Using LinkedIn (As an Academic)

Using LinkedIn (As an Academic)

If you’re not sure how to use LinkedIn, perhaps think of it as a research conference.

On Having Non-Work Time

On Having Non-Work Time

I'm a believer in making sure you have non-work time. You really need a good range of activities to keep your mind and body fresh. Even if you love work, and what you do for money is never "work". Or even if you love your PhD and it is never "difficult". Diverse interests will make you more […]

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.

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 […]

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.

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 […]

A Quick Guide to Strategy in Research

A Quick Guide to Strategy in Research

Culture eats strategy for breakfast is a quote often attributed to Peter Drucker1. And although I agree that the culture of a research group will have a large impact on overall performance, I am not overly convinced that researchers pay strong attention to strategy or culture. Indeed, you only […]

Is Your Research Project Agile?

Is Your Research Project Agile?

Project management is a key part of academic research. Indeed, it is often put forward as a transferable skill. Although many academics are good at managing projects, my experience suggests many are not aware of the various approaches, resources and terminology used in project management. Thus, […]

Project Management for Research

Project Management for Research

Project management in research is often talked about in the context of being a transferable skill. A skill you pick up in your PhD and research career that is useful outside research. However, do you actually manage your research projects? Or do they manage you? Do you employ a project […]

Do the Reps

Do the Reps

If you want to build any muscle, you’ll know you need to do repetitions. Often in sets. So, to build your bicep you might do arm curls. Say ten repetitions (reps) in three sets separated by 30 seconds to one minute. Therefore 30 in total in two to three minutes. The more we often we do that (say […]

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