We’re delighted to share this guest blogpost by Alex Conner, Senior Lecturer in Medical Sciences at the University of Birmingham. Alex addresses some of the themes that he spoke about at the Vitae Hangout on "Successful career planning for researchers" alongside our own Fiona Colligan. His advice is clear and his experienced perspectives are useful to early … [Read more...] about Well into your PhD? 5 helpful career planning topics
We’re delighted to hear from a researcher who has wrestled with the post-phd limbo and come out the other side with an alt-ac career. Dr Rob Edwards has found a career that makes the most of the knowledge and skills he honed on his PhD – and builds new ones. Read on to find out how he found his alternative career path. In the beginning… I started my PhD … [Read more...] about My Alternative Academic (Alt-ac) Career – Guest blogger, Dr Rob Edwards
Our in-depth interview with full time consultant and entrepreneur, Rob Johnson continues. Last week we focused on the early days of creating a consultancy company. This week, we learn more about the ingredients for success in this sector. - You often work with other freelancers and indeed with academic consultants. Can you describe the ideal … [Read more...] about Consultancy reflections: An interview with Rob Johnson, founder of Research Consulting, Part 2
We’re very pleased to be able to feature an interview with full time consultant and entrepreneur, Rob Johnson. His interview is so full of useful reflections for anyone considering working as an academic consultant that I’ve split it into two parts. This week, the focus is on starting out. - You were once an employee at a University but have now set … [Read more...] about Creating a company: An interview with Rob Johnson, founder of Research Consulting, Part 1
We're delighted to have had so many responses to our survey on Career pathways following doctoral research. Many thanks for sharing to all 5199 of you, and indeed all those who helped us to promote the survey. You've helped to ensure that we could reach so many people and build a career path picture that could inspire and interest both other researchers and … [Read more...] about Our career paths survey: thanks for sharing!
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?
Last time, we looked at how to manage initial contact with your new client. In this post, Andrew Clappison expands on this to offer advice on what to expect after those initial discussions, and how to handle three possible scenarios: If your client is in a rush, then an initial talk might be all it takes to kick-start the project. However, it pays to … [Read more...] about Tips and tricks for managing new clients as an academic consultant (Part 2 of 2)
Managing clients is a key component of successful academic consultancy. In the first of two posts this week, our very own experienced consultant Andrew Clappison sets out a number of pointers to help you avoid common pitfalls on managing new client relationships. Avoiding such pitfalls will save you time and face, and ensure the relationships you are forming … [Read more...] about Tips and tricks for managing new clients as an academic consultant (Part 1 of 2)
Many people (especially researchers in the UK) will be familiar with the Vitae Researcher Development Framework (RDF). If you aren’t, it’s a tool that helps researchers understand the competencies required to improve their development as a researcher. It’s not new, but if you haven’t discovered it before it’s a useful yardstick by which to gauge your … [Read more...] about Can collaboration speed-up researcher development?
In part one I outlined the factors that steered me away from choosing the academic route. I had decided a career in university administration may be more suitable. Here, I consider which roles would be best for my skills and outline the role I've found. Part 2: digging deeper into the darkness! Once I had decided I was leaving academia, I talked to many … [Read more...] about Why I moved to the ‘Dark Side’ : Part two, leaving academia behind
‘So what are you doing now? . . . Oh so you have moved to the dark side then!’ This is the typical response that I get from former colleagues (in jest I might add!) about my switch from a postdoctoral research role to administration of the Research Technology Platforms (RTPs) at Warwick. They often wonder why I have made the switch from the ‘pure’ … [Read more...] about Going to the ‘Dark Side’ : Part one, thinking before moving away from academia