As researchers you have likely learnt, relearnt, unlearnt, and subsequently performed many tasks, experiments, and activities. Yet, have you ever stopped to ask why? Or to question if you are the most appropriate person to undertake that particular task?
CV writing is not something you need to do every day, not even every year. And some people might be lucky enough that they never need to write a CV. But, if you have to write one it can be tough to know what is in or what is out. Or, if you’re applying for […]
1. Problem solving: this should be the number one reason you do a PhD (not to get a job in research, but). You PhD should be all about developing your ability to identify a problem and then subsequently, develop and refine your ability to solve it. Be careful that your PhD does not cover the […]
Increasingly researchers are expected to develop and manage their own personal brand. This can (and does) cover many aspects of online and offline life. Initially, it began with social media. But websites have decreased in price and increased in accessibility so it’s now reasonable – and easy – to have you own! But how do […]
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?
When I started out in business, I was certain I had no formal preparation for the processes, procedures, and actions necessary for success. Yes, I know what I wanted to do, and what I wanted to sell. But the other stuff. The business stuff – I was sure I lacked that. And I did. I […]
Four apps that I use to help me run my practice. Gmail (but maybe moving to Outlook). Hubspot for managing customers, clients and collaborators. ASANA to manage projects, and tasks. Evernote for taking notes and capturing business card details.
Three grant writing tips: (1) know the policy context for the grant or proposal you are writing. (2) Prepare early. Know what you want to do before you write the application. Maintain an up-to-date version of this information. (3) Get a non-expert reviewer to review your grant. They’ll find the areas of implied knowledge or […]
How did I transition from academia to self-employed? In this video I cover the “insurance” I had, the people that supported me and the experiences that facilitated my success.