How many hours would you say you work a week? We've talked a lot about managing workloads lately on our blog, from imagining an alternative academic career to productivity hacks, but we all tiptoe around the topic of actual working time and the harsh realities of working flexibly. This topic holds a particular interest to me as my PhD is on flexible work, … [Read more...] about Working 5 to 9: how many hours are enough?
Researchers in popular culture have not only kicked arse and saved the world but have also worn brilliant cardigans Inspired by the 20th anniversary of the cultural touchstone that is Buffy the Vampire Slayer (and trust that the author says this in all seriousness), this post is dedicated to celebrate the awesomeness of research - and the awesomeness of … [Read more...] about A Critical Ka-Pow – Researchers in popular culture
Minimalism can be a strange beast. Right now, my life’s possessions consist of: 1. one small tortoiseshell cat; 2. one (admittedly squished) wardrobe’s worth of clothes; 3. four blankets; and, 4. eight boxes that I can pick up, mostly filled with books, art, and all my cake tins. You know – the vital things to life. I used … [Read more...] about The Academic Art of Minimalism
Some academics do seem to be wedded to their research, but let’s leave the marriage metaphors aside. This post is all about choosing which academic work commitments you say ‘yes’ to. At the beginning of this year, I wrote a post on why it was important to be able to say ‘No’. It is a way to create some kind of balance, a way to … [Read more...] about Before you say Yes: 3 questions to ask yourself (And I’m not talking about marriage!)
We’ve been looking at the theme of “saying no” recently on the piirus.ac.uk blog. Our regular correspondent Andrew Clappison took this theme as a chance to acknowledge that knowing when to say ‘no’ to social media can be incredibly valuable. While piirus.ac.uk is a natural fan of social media, I know it can also be a big black hole. It’s far too easy to … [Read more...] about Your personal social media strategy, or Knowing when to say ‘No’ to social media
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
Irrespective of which hemisphere you currently live in, the conversation about academic leave this holiday season can bring up some uncomfortable truths for those studying or working. Social Media correspondent Sarah Wayland explores the conundrum of ‘to stop or not to stop’ when those around you take leave… A few weeks ago, I began as a Post-Doc Research … [Read more...] about Rethinking leave – to stop or not to stop this holiday season
Recently an article I wrote with a colleague went viral. We had media interest over two days from all over the world. There was even an article by the Science Editor in The Times, which feels a strange thing to say about a little essay. The article has been published in over 30 languages across 1,000 media outlets. Because it was just a little … [Read more...] about Going viral: 3 tips to help you through
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
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
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
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?
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
To accompany the launch of our Piirus Match service for those seeking academic consultants, and Piirus Associate status for piirus.ac.uk members seeking opportunities in academic consultancy, we've created new resources on this theme. Our aim is to help researchers to understand more about academic consultancy. Our guide to preparing for academic consultancy … [Read more...] about Infographic on academic consultancy activities and opportunities
What we found out about differences and impacts based on discipline, gender and career stage. If you missed our big Twitter reveal to the poll question: 'Of those who returned to work part-time after a career break, what percentage were women?', the answer was 75%. So of our respondents who work part-time, three quarters are women, and with part-time … [Read more...] about A preview of the career break landscape