‘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”

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”

I have a PhD: what-the-heck level of job can I apply for beyond academia?

‘The biggest challenge you’re likely to face […] is the perception that you’re overqualified for entry-level positions, but underqualified for more senior listings. This double-edged sword threatens most academics as they depart higher education.’ – Dr Christopher L. Caterine If I could ask a Careers Adviser Fairy Godmother to grant me a simple, practical answerContinue reading “I have a PhD: what-the-heck level of job can I apply for beyond academia?”

Careers in the Time of Covid: Nine Tips for Postgrad Researchers

Greetings from the dinner table, or as it has been for 46 (?!) weeks now, ‘the office.’ Wherever in the world you are, I hope you’re safe and keeping as well as possible. These are uncertain times for us all, and things in the UK have changed rapidly over the past year. There was MarchContinue reading “Careers in the Time of Covid: Nine Tips for Postgrad Researchers”

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?”