Leaving academia – 2022

Description Academia isn’t for everyone. Yet, the academia can make some people feel like doing a PhD = staying in academia for ever. And, for others, leaving the academy is a last resort. Through no fault of yours, an ongoing academia career is not possible. And, other still, have different reasons for leaving. At the […]

Science Pathways Sustainable Careers

On 10 Dec, I’ll be speaking at the Science Pathway Sustainable Careers event. Talk about How to be Successful.  Science Pathways is back in 2021 and promises to be bigger and better than ever.  The future of Australia’s knowledge economy calls for an empowered and well-supported cohort of early- and mid-career researchers (EMCRs). We acknowledge that […]

Looking for Work

Looking for work is one of the hardest career activities you will do. Despite the so-called resilience of researchers and being used to grant or journal rejections – the job-hunting process can take things to the next level. Richard went through some key aspects when looking for work. He covered a process you can follow. […]

How I Apply the Run-Walk-Run Strategy to Work

There are lots of things we can learn from other people and other disciplines and sectors. Me, I’ve taken the run-walk-run strategy and applied it to work. Yep – that’s the pomodoro technique. Followed the timer STRICTLY. I learnt: The app matters. My endurance increased. My satisfaction increased. Stop-start was initially difficult but now easy. […]

How I Apply the Run-Walk-Run Strategy to Work

There are lots of things we can learn from other people and other disciplines and sectors. Me, I’ve taken the run-walk-run strategy and applied it to work. Yep – that’s the pomodoro technique. Followed the timer STRICTLY. I learnt: The app matters. My endurance increased. My satisfaction increased. Stop-start was initially difficult but now easy. […]

Podcasts I Listen to (and Why)

We’re all listening to podcasts now. However, it is mainly for entertainment. Yet, podcasts exist on many different topics. So, if you’re thinking about a career change, or upskilling, or retraining – find some related podcasts. Have a listen. You might learn something new and save yourself time or hassle in the process. And, if […]

Writing a Better Thesis, Dissertation or Journal Article

Getting better at writing is one of the best ways to increase your research output. Yet, we spend very little time learning or practicing writing. So here are 5 tips to improve your writing: Read the style of writing you want to write. Write assuming people will skim and skip sections. Use subheadings. Don’t write […]

A Better Way to Read Journal Articles

Getting better at reading is one of the best ways to increase your research output. Yet, we spend very little time learning or practicing reading or recalling what we’ve read. So here are 5 tips to improve your reading and recall: Take notes as you read, not only when you write. Use a citation manager. […]