Reporting Your Success

Reporting Your Success

Previously I wrote about measuring your success. And the next obvious step after measuring is to report (or at the very least note down or record). Hopefully, you have spent a little bit of time – not heaps, but not none – investigating what success means to you, and how you can measure it.

How Are You Measuring Your Success?

How Are You Measuring Your Success?

There are lots of ways to measure academic success: Publications Presentations Supervision Grants Patents

Being a More Creative Grant, Proposal or Social Media Writer

Being a More Creative Grant, Proposal or Social Media Writer

One of the things about grant, proposal and thesis writing is the need to be creative. Not to make stuff up, but to be creative in order to make the writing interesting. And, even if you're not interested in being creative in those pursuits, surely you see the need to be creative on social […]

When You’re a Hammer, Everything Looks Like a Nail

When You’re a Hammer, Everything Looks Like a Nail

Just like everything looks like a nail if you are a hammer, your PhD appears academic when all of your skills are presented in that context. Similarly, people in other sectors will have the same problem. They’ll see how their skills are specific to their sector.

If I Were a Vice-Chancellor

If I Were a Vice-Chancellor

Universities and research are going through a tough time at the moment. Researchers/scientists are seen as less and less relevant – think climate change, vaccines, genetically modified crops, medicinal marijuana. Employment as an academic researcher has lost its shine. Degreesare being devalued. […]

What Does It Take to Become an Academic Researcher?

What Does It Take to Become an Academic Researcher?

I guess the first question to ask and answer is what is an academic researcher? To me an academic researcher – or just an academic – is someone employed at a university who uses specific investigative techniques in order to improve their (and therefore humanity’s) understanding of the world.

Two Essential Bits of Advice Grant Writers Never Give You

Two Essential Bits of Advice Grant Writers Never Give You

In Australia, Christmas is a time for seeing family, having fun, eating heaps and doing it all outdoors – fun in the sun.

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