Earlier this year I had a coffee with a former mentor who was encouraging me to apply for a research post at his institution.

During the conversation he expressed that now was the time to consider my future career prospects more carefully than ever as I was at a crossroads.

I could either continue down the hybrid practitioner/researcher/manager route or throw myself fully into research and build an international academic reputation, publishing a stream of peer review articles and books.

I got the strong impression that he was pushing me towards the latter but ultimately after much deliberation with friends and family I chose the former.

Read my post on jobs.ac.uk to find out why I chose a different route.