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”

Shifting mindsets from competitive to collaborative

In Australia, if you are a psychology student, this is the process: Step 1: Get into a psychology degree Step 2: Get consistently higher grades Step 3: Get into the one year honours program with your fabulous grades Step 4: Go and do a professional masters (e.g., clinical, neuropsychology, or organisational) or a masters ofContinue reading “Shifting mindsets from competitive to collaborative”

Academic Writing Hacks Part 4: Cafe Surfing and Flow

N.B., all the posts in this series were planned prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. Your priority at this time should be staying safe. If you happen to have time for writing, then these tips may help. If not, bookmark this and come back to it later when the world has calmed down and we haveContinue reading “Academic Writing Hacks Part 4: Cafe Surfing and Flow”

Academic Writing Hacks Part 3: The Terror of a Blank Page

N.B., all the posts in this series were planned prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. Your priority at this time should be staying safe. If you happen to have time for writing, then these tips may help. If not, bookmark this and come back to it later when the world has calmed down and we haveContinue reading “Academic Writing Hacks Part 3: The Terror of a Blank Page”

Statistify yourself! The advantages of learning multiple statistics software

We are taught our institutes chosen software Generally, institutions will choose a single statistical package (be it SPSS, SAS, Stata, R, JASP, Jamovi, etc) and only teach that one package to students across all of their statistics subjects. This makes sense from a learning and teaching point of view. However, what happens when you areContinue reading “Statistify yourself! The advantages of learning multiple statistics software”

Academic Writing Hacks Part 2: Batching your tasks and conquering your schedule

N.B., all the posts in this series were planned prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. Your priority at this time should be staying safe. If you happen to have time for writing, then these tips may help. If not, bookmark this and come back to it later when the world has calmed down and we haveContinue reading “Academic Writing Hacks Part 2: Batching your tasks and conquering your schedule”

Rejection, Rejection Everywhere – Part 4 of 4: Being the Rejector

The Other End of the Stick Throughout this mini-series on rejection, I have shared my thoughts and experiences on receiving rejection, developing resiliency in receiving rejection, and harnessing rejection for self-improvement.Today I want to close this series by talking about being on the other end of the stick – being the rejector. Does My RejectorContinue reading “Rejection, Rejection Everywhere – Part 4 of 4: Being the Rejector”