When leaving academia isn’t ‘giving up’… it’s actually finding yourself

‘Changing your goal or vision is ok. You can be happy beyond academia: it’s not second best, it’s an alternative.’ – Dr Naomi Tyrrell One of the most confusing conversations I had in my PhD went something like this: Me: Yeah, I’m properly looking into careers in university professional services for after my PhD. FellowContinue reading “When leaving academia isn’t ‘giving up’… it’s actually finding yourself”

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”

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”

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”

PostGradual: what’s this all about, then?

In the beginning was the word, and the word was… ‘overqualified’ My post-PhD job hunt wasn’t going well. It was mid-October, T-minus three weeks to viva day. I’d finally gotten sick of the endless ‘oh, it’s your viva soon? Well, I heard a friend of a friend was in theirs for 6 hours and thenContinue reading “PostGradual: what’s this all about, then?”