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”

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”

“Non-Academic” Jobs: more academic than you think?

‘My industry life doesn’t look that dissimilar from my academic life, to be honest.’ – Abby Bajuniemi, PhD Sections from this post also appear in the University of Birmingham’s Postgraduate Researcher Development Blog. Nicknames at work can be telling. My partner’s work nickname happens to be ‘The Professor.’ He thinks it’s the mad-scientist-curly-hair that drawsContinue reading ““Non-Academic” Jobs: more academic than you think?”