When to Change Your Research Plan

When to Change Your Research Plan

Download as PDF Plans are good until they are not. That is, if things change, then your plan must change too. Often, researchers write a plan. Things change. They blame the plan. It is not right. It is not accurate.

Lifting Your Project Management Game

Lifting Your Project Management Game

If you're finding your current project or planning approach is not effective. If you're finding you're not getting the stuff you want to do done, then you need to change something. Change what you do or change what you plan.

How I Run My Social Media (and How You Can Do the Same)

How I Run My Social Media (and How You Can Do the Same)

Download as PDF I don’t think it’ll be news to you that I like social media, and I think it is VERY useful for academics. Not just for working with other academics, but to engage future students and share findings with a broader audience.

Using LinkedIn (As an Academic)

Using LinkedIn (As an Academic)

Download as PDF 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 […]

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