In an earlier blog I wrote about the important parts of a CRC PhD Program. Some of you might be reading this and in the process of applying for or setting up a newly awarded centre or institute. Bearing that information in mind, when designing or implementing a supplementary or industry-focused PhD program consider the […]
I just got off a coaching call where the key question we were considering was “How do I know what to do next?”. It is probably one of the biggest questions we all ask ourselves. And it is not limited to a particular stage in our career, or our life. However, I’m certain many PhD […]
So, your research program is winding up. That means you’re in the last two years of the funded period. You’ve got a plan for the research. You’ve got a plan for the IP. You’ve got a plan for the commercial activities. But what about the students and ECRs. What’s the plan for them? How will […]
Most PhDs don’t have a long term career in academia Stats from the US and the UK show that less than 10% of PhD graduates have a ten or more year career in academia. So, for those still in there that long – awesome work you’re one of the few. For those leaving, left or […]
It’s safe to say that I made early education decisions based on a lot of various influences. Although I’m sure I want the things I chose. Looking back I may have wanted them (or not) based on views of other people. For example, in VCE (the final years before university in Victoria, Australia) I chose […]
We have to network. It is the key to success. You want a job? 80% (or more) of the job market is filled through who you know (aka your network), not what you know (aka cold via a job ad). Collaborators? They come via your network. Industry partners? Your network.
If you want to build any muscle, you’ll know you need to do repetitions. Often in sets. So, to build your bicep you might do arm curls. Say ten repetitions (reps) in three sets separated by 30 seconds to one minutes. Therefore 30 in total in two to three minutes. The more we often we […]
Start with the transferable skills you identify yourself as having. Then combine that with the area you did your PhD in. In both cases you might need to increase the level of abstraction. So, if your transferable skill is technical writing, maybe think about it as writing more broadly. If your PhD is in biochemistry, […]
The short answer all! 😊 A PhD teaches a way of thinking about problems and solutions useful to all organisations.
When looking to change industries or careers, it can be hard to know what skills you have that other industries are interested in. That can make choosing a new sector, industry or job difficult. Identifying transferable skills is difficult. We can often see them in other people, but rarely in ourselves. Here are different approaches […]