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Overcoming a Sense of Academic Failure

Many of us have phases where we have no idea what we’re doing, or everything feels like it’s going wrong: that we are failing, or even that we are failures. Sometimes such phases feel less like phases than a permanent default. And often we assume – wrongly – that no one else ever feels the same.

This is an initiative intended to help make it OK to think and talk about failure. It includes five podcasts and a workbook. Find out more about the contributors, download the workbook, and give feedback at http://www.careers.ox.ac.uk/overcoming-failure/.

# Episode Title Description People Date
1 Creative Commons The Feeling of Failure What does failure feel like, and what happens when you sit with it? Susan Blackmore, Julia Bray, Chiara Cappellaro, Barbara Gabrys 22 May 2018
2 Creative Commons Failure and Other People Other people (or our idea of them) can induce feelings of failure and alleviate or transform them. Susan Blackmore, Julia Bray, Chiara Cappellaro, Barbara Gabrys 22 May 2018
3 Creative Commons Failure and the Farewell to Academia. Why does the idea of leaving academia so often feel like professional failure? Susan Blackmore, Julia Bray, Rachel Bray, Chiara Cappellaro 22 May 2018
4 Creative Commons What to do About Failure: Personal Attitudes. How to change your own attitudes to failure and success, and how failure relates to regret. Susan Blackmore, Julia Bray, Chiara Cappellaro, Barbara Gabrys 22 May 2018
5 Creative Commons What to do About Failure: Personal Actions. How to take action to change the role failure plays in your life. Susan Blackmore, Julia Bray, Rachel Bray, Barbara Gabrys 22 May 2018