How Will I know If My PhD Topic Is a Good One?

PhD students regularly stress of selecting the “right” topic. But it is not something that you can know when you start. The important thing is to recognise that each change you make to your original idea is likely to increase the time it takes to complete your PhD. Today, I was talking to some people […]

Four Tips to Increase Citations and Industry Uptake of Your Work

Want to increase the citations of your work? Try: 1. Long descriptive titles. 2. Promoting it on social media. 3. Let the authors you cite know about your work. 4. Write multi-author papers. 5. Repeat! Transcript: I work a lot with academics, and I work a lot with academics trying to connect with industry. One […]

Six Steps to Building Your Website

Building a website is easy – but there’s lots that might confuse so… In six steps: 1. Choose a domain name (your name is easiest). 2. Register with an all-in-one provider (they’ll register the name, host the website and provide a content management system). 3. Decide on what you will cover/focus on. Just research? Or […]

Social Media in Research and Why LinkedIn is Best

There are lots of social media options available these days. The popular ones being Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Academics have tended to use Twitter, but I think LinkedIn is better in many situations. Hi there! Today, I thought I’d take a closer look at a section from the Connect the Docs. The book that […]

Five Streams of Work to Transition into

Sometimes your current role is not exactly what you want to do in life or at the moment. And, in those cases it may seem like there are not many options. But, in reality there are lots. Most don’t require retraining. And most can be trialed via/within your current role. Transcript: I guess as we […]

Three Tips for Writing Grants Faster

Three tips for writing grants faster: – Pre-write sections – Plan writing the specific grant – Re-apply if/when you are unsuccessful Transcript: If you’re thinking about putting together a grant or perhaps writing more grants. What are some tips that I have for you to make them more competitive or to get more organised? I […]

Q&A from BSc Students

At a careers session at Monash University, I got asked some really great questions. So, I thought I’d ask and answer them again here so everyone can benefit. Transcript: I just went to an event at Monash uni talking about careers beyond science bachelor’s degree. So no we’re not talking about people with PhDs at […]

Using MS Word to Write Your Thesis

So often I hear “What program should I use to write my thesis?”. And like photographers say, the best camera is the one you have with you, the best program to write your thesis with is the one you have. Most people have MS Word. Yet, many overlook it for other programs (e.g. Scrivener). Or […]