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?
Our correspondent, Kathy McKay explains her approach to the need for flexibility of location that so often comes along with having academic career goals. In my last post, I spoke about my minimalist approach to possessions – the fewer things I own, the easier I find moving when a job is offered. I have learned exactly what is precious enough to move with … [Read more...] about Have academic career goals, will travel
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
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
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!
We’re delighted to feature this co-authored guest blogpost by Lynn Kamerlin (Uppsala University) and Gareth O’Neill (Leiden University). Read on to learn more about the crisis that those with a PhD are facing, as well as ideas for how the problems could be addressed. The number of doctoral candidates produced by European Universities is increasing at a … [Read more...] about Glass Ceilings and Revolving Doors: a Crisis for European Doctoral Candidates
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
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 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 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?
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)
This year, my third PhD student will graduate and – to happy-dance quite a bit – will receive the Chancellor’s Medal as well. Each graduation has been so exciting. My three PhD students are extraordinary and being part of their projects, helping in whatever way I could, has been an incredible experience over the last few years. It’s been all the more … [Read more...] about Being a supervisor – 3 things I’ve learnt
As regular readers may know, I have been taking part in the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) from the Thesis Whisperer of the ANU in Canberra, Australia*, (and her able colleagues who were course moderators) all about how to survive your PhD. I wanted to share my reflections at the end of the course, because this is the first MOOC I've ever studied for. I … [Read more...] about MOOC module “How to Survive your PhD” : my reflections at the end