How to Make Marginal Gains in Your Research

How to Make Marginal Gains in Your Research

Like I said in earlier articles on reading, writing, and social media, marginal gains are small improvements that add up through the value of compounding. So, what small improvements can you make improve your workflow?

Twenty-One Questions Before You (Go Back to) Study (a PhD)

Twenty-One Questions Before You (Go Back to) Study (a PhD)

Twenty Questions for before you start or go back to studying (a PhD). They aren’t in any order. Just as they popped into my head.

Four Tips for Working with Industry as an Academic

Four Tips for Working with Industry as an Academic

Download as PDF The problem most academics have working with industry is that they assume industry is like them. The problem most industry has with academics is they assume academics are like them.

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?

Three Things to Do to Develop Your Transferable Skills

Three Things to Do to Develop Your Transferable Skills

Download as PDF There are lists all over the internet covering transferable skills. These are the skills that could be useful no matter what the industry or job you work in. Some lists are agnostic – e.g. skills of the future. Others are more specific to science or research.

Looking for Work in a Time of Crisis

Looking for Work in a Time of Crisis

COVID-19 has wacked economies for six across the world. In Australia, the unemployment rate is 5.2%.i Although government support and rebatesii will hopefully prevent catastrophic job losses, the expectation is the unemployment rate will jump to over 10%iii before the end of the COVID-19 crisis.

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?

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 as PDF 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 […]

Joining A Research Team Post PhD

Joining A Research Team Post 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 to Expect When Joining the Academy

What to Expect When Joining the Academy

So you’re considering a research career. Good on you! Firstly, let me say that research careers can in many colours, shapes, and flavours. Not all are the same. Not to mention that you don’t need to be in academia to do research. Nor do you need a PhD. And I’ve written about all of that in What […]

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