You Don’t Need Another Qualification

You Don’t Need Another Qualification

As part of the COVID-19 crisis, I suggested people learn something new during that time (see what to do when you cannot do experiments). In some form or another, I've seen people take up that advice. Some people just enrolled in an online course. The first that stood out to them. Others asked […]

Should I finish my PhD? and Other Questions You Might Be Asking Yourself If You Want to Leave Academia

Should I finish my PhD? and Other Questions You Might Be Asking Yourself If You Want to Leave Academia

There are many reasons to do a PhD. Trust me, I’ve made a list. But few reasons to discontinue, intermit or leave a PhD (or academia). Beyond why you might leave, you should also consider what you should do on the way out. Hopefully these ideas will help you.

Five Ways to Improve Your Resume

Five Ways to Improve Your Resume

I wrote earlier on writing a better resume. It included some research on what makes a good resume. If you missed it, check it out. It is called Four Things to Writing a Better Resume. Building on that article, here are some other tips that I think will make your resume even better.

Routine or Superstition?

Routine or Superstition?

I was listening to a podcast called Against the Rules. Specifically the episode The Coach in Your Head. As of now (Oct 2020) the podcast has two series. One covers referees, and the other coaches. This particular episode is part of the series on coaches.

Four Tips for Writing a Better Resume

Four Tips for Writing a Better Resume

Even though the majority of jobs are filled through word of mouth, you still need a resume. In my experience, even if people hire you because they know you or you come highly recommended, they still ask for your resume. Either because they want to make sure you are the real deal or because they […]

If I Leave Academia – Should I Retrain and What Matters to Industry?

If I Leave Academia – Should I Retrain and What Matters to Industry?

Naturally, when you consider changing jobs you get a little nervous. You begin to ask yourself a range of reasonable, and unreasonable questions. Second guessing your knowledge and expertise. Wondering if are making the right decision to look for alternative work and wondering if the place […]

Eight Questions and Answers on Leaving Academia

Eight Questions and Answers on Leaving Academia

How many people leave academia after doing a PhD?a. The data says about 50% of PhD graduates will leave immediately after graduation. And, that only 8% (or less) will stay in academia for ten years or more. What do people with PhDs do?a. Academiab. Anything else

Setting Boundaries

Setting Boundaries

The one thing we all have the same amount of is time, and we all value it differently. Some people are happy to spend more time if they save money. For example, they might choose to build their own website, rather than have someone else do it. Even if their web-building knowledge is limited. […]

Dealing with Power Imbalances When Setting Boundaries

Dealing with Power Imbalances When Setting Boundaries

All of this is pretty straight forward, unless you have an unreasonable person in your life. Someone who expect you to be available when they are. Someone who wants a response within minutes to any email. Someone who expects you to answer the phone. In which case you’ll need to prepare yourself […]

Making the Most of a Bad Situation

Making the Most of a Bad Situation

Job losses – let alone those we’re living through now as a result of COVID – are tough to deal with.

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