Twelve Questions to Consider When Changing PhD Topic

Twelve Questions to Consider When Changing PhD Topic

Should I change my PhD topic? I'm sure many of you have asked yourself that question.

Eleven Things I’ve Learned About Running Writing Groups

Eleven Things I’ve Learned About Running Writing Groups

Over the last 6 months I’ve been running 3 writing groups focused on social media, thesis, and journal article writing. Here’s what I’ve learned:

Simplifying Research Project Management

Simplifying Research Project Management

Project management is too complex, and therefore project management in research is regularly avoided. BUT - researchers can fix that with some simple approaches.

It is Okay to Feel Nervous (Anxious Even)

It is Okay to Feel Nervous (Anxious Even)

In Victoria (Australia) the past week has seen as shift closer to long term COVID normal. The major change has been that larger employers can have staff back onsite at between 50% and 75% capacity. 

A Better Model to Support University Collaborations

A Better Model to Support University Collaborations

I've helped a number of university-to-university collaborations get established and then operate. And that got me thinking about models of support that could do both - (1) support the initiative, and; (2) freely give out the advice to use their model without that advice having bias as well. Or […]

How to Promote Your Research on Social Media

How to Promote Your Research on Social Media

In my experience there are two types of researchers promoting their content on social media. Those who do nothing, and those who say, “I’m so excited to announce my paper on [something] was published [somewhere].” Of course, there are a few who do what I suggest below (read on). But not many.

Having Tough Conversations with Your Students

Having Tough Conversations with Your Students

Just like talking to your superiors can be tough, so too can talking to your students.  Indeed, there are many similarities.

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.

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

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