The above advice is the general messages that I would like to leave with you, my younger colleagues. I could also have framed the advice in another way: Even if you’re scared stiff of not being able to perform well, don’t be afraid to try! It can only go wrong, and if so, you’ve had yet another learning experience in life! Also, if you’re open towards possible helpers along the way, you always have mentors at your hands. Listen to them but don’t forget your own intuition of whether to follow their advice or not. A life and a career is a journey, which you cannot really plan in advance even if you try. However, a life of an academic will only stop with the final breath. I will probably also after my formal career get pleasure and energy from reading and exploring new or changing avenues for thinking and writing about my field, learning, organisational, working life, and professionals’ learning and maybe even be able to make a difference within this field? This is why being an academic remains such a great life!
Reflections on a Scientific Career: Behind the Professor's Cv, 2014, p. 85-97
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