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

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 […]

Six Things to Do to Be a Better PhD Supervisor

Six Things to Do to Be a Better PhD Supervisor

We need better PhD supervisors.1 Yes – students need to take control of their own destiny. Yes – students need to be more aware of their role in the research, and supervisory process. Yes – students should be self-informing about options beyond their PhD. But…

Are You Really Networking?

Are You Really Networking?

How well do you know your graduating cohort? The other week I was asked to deliver a talk about using social media to help translate research into practice. The invite came from a Monash University alumna, who also happens to be a family member. In the audience were other Monash University […]

Five Skills I Can Use to Develop My Career Beyond My PhD

Five Skills I Can Use to Develop My Career Beyond My PhD

Download 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 […]

How to Get a Mentor

How to Get a Mentor

There are often cries in research “you should have a mentor” but what does that mean, and how do you even get one? IMHO a mentor is someone who has been through some of the things you are going through and can provide advice, guidance, and suggestions on the types of actions and approaches you […]

Six Steps to a More Competitive and Organised Grant Application

Six Steps to a More Competitive and Organised Grant Application

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