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”

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”

The ‘bits’ of academia you REALLY enjoy… and how to find work based on these

‘Research/ academia isn’t one job, it’s many. If the package deal isn’t for you, look for the bits you enjoy and find rewarding work with them.’ – Joel Huey You’re at a party.* (*Other Covid-compliant virtual options are available). Someone who has never previously met anyone with/doing a PhD asks ‘what do you do?’ WhatContinue reading “The ‘bits’ of academia you REALLY enjoy… and how to find work based on these”