Managing References – Work Smarter, Not Harder

I still remember the time I had to write a reference list for my first psychology undergraduate essay. I tried to add to the reference list each time I mentioned a new paper. But then I would savagely cut my paper down (because I was way over the word limit) and then have to cross-referenceContinue reading “Managing References – Work Smarter, Not Harder”

Shifting Fields Post-PhD

Shifting Can Be Adaptive I want to reflect on a recent endeavour of mine – branching out into a new area of research. My research focuses on adult psychological stress (think sitting in traffic). However, I have become fascinated by childhood psychological stress. While this doesn’t seem like a big shift, it is like movingContinue reading “Shifting Fields Post-PhD”

Writing Pet Peeves or my “Old Man Yells at Cloud” post

I’ve been marking assignments recently, as well as reading a lot of research for a scoping review, and both of these tasks have struck a nerve with me. There is a lot of bad writing out there. Writing that hurts my brain and I feel the need to vent. A few caveats: I’m not brilliantContinue reading “Writing Pet Peeves or my “Old Man Yells at Cloud” post”

Using Your Degree to Start a Business

“Everyone needs a good side hustle” I still remember hearing this at a conference I was at recently. It was surprising to hear this idea of having a side hustle – a business that effectively ran itself or which required minimal involvement. Something that brought in a bit of extra money. But how does oneContinue reading “Using Your Degree to Start a Business”

Advice for One Month into Your PhD

About a month ago Alessa wrote on advice for day one of your PhD. Today I want to talk about advice one month in. Things I wish past-me had known at this point in the journey. Turbulence is OK By this point you are one month into a journey that spans years. You don’t needContinue reading “Advice for One Month into Your PhD”

Dealing with Multiple Spinning Plates

Multi-tasking just became part of my daily life Nobody ever told me or prepared me for just how much juggling was needed to thrive in academia. From teaching classes, to completing my degree, to doing my own research, to being an RA, to completing my roles in academic societies, to marking assignments, to attending meetings,Continue reading “Dealing with Multiple Spinning Plates”

PhD Student: An Expert or a Skill Builder?

The PhD Student: Expert or Skill Builder? When I started the PhD, this whole process was advertised as a chance to create new knowledge. I was going to become an expert on a tiny thing in the world of knowledge. And this may be true. During the PhD, despite imposter syndrome, I did become anContinue reading “PhD Student: An Expert or a Skill Builder?”

You vs. the PhD

One of the best decisions I made when I started the PhD was to treat it like a job. I would attempt to only work Monday to Friday during business hours. I didn’t realise at the time how radical this idea was (I was not involved in academic twitter at the time). I wanted toContinue reading “You vs. the PhD”

My Experience With Being Interviewed Part 3: Preparing for the Interview

The Recap So far I have shared my experience with receiving the ‘sorry, we found someone with more experience‘ rejections. I also have spoken about showcasing your passion in applications for work and how this translates to the interview room. But now I want to turn my attention to talk about that period between whenContinue reading “My Experience With Being Interviewed Part 3: Preparing for the Interview”

My Experience With Being Interviewed Part 2: Expressing Passion

You Have To Show Them You Are Passionate The first few times I applied for a job, I had a colleague read over my applications. The colleague was an established figure in academia and was involved in the hiring of academics at their institution. The advice they gave me was that I had to showContinue reading “My Experience With Being Interviewed Part 2: Expressing Passion”