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!
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
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
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?
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?
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
Finding out about academic career breaks turns out to be quite a challenge. You can help us by taking part in our survey, but I'd like to share with you what we've found out so far. To begin, I’d like to draw your attention to some stark statistics related to academic career progression, with sincere apologies for their binary nature: The academic … [Read more...] about Building a picture of the impact of academic career breaks
Guest blogger Scott Reeves is Professor in Interprofessional Research at the Centre for Health & Social Care Research, Kingston & St George’s, University of London, UK. He is also Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Interprofessional Care. Here he talks about the research landscape within interprofessional education. Over the past 20 years of … [Read more...] about Interprofessional education – considering the research agenda
In this guest blogpost Kate Reynolds explains how researchers in education could maximise the impact of their research and introduces a tool to enable teachers and teacher educators to find and access the best of academic research to support their professional practice. There’s a lot of talk about the need to make research impactful, relevant and … [Read more...] about Harnessing the power of research for teachers and teacher educators
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