50% of people doing a PhD in Australia DON’T WANT an academic career. And indeed, (internationally) the data show they pretty much leave academia upon graduation.
If you WANT an academic career what can you do? How can you increase your chance of success?
I know that academic careers are not for the faint of heart. But, they don’t need to be as difficult or as complex as established academics would have you believe.
I have worked with Early Career Researchers (ECRs) from all disciplines and helped them turn their passion for research into an academic career.
ECR, Monash University
Dr. Stephanie Cheah
Lecturer, Monash Malaysia
Dr. David Hocking
Lokapriya Nandan Basavanna
Quality Assurance Associate, Medical Devices
Dr Darnel Prakoso
Monash Institute of Phamaceutical Sciences
Dr Allegra Schermuly
If you’re up for the challenge of an academic career, perhaps you’re also up for the challenge of working with me?
It won’t be easy. I’ll hold you account to your goals. I’ll call out your BS. But I’ll also have your back.
If you’d like to work with me, I’d love to hear more about you.
I can also come and speak to your ECR cohort on topics such as grant writing, social media to translate your research, industry engagement, resume writing and (of course) career development.
Through your coaching we have learned quite a bit about ourselves and gained an understanding of the careers we want to pursue. We also have a better understanding of how to become more visible online and create connections on LinkedIn and other digital platforms.Tim Tucey, Researcher
There are lots of career coaches out there, but few focus on academics and PhD students.
And, even fewer have PhDs themselves and have strong experience working within the academic system.
What’s involved in coaching I hear you ask?
Well, there are three programs I run:
Groups – operating for 12 months with between 10 and 20 people. Everyone has their own goals. We meet monthly as a group via Zoom. Each month we discuss your goals and progress towards them. There are also 3 one-on-one sessions with me. In those sessions we set and track your individual progress.
Three months 1:1 – as the name suggests. It goes for 3 months. It is 1:1. So just you and me. We meet fortnightly. There are tasks each fortnight as well as other stuff you might set yourself. I keep you accountable to your own goals and progress. Together, we’ll set a high-level goal for you, as well as more immediate things to achieve. Sessions are via Zoom, and are recorded. You can review and revisit as you see fit.
Six months 1:1 – also just like the name suggests. And much like the 3 month coaching, meetings are fortnightly. Recorded. You’ll be held to account. We’ll set high-level goals. And weekly tasks.
And, of course, you could just book an ad hoc session or series of sessions.
Dr Ruth Wagstaff