Have you just completed your degree and are looking for lecturer job? Are you a seasoned faculty who is looking for an exciting new challenge? Or are you a professional outside of the education industry who is seeking to make a career in teaching?
Finding a new academic opportunity can be a daunting process, especially when seasoned faculties with tenure or long-standing success at a college/ institute are typically automatically re-invited to teach each year. The result is that available faculty positions may be limited, and the competition for these positions fierce.
A big part of the academics job search process is knowing where to look for teaching positions.
The following tips and tricks are designed to take some of the headaches out of your search, by giving you some guidelines on steps you can take to, ultimately, find a lecturer job.
If you wanted to become a lecturer thirty years ago, a post graduate degree was not necessary, but the career has become so professionalized over the past few decades that now it is nearly impossible to get a permanent lectureship without having completed a Ph.D. The qualification that you will need is a good bachelor’s degree, possibly a masters, and for almost all disciplines a PhD in the relevant field. You do not need a separate teaching qualification, although you may be offered the chance to do one while studying for your Ph.D. Alternatively, this may be required during your first year in the lectureship job.
Teaching Experience Needed
If you are not fresher, teaching experience is needed. Hopefully while doing your Ph.D, you have been planning for your future and working out ways to enhance your chances of getting a job. There are two main aspects to being a lecturer: teaching and research. Various institutions prioritize research and teaching slightly differently and you need to find out which aspect is most important for the particular job you are interested in.
Research Experience Needed
Your Ph.D will form the main basis of your research experience. If this is successful, it will go a long way to putting you on to the academic career ladder. After finishing their Ph.D most of the students turn immediately to having it published either as a book or a series of articles. This is also an essential step on the path to becoming a faculty.
After the PhD
Some scholars are fortunate and get a job quickly after finishing their PhD; others spend years in and out of temporary positions. On finishing their PhD, many scholars find it difficult to get a job immediately. They have to work on an hourly paid basis or temporary or part time contracts to make ends meet and gain experience. This can involve traveling a long way to and from work or working at various institutions simultaneously. The increased diversity of your experience will reflect positively on your CV.
Where can you find jobs?
Your PhD supervisor, colleagues, and friends in academia will all be invaluable in passing on job information via word of mouth. It is an important way of learning which colleges/ institutions are hiring at any one time and especially useful when a department is looking for a temporary faculty of staff. Initially, the search for suitable teaching jobs is done by members of the department asking contacts whether they know anyone who would be interested. Only later would the position be advertised more formally. For temporary or permanent faculty jobs, institutions have to advertise publicly even if they have an internal candidate in consideration for the job.
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