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Making the ‘wrong choice’: why there’s no need to solve your entire life with your first post-PhD job

‘Your first job helps you learn and evaluate where exactly you want to be […]. Your first job post-PhD is your next step, not necessarily your end goal. – Dr L. Maren Wood I graduated from Careers Adviser School in 2016. Yes: Careers Adviser School exists. (It’s actually a Postgraduate Diploma, but that doesn’t haveContinue reading “Making the ‘wrong choice’: why there’s no need to solve your entire life with your first post-PhD job”

Curious, not creepy: ‘Networking’ your way to a post-PhD job

When your networking is driven by curiosity rather than asking for a job, I found people were very receptive to that. It didn’t come off as needy… or creepy!   – Dr Kinga Stryszowska-Hill Talking to someone in the bathroom at a conference Striking up a conversation with a fellow passenger on a flight CatchingContinue reading “Curious, not creepy: ‘Networking’ your way to a post-PhD job”

‘Someone who can’… how to close-read your way to convincing post-PhD job applications

‘You might think, for example, that as a teacher you’re an obvious fit for a non-profit seeking someone with “great communication skills.” But unless you know what that phrase means in the context of the organisation, you’re likely to miss the mark when enumerating your specific talents.’ – Dr Christopher L. Caterine I haven’t talkedContinue reading “‘Someone who can’… how to close-read your way to convincing post-PhD job applications”

What skills do I have as a PhD? Getting a fresh perspective on an old-time question

‘Although we are taught our whole graduate careers to become narrower in our specialities, the alt-ac mindset is more about thinking broadly about the skills and abilities we bring to the table.’ – Kathryn E. Linder, Kevin Kelly & Thomas J. Tobin, Going Alt-Ac (2020: 49) Working for a consultancy firm that specialises in economicsContinue reading “What skills do I have as a PhD? Getting a fresh perspective on an old-time question”

What jobs can I do after my PhD? How to ‘map’ your options, with real examples

‘The bad news is there’s no comprehensive list of jobs you can get after a PhD in X. That’s also the good news: you can move into a vast array of exciting, meaningful careers.’ – Jen Polk, PhD: Founder of From PhD to Life I have a (PhD careers) dream. My first TV memory asContinue reading “What jobs can I do after my PhD? How to ‘map’ your options, with real examples”

‘I need direction!’ How research questions can focus your post-PhD job hunt beyond academia

‘Approach your [job] search as you would a research question -with curiosity, close reading skills, an eye for patterns, and perseverance.’ – Dr Katina Rogers Few people embraced virtual lockdown life like my mum. She got into Tai Chi classes on Zoom, a National Gallery podcast, and even found her way onto Rory Stewart’s TwitterContinue reading “‘I need direction!’ How research questions can focus your post-PhD job hunt beyond academia”

Leaving Academia, Grieving Academia: a message of hope from the other side

‘For me, the grief of leaving academia feels about the same as the loss and grief of the end of relationship. Even when you know that the relationship wasn’t right for you […] loss is loss.‘ – Lisa L Munro, PhD Out of my box of theatre and gig tickets that went unused due toContinue reading “Leaving Academia, Grieving Academia: a message of hope from the other side”

‘To academia or to industry’: … is that the question?

‘PhD students ask each other “are you staying in academia or going into industry?” The problem with that question is not just that your options aren’t limited to these two areas… it’s that they aren’t discreet entities, anyway!’  – Kira, our special PhD grad guest for the week Does anyone else love a game ofContinue reading “‘To academia or to industry’: … is that the question?”

Be the solution: how to really articulate your PhD (and other) skills to employers

‘Change your perspective from “how can I beat the odds and win the tenure-track jackpot prize?” to “how can I be the solution to a department’s hiring problem?”’ – Dr Loleen Berdahl & Dr Jonathan Malloy There’s nothing like friends sending you photos of their home-baked halloumi and mint focaccia to make you feel inadequate.Continue reading “Be the solution: how to really articulate your PhD (and other) skills to employers”

Expert, or imposter? Why post-PhD careers can take time to gel

‘We like to think that we should make a living based on what we enjoy doing. However it’s often the opposite way: we start enjoying jobs in which our expertise is respected. […] Passion and fulfilment often come after reaching some level of proficiency in a certain area and not the other way around.‘ –Continue reading “Expert, or imposter? Why post-PhD careers can take time to gel”

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