Attenzione early-career academics in Italian Studies! You may be interested in this special workshop, being held in its own time-slot on the third day of the ACIS conference at the University of Sydney. This will be an informal discussion of the challenges facing early-career academics and the many ways in which you can create your own opportunities. It will also contribute to the formation of an early-career network within ACIS. All perspectives on early-career academic issues are welcome, and so as to broaden the outlook as much as possible, the session will feature guest speakers who are also early-career academics in a range of disciplines, bridging Italian Studies, Linguistics, English, History, Studies in Religion, Politics and Science. While early-career academic life has its difficulties, the aim of this session is to be constructive: to propose strategies, new approaches, ways of diversifying work and skills, or steps you can take to get help and advice, while staying true to your interests and beliefs. It will also be an opportunity to meet and connect with other early-career academics in the field of Italian Studies from across Australia and New Zealand and further afield, and to start thinking about the future shape of the discipline.