According to research from the UK, 2/3 of final year PhD students are unclear on what they want to do after their PhD. And about 1/3 (30%) of PhD graduates would not do the their PhD again. I think the two are linked. That not know what you want to do next means you get […]
Academic research is increasingly collaborative across all disciplines.1,2,3,4 Yet being more collaborative does not necessarily increase productivity – certainly not on a per-author basis.5 Thus, as an ECR or PhD student it is a legitimate question to ask – should I join a team, build a team or go it alone? To be clear I’m […]
Despite my best efforts I have not been able to find much published work on how to be a good PhD student. I’m not talking about the qualities of a PhD student – such as organisation or perseverance. I’m not talking about good PhD programs – such as planning, professional development and good supervisors. I’m […]
What do I do? I help people getting a PhD or those who already have a PhD answer the question “What next?”.
There are many skills that I developed during my PhD that have been useful beyond it. In this video I go through several, as well as suggest some things you could do to prepare for your life beyond your PhD or current role.
One of the biggest problems in a PhD program is lack of students. More students means greater peer support. More students also means many events and activities are more cost effective (or less dollars per student).
At the recent IMNIS event on building an industry career, three questions came from the audience that I thought were useful to write about in a little more detail. Q1) – When should I transfer to industry? My thoughts 1) – There is no right on wrong time, just the time. If you think that […]
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’ll always think of myself as a researcher. The research skills I learned in my PhD I apply daily as a consultant. So, no matter what I do beyond my PhD I’ll still think of myself as a researcher. Indeed, I’d say anyone who has done a PhD could still think of themselves as a […]
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 […]