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.

Eight Tips to Leverage Your Conference Presentation

Eight Tips to Leverage Your Conference Presentation

Conference presentations are a key part of academic success. And, if done well you can gain additional insight into your work, and perhaps gain new collaborators. And these things are great for the research. And by extension they are great for the career of the people involved. But what if you […]

Three Approaches to Planning Your Career

Three Approaches to Planning Your Career

Download as PDF I am often asked to join careers panels. And one of the things that always happens is the discussion of your career path. How you got to where you are now. These stories are always presented as if we were moving forward. But the reality is we can only see the connecting threads […]

Four Things to Look for in Your First Job

Four Things to Look for in Your First Job

Download as PDF So, you’ve completed your PhD. What next? Do you stay in academia? Do you leave? If you stay do you work as a Post Doc with your supervisor? Or do you try to find another role in a different group, department, school, faculty, university or country?

Thirty-Two Things to Do When You’ve Got Two Weeks Hiatus

Thirty-Two Things to Do When You’ve Got Two Weeks Hiatus

Download as PDF If you have not already, you will probablyget two weeks hiatus in the coming days. For most, this will be in response to COVID-19.Across the world, organisations, countries, cities, and states are encouragingor enforcing two weeks of isolation as a way to reduce the impact of […]

Just Because You Can, Doesn’t Mean You Should

Just Because You Can, Doesn’t Mean You Should

As researchers you have likely learnt,relearnt, unlearnt, and subsequently performed many tasks, experiments, andactivities. Yet, have you ever stopped to ask why? Or to question if you arethe most appropriate person to undertake that particular task?

Nine Ways to Increase Awareness and Citations of Your Research Work

Nine Ways to Increase Awareness and Citations of Your Research Work

Download as PDF In this day and age of funding, university rankings, knowledge transfer and impact it is not simply enough to publish research, it also needs to be used. To be cited by other researchers. To be put into practice by researchers as well as those beyond the research field.

How to Be a Good PhD Student

How to Be a Good PhD Student

Despite my best efforts I have not been able to find much published work on how to be a good PhD student. I’m not talking about the qualities of a PhD student – such as organisation or perseverance. I’m not talking about good PhD programs – such as planning, professional development and good […]

Fifty-Four Reasons to Do a PhD

Fifty-Four Reasons to Do a PhD

Download as PDF 1. Avoid looking for work – Looking for work is a long process. Especially when you are first joining the workforce. Building your CV is hard. It has to be a short document, but you’re struggling to think of what to include and what to take out. Regardless your CV feels […]

Networking for Introverts

Networking for Introverts

Whether using social media or standing around at a meet and greet or participating at a conference, networking isn’t the easiest thing to do if you are an introverted or shy person.

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