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If you are interested in how your career development could contribute to a life outside academia, then this recent article by written by Dr Kathy Barrett from Research Staff Development at Kings College London may be of interest:

Academia as the Alternative Career: developing researchers for a range of future selves 

The article is based on discussions from the 4th Annual Researcher Education and Development Scholarship (REDS) Conference which took place in October. The emphasis is how training programmes can be designed to support researchers to make good career decisions and develops their skill sets for a range of future career choices.