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. Tough conversations could be almost any topic with almost anyone. But conversations with your supervisor or your entire supervision panel or maybe some collaborators can be particularly difficult. There […]
PhD graduates are clearly capable of doing many things beyond the running of an individual research project. However, that is not always obvious to their potential employers. Here, I look at how to track, record and build transferable skills developed in your PhD or research career, so they can be made “accessible” to your potential […]
Conference presentations are a key part of academic success. And, if done well you can gain additional insight into your work, and perhaps gain new collaborators. And these things are great for the research. And by extension they are great for the career of the people involved. But what if you want more than that? […]
I struggled with this a bit myself for a while. I made videos for my various social media channels. Shared them. But it wasn’t until I recently that I set up a channel. And now I think the answer is – Yes, as an academic you should have a YouTube Channel.
We’ve been in various forms of lock-down and physical isolation for nearly two months. And, in Victoria (Australia) at least, we appear to be coming towards the last stages of the strictest forms of physical isolation. Returning to work in the office, seems not far off.
So, you’ve completed your PhD. What next? Do you stay in academia? Do you leave? If you stay do you work as a Post Doc with your supervisor? Or do you try to find another role in a different group, department, school, faculty, university or country?
There are lists all over the internet covering transferable skills. These are the skills that could be useful no matter what the industry or job you work in. Some lists are agnostic – e.g. skills of the future. Others are more specific to science or research.
No, I don’t want to see your dog! Video conferencing is all the rage at the moment. There’s nothing like a global pandemic to encourage use of technology that has been around for ages and should have been used more. From offices, to schools to universities everyone is jumping on the video conference bandwagon.
COVID-19 is causing many governments to enforce social isolation measures. Success as an academic or PhD might, at times require social isolation. However, it is not cool when everyone else is forced to be at home with us. So, how are you coping? What are you doing? What work are you able to focus on […]
Getting funding as a researcher – let alone an early career researcher or PhD student – is increasingly difficult. Particularly in the form of competitive grants. However, one source that remains somewhat untapped and under utilised is industry-funded research. In order to get access to industry funds, researchers need to find partners.