Professional development is an important aspect of any career – including an academic one.

Yet for most PhD students and graduates the focus is development of research-specific skills. Skills such as data collection, data analysis, visualisation and reporting. These are all great.

But what about skills necessary for, but not unique to research? Skills such as social media, word processes, dealing with your supervisors, career planning, grant writing, journal article writing or project management?

Never fear, Dr Richard Huysmans has got you covered.

Dr Huysmans can do in-house small and large groups. He can also add your team to a public program. Richard has been delivering on-line training for over 4 years, so he is well versed in what works and doesn’t work in both in-person and on-line environments.

Thesis Writing

Richard’s only written 1 PhD thesis But, he has helped heaps of PhD students write their thesis. From start to finish. Covering the necessary word processing skill, to engaging your supervisor for drafts, to compiling your publications into your thesis. In this program, Richard covers what’s required to write your thesis, puts forward a schedule to get it done in 15 weeks, and talks about what challenges you’ll face (and how you’ll overcome them). Dr Huysmans uses real world examples from his thesis writing program, and attendees can put forward their challenges too.


Getting your PhD started and finished in 3 years is a challenge. Let alone doing it without being fully organised or productive. In this training, Dr Richard Huysmans covers things researchers and PhD students can do to save time in the lab, at the bench, in front of a computer, collecting data, doing analysis or writing documents.

Career Planning

Climbing the corporate or academic ladder isn’t easy.

And, it is even harder in the absence of a plan.

But how do you plan a career? So much of it is down to chance and/or opportunities!

In this workshop Richard helps participants understand how they can plan their career using three different approaches.

We then look at implementing that plan, and what is needed for ongoing success.

Journal Article Writing

There are very few programs out there to support journal article writing. It is something that is assumed knowledge.

So much of the process is a black box. In this program Richard goes through Wendy Belcher’s book (writing your journal article in 12 weeks), as well as things he has learned writing his own published works and helping others in his writing program.

Working with Industry

Working with industry is the easiest way to fund your research. But how do you find a partner? How do you know what you have to offer? How do you know what they want?

In this workshop, Dr Richard Huysmans answers these questions using a series of practical tips and tricks. You’ll leave having a list of potential things you could do for industry; partners that might be interested in you; and an introduction email/statement to use with potential partners.

Grant Writing

Grant writing is often about the questions not covered in the application as much as the questions that are asked. This workshop covers the key things to consider when writing a grant, tender or proposal. It also looks at the differences between all three.

Finally, participants are given a guide to producing a competitive grant in less than four weeks – allowing you to respond to those special purpose grants, tenders or requests for proposal that never have long lead times. You’ll leave knowing the three things to focus on when trying to understand a new opportunity and how you can prepare those answers in advance.

Building Resilience

PhD students (and probably academics) have some of the highest rates of poor mental health among any profession and their age-matched-peers.

In this workshop, Dr Richard Huysmans goes through his journey, building resilience. As well as tools, techniques and strategies students, ECRs and established researchers can implement to improve their own resilience.

Project Management for Research

Project management in research is often talked about in the context of being a transferable skill. A skill you pick up in your PhD and research career that is useful outside research.

However, do you actually manage your research projects? Or do they manage you? Do you employ a project management approach?

Could you use Project Management language? Do you know the features and benefits of different approaches?

This workshop covers those things and more!

LinkedIn for Industry Engagement

LinkedIn is translated into more than 24 different languages. It crosses international boarders like no other social media. It is where business people go to grow and connect with other business people.

If you want work with industry – LinkedIn is the social media platform for you.

That’s why Dr Richard Huysmans has a dedicated program just for LinkedIn. You’ll come with a LinkedIn account and leave with new connections, post likes, post shares and a clearer goal for your LinkedIn profile.

Free Workshops

Fortnightly, on a Wednesday from 1230 to 1315 Richard runs a free online workshop.

Topics vary from resumes, to social media, to project management.

Attendance is free, but registration is essential.

They are all recorded and end up on YouTube and the Podcast.

Resume Writing

Leaving academia? Then you’ll need a resume. Not one of those academic ones – 30 pages is not going to cut it! You’ll need no more than 2. How is that possible?! In a half-day workshop (or series of one-on-one-coaching sessions) Richard goes through what employers are looking for and how to present that in your resume. If you bring your computer, you should leave with something close to a complete resume.

Social Media

Reputation. Personal brand. Esteem. Track record. They all mean the same thing. Yet we prioritise them differently in different situations. Academics regularly focus on building their track record – their academic reputation – but spend little time on their personal brand – their reputation outside academia. Social media is a quick, easy and accessible way of translating academic success into community impact. In this presentation Dr Huysmans covers a range of social media channels why you should (or should not) use them and how best to be successful on each. You’ll come with a social media account and leave with new connections, likes, shares as well as a clear strategy for making your chosen social media channel(s) work for your academic life.

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