Six Things to Do to Be a Better PhD Supervisor

Six Things to Do to Be a Better PhD Supervisor

We need better PhD supervisors.1 Yes – students need to take control of their own destiny. Yes – students need to be more aware of their role in the research, and supervisory process. Yes – students should be self-informing about options beyond their PhD. But…

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?

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.

Should My PhD Supervisor Be a Mentor, Colleague or Boss?

Should My PhD Supervisor Be a Mentor, Colleague or Boss?

Starting a PhD is a big decision. And there are lots of choices to make. What university? What topic? What group? Not to mention your supervisor. Then of course there are the practicalities of life such as work, where you live, and who you live with.

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. […]

Another 13 Reasons to Do a PhD

Another 13 Reasons to Do a PhD

There are many reasons to do a PhD. Here are further 13. No judgment. Just a list. With an explanation for each. Adding to the 24 and 17 already published – making a total of more than 54.

A Further 17 Reasons to Do a PhD

A Further 17 Reasons to Do a PhD

There are many reasons to do a PhD. Here are further 17. No judgment. Just a list. With an explanation for each. This adds to the 24 already published.

Twenty-Four Reasons to Do a PhD

Twenty-Four Reasons to Do a PhD

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 inadequate. So, you […]

How to Identify Transferable Skills

How to Identify Transferable Skills

When looking to change industries or careers, it can be hard to know what skills you have that other industries are interested in. That can make choosing a new sector, industry or job difficult.

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