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.

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

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

Download as PDF 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 […]

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. […]

A 9-Step Guide to Having Tough Conversations with Your Supervisor

A 9-Step Guide to Having Tough Conversations with Your Supervisor

Download as PDF If tough conversations were easy, we’d all be having them, and they wouldn’t be called tough. They are tough for a reason. Or sometimes several reasons. Tough conversations could be almost any topic with almost anyone. But conversations with your supervisor or your entire […]

Five Things to Help You Manage a Distributed Team

Five Things to Help You Manage a Distributed Team

Download as PDF If you’re like me, then COVID-19 has begun to impact your work, family, and social life in so many ways. From budget cuts due to low student numbers; to long lines at the supermarket for groceries; to hording toilet paper just in case; to longer school holidays; and of course […]

Six Steps to a More Competitive and Organised Grant Application

Six Steps to a More Competitive and Organised Grant Application

Download as PDF 1. Prewrite as much as you can Most grants require sections that are similar to other grants. These include applicant bios; organisation bios; budget; and track record. Not to mention if you’re doing something that fits into a larger piece of work you like have a good idea of […]

Going It Alone Post Your PhD

Going It Alone Post Your PhD

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 […]

What Could Make a PhD Program Fail – Part 5

What Could Make a PhD Program Fail – Part 5

The is the final blog in the series on What could make a PhD program fail. This blog covers insufficient data about the program and its operations.

What Could Make a PhD Program Fail – Part 4

What Could Make a PhD Program Fail – Part 4

We’ve already looked at two other failure points – number of students and neglecting participants and knowledge transfer. Here, we look at making sure we plan well in advance of students starting – the fourth point of failure.

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