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Tim - where do you see your career going from here?
Name: Tim
PhD discipline: History/American studies
Area(s) of work: Academic research support administration
Year of graduation: 2000
Date of Interview: 19/06/2008

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Tim reflects on his potential career progression and ambitions.

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Where can you see your career developing from here?

(…) I don't know and I think the funding environment and various external factors are going to change in the next few years so I think sort of keeping up with that is important, so I think this sort of role is going to develop. I mean I don't think I'd sort of have a desire for a sort of particularly hierarchical career and route where I'm sort of moving up through management structures or anything like that. But, so a certain amount of responsibility would be interesting, and more autonomy. And in some ways a closer link, if possible, with the academic world in terms of adding substance rather than sums, so I think that's the challenge really - to sort of keep it interesting and sort of add real value rather than getting too sucked into the sort of day to day.  Outside of admin, there's an awful lot of stuff that needs to be done, but (…)

Would you like to remain within this institution that you're working in or would you consider moving elsewhere?

I have no particular sort of institutional loyalties I don't think, certain geographical restrictions but no, career wise, I think just to progress I would probably need to move on. It's quite difficult in universities to progress within an institution and obviously it'd be quite a conservative body. I mean some people do do it obviously but a lot of the time people find they have to move institutions to progress and to sort of reinvent themselves, and start doing a slightly different job. So I think that's probably how it would work.

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