Fine-tune your profile as an academic Academics who meet the requirements for appointment to a professorship should be able to perform all of the tasks that are part of the day-to-day life of a university professor. These include the following: Teaching (programme management duties, preparing and teaching courses, carrying out assessments, supervision of students etc.) Research (acquisition and implementation of projects, publications, conference engagements, international cooperation etc.) Promoting young scientists (academic staff management, supervision of doctoral and postdoctoral candidates etc.) Academic self-administration (board and committee activities, research management, management of an HSG institute) Service (consulting, scientific communication) Put yourself in the shoes of someone applying for a professorship and adopt the perspective of an appointments committee. Which of these factors are relevant in your department or to your preferred employer when it comes to appointments? How would one judge your performance, experience and skills from this perspective? Where is it worth investing all your energy? To establish a skills profile, we recommend the following self-study resources: Mirjam Müller (2014): Promotion – Postdoc – Professur: Karriereplanung in der Wissenschaft. Frankfurt/New York. Campus-Verlag. But what is it that is relevant when it comes to being promoted? There are factors that are not performance-related and can only be partly influenced. These criteria include: The academic reputation of the institution where you are/were working The academic reputation of your Ph.D. supervisor or co-author(s) The consistency of your academic track record The only way you can have any influence is to make smart decisions based on information that you collect from your mentors, more experienced colleagues or your peers.