In PhD Career Stories episode 12, we welcome our special guest Sarah Blackford, Academic and Science Career Consultant and author of Career planning for research bioscientists. In her “tips & tricks”-themed episode, we learn more on how we can get started with career planning. Sarah Blackford is an academic career consultant with over 15 years' experience of delivering career support to PhD students and early career researchers. Qualified with a master's degree in career guidance in Higher Education, Sarah is a member of the Career Development Institute and a founding member of the network Careers Advisers supporting Researchers in Europe (CARE). She is the author of Career planning for research bioscientists and much of her advice and resources are available on her blog biosciencecareers.org.