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Video clip: Hazel explains that at first it can be tricky to establish a research interest that is distinct from your supervisors, but also builds on your previous experience and skills.

Were there any particular issues or challenges around your early career or not getting published that you recall? The question here is around working with, one of the sub-questions is around working with co-authors for example, whether there was any difficulties and finding your feet in the world of getting first articles out?

Well, no I don't think so, not that I particularly recall. I mean there's a sort of practical requirement in terms of getting co-authors to read things and approve them off. That's something that doesn't go away.

And then of course early, early career you're often working within one particular research group or even in, fairly individually within one particular project. So, it's at that stage of career that you're perhaps wanting to develop collaborations and things outside your immediate surroundings. So that's the challenge for everybody, everybody to do. From my own perspective because I'd postdoc'd in the same research group I'd done my PhD, in the end although I had, I did consider other posts, but I worked on a very different topic within that. So, it did mean I had a breadth of experience and links a little bit from that and that was I think helpful and then you can try to build them externally to your particular research group as well.

One of the stepping stones points then in a sense is going onto your first post where you're potentially applying for grants and, and coming up with your own research project, is to what extent you build on your previous experience which obviously overlaps to some extent with your previous supervisor's work and to what extent do you branch out in to, into new area. So that's a challenge and for me that was particularly with first academic appointment here where I, for example, started with three research students, one was if you like, picking up where I'd left off in terms of postdoc work. One was something completely new and one was in collaboration with another colleague in the department. So, there was a bit of spread of activity there.

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