips are itemised in dot form and are unashamedly simplistic, but are included to meet the just in time needs of busy academics.  There is occasional overlap between themes.

Challenges may be minimised by:

  •     Asking lots of questions
  •     Seeking an informal or formal mentor
  •     Repeating what works
  •     Rejecting what does not work;
  •     Trialling and learning from mistakes
  •     Relying on colleagues and team support
  •     Attending all/any induction and/or training on offer
  •     Timetabling deadlines
  •     Seeking information from administration staff
  •     Resisting reacting to every new directive
  •     Overcoming fear
  •     Finding out what is urgent and necessary
  •     Identifying your own drivers
  •     Building good relationships
  •     Spending time on reflection
  •     Not assuming anything
  •     Recognising that less is more
  •     Not trying to control everything
  •     Not taking things personally
  •     Taking things as they come
  •     Trying to be relaxed
  •     Engaging with the university’s strategic plan to help understand the context and rational for your work
  •     Keeping a ‘knowledge management’ diary to record what has gone well, badly and the   questions asked by students

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