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This fantastic e-Book has been kindly shared by the community at www.jobs.ac.uk, and explains how to plan your research career: should you undertake postgraduate study, and what will it involve; how would you choose a course; what are your long term goals, how should you get indusdtry experience and so on. With helpful sections that allow you to fill in your own ideas, and advice on funding, this eBook should provide practical advice to most people considering a career in research. It is aimed at a UK audience, so any comments about applying this to a developing country setting would be appreciated.
Download the free eBook here: http://www.jobs.ac.uk/media/pdf/careers/resources/a-practical-guide-to-planning-an-academic-or-research-career.pdf
Entering the research field is something that holds a lot of opportunity for anyone. Many factors including salary are among the key reasons that this field remains one of the most common for anyone to enter. A site that Dr. Greg Martin also seems to be part of the editorial has published a neat list of research careers with salary figures for each.