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!)
Who do you need? It is not always easy to get by in the academic world, especially when you are just starting out. I’m not one to normally question Simon and Garfunkel but, in truth, no one can be an island for the long-term. At some point, all of us need somebody, if not to love, then to work with – which I’m sure is also badly paraphrasing another classic … [Read more...] about Finding Your People: Mentors, Collaborators, and Guardian Angels
Following on from last week's post on the crisis that Europe is headed for, our latest guest blogger, Vera Reed presents an overview of the career position of those with a PhD or doctorate in the United States. Only 1.68% of Americans who are 25 years old or more have earned a PhD, which adds up to about 2.5 million persons, according to data from the … [Read more...] about US Doctorate Earners and Their Earning Potential: What Do We Know?
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
I believe that everyone in academia, especially those who are not English native speakers, has to, once in a while, write in a language that is not their mother tongue - be it simply an email, a job application or a paper submission to a journal. In Brazil, most universities offer translation services when an academic wants to submit a paper to important … [Read more...] about How to write in a language that is not your own
In our previous post we looked at hyper-competition for permanent research careers in academia. While only a small proportion of PhD qualified candidates will end up in academia, this seems to be the most obvious career path for doctoral students. Some figures suggest that as many as 80% of candidates studying towards a PhD aspire to an academic … [Read more...] about Employer perspectives of PhD graduates
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
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?
I want you to imagine a hostile panel. They are reading your proposal. They are ridiculing your Case for Support, tearing your Data Management Plan to shreds. They are shaking their heads in bewilderment at your Justification of Resources. They are laughing at your CV. I want you to imagine their feedback. How did you go so wrong? What have they picked … [Read more...] about Facing your worst funding proposal fears
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
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?
Among my circle of friends I count two doctors, three nurses, one psychologist, two social workers and five teachers. Over the years I’ve watched with interest as they attend professional development activities that are a requirement for maintaining their professional registration. Workshops, training courses and master classes are just a few of the things … [Read more...] about Seven steps to DIY professional development
Piirus recently attended the Vitae Researcher Development International Conference 2015 in Manchester, the largest dedicated event for all those with a strategic and practical role in developing researchers. Piirus exhibited alongside jobs.ac.uk on the first day of the conference, which had aschedule that was jam packed with talks and workshops: … [Read more...] about Highlights from the Vitae Researcher Development International Conference 2015
I'm writing about participating in the Thesis Whisperer's Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), called "How to Survive Your PhD". I wrote about getting started last week, when I couldn't see how to document my progress through the course: I'm pleased to say that I have found it under the tab labelled "Progress". Here, I found a link called "Wrap Up" which also … [Read more...] about “How to survive your PhD” weeks 2 & 3: growing in confidence