When you start out on your own, there are two things you’ll want to get sorted early on: a website and an email address. The former will help people to find out what you do and the latter will help them get in touch with you. Linking them both to your own domain gives you a professional persona for academic consultancy. Buying a domain, and creating a … [Read more...] about How to create a professional persona for academic consultancy
Archives for November 2016
In this guest blogpost we hear from Dr Jenna Lane. She tells an inspiring story of how a career can take shape when you know what you love doing and can recognise opportunities – even if you still don’t know what you want to be when you ‘grow up’. I didn’t have a clue what I wanted to be when I grew up. I had passing thoughts of being a doctor (too much … [Read more...] about What do you want to be when you grow up?
We're delighted to feature an interview with a researcher who has a real enthusiasm for her work. This interview with Dr Olivia Kirtley provides a welcome reminder of all the good that research can do. Tell us about the work you do. I am a postdoctoral research psychologist in the Suicidal Behaviour Research Laboratory (SBRL) at the University of … [Read more...] about Interview with Dr Olivia Kirtley: Dismantling presumption
I believe that everyone in academia, especially those who are not English native speakers, has to, once in a while, write in a language that is not their mother tongue - be it simply an email, a job application or a paper submission to a journal. In Brazil, most universities offer translation services when an academic wants to submit a paper to important … [Read more...] about How to write in a language that is not your own
This guest blogpost by piirus.ac.uk member Doug Rocks-Macqueen looks at estimated numbers to enhance our understanding of the academic job availability across the disciplines in the UK. Academic jobs— PhD students and Early Career Researchers are told they are either handing them out like candy or that the job market is like a dystopian young adult novel … [Read more...] about Got (or getting) your PhD? Great! But, how likely are you to land an academic job?
Our recent series began with piirus.ac.uk correspondent Kathy McKay's post on the portfolio career. Then we heard from a researcher-librarian and guest blogger, Beth Hellen, before our new correspondent Sarah Wayland reflected on how she might have been better prepared for the precarious transitionary period after her PhD. Next, another piirus.ac.uk team … [Read more...] about Everyone has their own career path: our blog series & the essence of post-phd careers
Wanting to write A few months ago, the fiercely brilliant writer Cory Taylor died. In the time before the cancer became fiercer than her, she wrote ‘Dying: A Memoir’ as a way to make sense of death, of what was happening to her. It’s a beautiful book. A section that struck me, was when she talked of not having a bucket list: “From the age of … [Read more...] about Writing through a fear of writing – featuring 3 most helpful steps.
This is our first blogpost from our new piirus.ac.uk social media correspondent, Dr Luana Chiquetto. Luana is based in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and we’re delighted that she is able to broaden the international perspective of our team! In this post she describes some of the highs and lows of the post-phd career landscape that she observes. I'm not the only one … [Read more...] about I got a PhD: Now what? Discovering the post-phd career landscape
In our previous post we looked at hyper-competition for permanent research careers in academia. While only a small proportion of PhD qualified candidates will end up in academia, this seems to be the most obvious career path for doctoral students. Some figures suggest that as many as 80% of candidates studying towards a PhD aspire to an academic … [Read more...] about Employer perspectives of PhD graduates
In preparation for our survey on career pathways after doctoral research, we tried to find out as much as we could about the current academic job market. One thing that became clear is amount of competition for post-PhD positions across the world. Anecdotal evidence suggests a postdoctoral position in Australia can attract around 145 candidates¹, while in … [Read more...] about Career pathways post-PhD – the impact of increased competition
A key learning for me as founder of piirus.ac.uk is the tendency in the UK to assume that every country has the equivalent to the ac.uk domain, which denotes a connection with an academic institution. I've found out that many countries don't have this and depend instead on commercial, free email accounts. I've had many researchers contact me and express … [Read more...] about Removing the academic email address requirement at piirus.ac.uk
As we’ve been looking a lot at post-phd career paths lately, we’re delighted to feature this guest blogpost from Irene Garcia Losquino, in which she shares a great technique for researchers to identify their skills (both academic and transferable). When I was eight years old, my mother asked what I wanted to be when I grew up. I did not hesitate: ‘I want … [Read more...] about Tricks from an expert: how to identify your skills and boost your confidence