Sometimes we hear of a mythical “right way” to progress through academia: a PhD, one or two postdocs and then your own group. We really want to highlight that there is no such thing. Careers are like rivers; they twist and turn, meandering across the metaphorical academic landscape. Here you’ll find a collection of career timelines from academia from real people with unique journeys. Hopefully, these will encourage and inspire you. If you would like to share your career timeline please do get in touch.