We’re delighted to bring you a blogpost from Arun Verma, PhD student at University of Dundee (who has just submitted his thesis). Arun is also one of our past correspondents, who writes today as a guest blogger. Recent conversations with colleagues have kept bringing up this notion that academic research is a game to be played. (It's also something that … [Read more...] about Playing the research game
Let’s talk about mental health in academia. I know we sometimes don’t like to talk about it much. We’d rather talk about anything else than talk about mental health - but we need to talk. Recently, a study by Lavecque and colleagues showed that: One in two PhD students experiences psychological distress; one in three is at risk of a common psychiatric … [Read more...] about Mental Health in Academia: Lets talk about it.
Sometimes when life insists on throwing sticks and stones at us, and we feel tired and uninspired, that is when we turn to other people for solace and inspiration. Recently we’ve been talking about how we need a mentor or a guardian angel in our academic lives, and sometimes a role model is just what we need. We thought that it would be nice to share our … [Read more...] about Talking about role models . We share ours with you.
Continuing the theme of consideration, self-care, and work-life balance, I would like to share with you my experience of #PhDlife overload which I encountered last term. As a PhD student with high ambitions and an equally high mortgage payment, I have tendency to say 'yes' to most things and up until now it has served me well. By saying 'yes' and having … [Read more...] about What I learned when I took on too much: I am not a PhD superhero
As we begin 2017, perhaps some of you will have taken a seasonal break from your work. Or perhaps you worked right through: it can be hard to take time out from research and academic life. Some of you might be making New Year's resolutions and perhaps one of them might be to think of your work-life balance. With this in mind, our blog is taking a look at … [Read more...] about Saying No: Why it’s important to be brave
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?
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 this final blogpost of a trilogy (read part one and part two first!), Dr Christopher Ferguson tells of his latest career direction, and how he has been able to identify opportunity. I’ve found it difficult to make it in the private sector, at least in terms of working for other people. The problem is getting a chance. One opportunity came to me through … [Read more...] about A Post PhD Career Journey in 3 Parts. Part Three: Looking for Opportunity
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?
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