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”

Being Involved in Academic Societies – Is It Worth It?

From the Society of Personality and Social Psychology to the International Society of Behavioral Medicine and the Stress and Anxiety Research Society (just to name a few that are relevant to me), there are so many different academic societies out there for all sorts of disciplines and subdisciplines. These societies span both local (e.g., theContinue reading “Being Involved in Academic Societies – Is It Worth It?”

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 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”

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”