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Life Lessons for Aspiring International Academics: What My Experience Suggests about How to Thrive

Vijay Kumar (University of Otago, New Zealand)

Academic Mobility and International Academics

ISBN: 978-1-80117-513-5, eISBN: 978-1-80117-510-4

Publication date: 3 May 2022

Abstract

I worked as an academic in Malaysia prior to taking on a similar position at a research-intensive university in New Zealand. In this chapter, I discuss challenges I faced in the early stages of my career. I provide insights into my academic mobility strategies, adapting to a research-focused environment, understanding academic standards, becoming a prolific researcher/writer, transitioning to be a ‘slow’ academic and finally the pursuit of striving for work-life balance. I also share my success stories with a view that these would be of benefit to aspiring international academics.

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Kumar, V. (2022), "Life Lessons for Aspiring International Academics: What My Experience Suggests about How to Thrive", Nachatar Singh, J.K. (Ed.) Academic Mobility and International Academics (Surviving and Thriving in Academia), Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 49-62. https://doi.org/10.1108/978-1-80117-510-420221007

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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