I hate my thesis

There comes a point in your PhD journey when you sigh and say “I hate my thesis.” This point may come only once or be a daily occurrence. I know it happened to me. Sometimes I said it regularly (but jokingly) when yet another experiment had failed. I said it once or twice seriously whenContinue reading “I hate my thesis”

Dealing with Supervisor Feedback

The very first time I sent my supervisor a piece of my writing I was so anxious. I had read it over a million times. I also had a friend read it over as well and got their thoughts on it. I thought I had done a good job. After all, I had made itContinue reading “Dealing with Supervisor Feedback”

My Experience Being Interviewed Part 5: Should I Take the Job?

The Recap Over the last few weeks I have written about my experiences in showcasing passion in interviews and job applications, how I prepared for academic interviews, dealing with the rejection of not having enough experience, and how I coped with an interview that went completely wrong. Today I want to talk about what happensContinue reading “My Experience Being Interviewed Part 5: Should I Take the Job?”

My Experience Being Interviewed Part 4: What Happens When the Job You are Interviewed For is Different to the Job Advertised

Leading up to the interview They say that a job interview is as much a chance for the applicant to showcase themselves as it is an opportunity for the workplace to showcase themselves. There may be issues in moving from PhD to post-hoc and the job market may not be fantastic, but universities still haveContinue reading “My Experience Being Interviewed Part 4: What Happens When the Job You are Interviewed For is Different to the Job Advertised”

My Experience Being Interviewed Part 1: We Found Someone With More Experience

This Series This is the start of a series of posts on working through difficulties in finding employment following your PhD. I have previously written about my personal experience with feeling like there was this gaping space between PhD and Post-Doc, I have also written about how academic jobs are advertised in diverse places. ButContinue reading “My Experience Being Interviewed Part 1: We Found Someone With More Experience”

Overworked then underworked then overworked – The Academic Rollercoaster

A Personal Experience So this is a reflection of my own experiences with workload within academia as both a PhD student and a recently appointed lecturer. I find that workloads seem to go up and down. There are times where I will sit at my desk and go “oh wow, I can actually breathe, IContinue reading “Overworked then underworked then overworked – The Academic Rollercoaster”

Pandemics: Productivity or Self-Care?

The rapid spread of COVID-19 around the world has suddenly put us in a position of “working from home”. I don’t know about you, but I felt almost immense pressure to pick up my entire work life and squish it into my tiny one bedroom apartment. During the first few days of working from homeContinue reading “Pandemics: Productivity or Self-Care?”

Pandemics and the Post-PhD Phase

Or Academic Job-hunting in the time of COVID-19 So you may be aware of the pandemic currently sweeping the globe. I am currently experiencing shortness of breath but I’m not sure if that’s due to my asthma or spending too much time on twitter reading all the COVID-19 stories that are currently dominating the newsContinue reading “Pandemics and the Post-PhD Phase”

Rejection, Rejection Everywhere – Part 1 of 4: Rejection hurts everyone

Rejection hurts, but it happens to everyone The scene: You submit a year’s worth of work as an article to a journal. You wait anxiously for a few weeks or months. Then the decision letter comes in. The adrenaline is high, the anticipation almost unbearable. You open the letter and… “We regret to inform you”Continue reading “Rejection, Rejection Everywhere – Part 1 of 4: Rejection hurts everyone”