It’s 10 years ago, to this month, that I began my PhD. To be frank, I have no idea where that time has gone or what has happened to the career path I was supposed to follow. As I sit now and reflect on that time, and ask myself what my PhD colleagues are up to now, one thing becomes very obvious: A PhD is not a fast-streamed way into a specific career – not … [Read more...] about A PhD is a rosette, not a career path
Following on from last week when he set off on a post-PhD career journey, our correspondent Dr Christopher Ferguson explores more of his career path. Having found a promising direction, that of supporting researchers with their grant applications, I needed to find out more about such roles at the University. The first thing that I started doing was taking … [Read more...] about A Post PhD Career Journey in 3 Parts. Part Two: The Marginal (Career) Advantage
Following on from our recent guest blogpost in which Dr Beth Hellen turned to academic librarianship, here we trace a different post-phd career path. In this first of three blogposts on his career journey, our correspondent Dr Christopher Ferguson shares the significant moments that set him on his path. What are the open paths after a… let’s call it a… … [Read more...] about A Post-PhD Career Journey in 3 Parts. Part One: Significant Moments
Following on from our recent blogposts on whether a PhD student is an ECR and exploring what a portfolio career can be, I'm delighted to introduce our new social media correspondent Sarah Wayland, with her debut blogpost for piirus.ac.uk I have recently passed the first anniversary of my graduation, a day that had been many years in the making from … [Read more...] about How could I have prepared better for post-PhD life?
We’re delighted to share this blogpost by piirus.ac.uk member Dr Beth Hellen who explains a little about her path from PhD to career librarian and how she got to where she is now. Her career decision-making process provides a useful example for other early career researchers who aren’t so sure any more about seeking a traditional academic post. For 15 … [Read more...] about Guest post: From PhD to career librarian: a bold leap or a natural step?
A few weeks ago, I was told that I had a good example of an academic portfolio career. I love labels – they make wonky things sound so much prettier. So I obviously googled ‘portfolio career’ to see what I was doing. Having a portfolio career is where you don’t have one full-time job at one location – you have two or more (often more) … [Read more...] about How do you make a portfolio career work for you?
Following on from Kathy's excellent tips on getting started with Twitter earlier on this blog, here are my top three tips on building your academic Twitter presence in the most efficient way possible, to save time and find both content and contacts of interest to you. 1. Follow others: our matching service and our lists If you're a member … [Read more...] about 3 ways to save time when building an academic Twitter profile
This week (19th - 25th Sept 2016) is Peer Review Week, and the focus is on recognition for those who carry it out. The event means that some of my favourite blogs like the Scholarly Kitchen and publisher organisations like ALPSP or publishers themselves are all talking about ways that we could improve peer review, often engaging with researchers too. For … [Read more...] about Peer Review Week 2016: reviews in the open
We try to be an inclusive bunch at piirus.ac.uk, recognising that researchers come in all shapes and sizes, not to mention countries and disciplines. The variety of the research community is what makes it so wonderful, and is one of the reasons why collaboration can create such unique opportunities for us all. But what about those who don't always feel … [Read more...] about Am I a PhD ECR? What is an Early Career Researcher?
A few Sundays ago, I spent the afternoon with a colleague making felt animals to match the story ‘Dear Zoo’. All of this was done on a steep learning curve – I am deeply uncrafty with a knowledge of children’s literature bound to feminist deconstructions of fairytales and ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’. But my friend needed help – she needed felt characters … [Read more...] about On small goodnesses
We were at this conference in 2015 and it's always a great place to meet people in our sector. This year we're presenting on the results of our academic career breaks survey and we have a poster, which looks at research collaboration and what it takes to run one. If you are also going to be there, then please do take a look at our poster! If you're not going … [Read more...] about 12 & 13 Sept: the Vitae Researcher Development International Conference 2016
We at piirus.ac.uk love finding ways to connect researchers with opportunities! With our new Piirus Associate option, which opens up academic consultancy possibilities, or with our classic profile-matching service for all members. Many opportunities arise through making connections with other researchers - often across disciplinary and national … [Read more...] about Summer 2016: piirus.ac.uk members seeking collaboration
As a team, we're rather international: Jenny is based in Germany and Kathy splits her time between Nuaru and Australia. Even our UK based colleagues are across the whole length of the nation, from Fiona and Chris in Scotland, via Emma in England's North East, Heather and University of Warwick colleagues in the midlands, to Andrew in Cornwall. We're … [Read more...] about Collaborating on an international scale: our tips
Prior to the EU referendum, Nature surveyed nearly a thousand researchers in the UK, the vast majority of which felt Brexit would be “very harmful” to UK Science. Wherever you sit in the Brexit debate there is no denying that, post-Brexit, there will be implications for the science and research community. This blog post looks at two areas that … [Read more...] about Brexit and the UK researcher: an uncertain path
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the volume of tasks you have to do. Whether that’s for the day, the week or more long term. At work, or even at home. In this post I’ll share some tips to make your to do list more effective, and invite you to take the next step to super power your productivity. I find that the only way to counter that overwhelming … [Read more...] about Task management and the art of the to do list