Four Tips for Working with Industry as an Academic

The problem most academics have working with industry is that they assume industry is like them. So here are 4 tips to help you work with industry: (1) Remove your prejudice; (2) Understand their motivations; (3) Know their financial schedule; and (4) Time is precious Transcript: Four tips for working with industry. Number 1, remove […]

Eight Questions and Answers on Leaving Academia

Thinking about leaving academia? Here are 8 common questions and my answers. As with most things career related, there’s no right or wrong. There’s what you might like, and what you might not like. And, the only way you’ll know is by giving it a go. So, go on, give IT a go – whatever […]

Improving Your Social Media Strategy

Small gains in productivity can have a huge benefit long term. That’s the result of compounding. If you save a minute on a process that you do several times a day you might get 5 minutes extra per day or 30 hours in a year. So, making a small improvement to your social media game […]

When You’re a Hammer, Everything Looks Like a Nail

Being an academic and/or training to be one (e.g. PhD student) means that you view a lot of your skills and experiences in that light. However, if you ask others’ for their ideas you’ll find your skills are transferable. So, if you’re an academic (hammer) you’ll see everything as an academic skill (a nail). So, […]

Staying Focused on Your PhD

PhDs take forever. Well, it seems that way. Data on completion times suggests 7 years is the average. Yet, (Australian) universities are pushing 3 years, perhaps with a 6 month extension. So, how do you stay focused? Or, more to the point, what are the kinds of things that distract you from making meaningful progress […]

Nine Steps to Having Difficult Conversations with Your Supervisor

If tough conversations were easy, we’d all be having them, and they wouldn’t be called tough. They are tough for a reason or sometimes several reasons. However, there are things you can do to make them less tough. For example: • Agree on a framework for discussion before you need to have the tough conversation. […]