There is an awful lot to finding a job. Creating the right networks and connections; getting the attention of potential employers; and presenting yourself in the best possible light with your CV and in the interview so you can land the job… these are just the basics. But how do
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Collaboration is the big buzzword in research at the moment and in theory the benefits are clear: your name on more papers, you learn from other groups and you expand your reputation. Why is it, then, that I hear so many postdocs and mid-career researchers complain bitterly about their collaborations?
Becoming an independent researcher is the essential step on your path to an academic research career, but how do you get there from a postdoc position? How do you develop independence while working for someone else? The good news is that your path to independence has quite a few facets
Do you have sleepless nights worrying about experiments not working and your contract finishing soon? Do you feel that tightening in the stomach because you have an unresolved conflict at work? Are you stressed out because there’s a grant deadline is looming and there is still so much to do?
Isolation and lack of information is one of the biggest challenges for many postdocs. A research career is tremendously complex with many different possible paths to take. On top of this rules and benchmarks change constantly, such as for grant applications or what it takes to be competitive for an
‘The disposable Academic. Why a PhD is often a waste of time’ (the Economist, 18th June 2012) ‘US pushes for scientists, but the jobs aren’t there’ (Washington Post, 7th July 2012) ‘Doctoral Graduates left chasing dreams’ (the Australian, 16 January 2013) As the
It’s that time of the year again – Christmas and New Year where work usually slows or stops for a little while so you can take stock of what happened in 2012 and start planning for 2013. It is well worth spending time doing some ‘big picture’ planning at least
I had a bad start to the week last week. Bad in the sense that I was falling way short of what I wanted to achieve in the first three days. Actually I realised my productivity had been dropping gradually for a few weeks. Hmm. I did get the
Whether you are looking for a job, a new collaboration, mentors or anything else to do with people, you have first to meet the right contacts and make a connection – and that means networking. To boost your networking success you need to have some ‘essentials’ in place. The
If you are early in your career you might not feel much like a leader yet. But the chances are you already supervise students and other team members within your group. You might also want to take leadership in the way your group develops a new research area or want
Mentors are essential to your career development. They’re the ones who can give you the key piece of information your are looking for, organise opportunities for you, help you trouble-shoot, give you confidence to stretch your comfort zone and put you in contact with the right people in their networks.
Many postdocs I talk to feel the knowledge they have acquired has made them ill-equipped for anything other than basic research or teaching, often limited to their specific area of expertise. This is understandable, given our often extreme focus on learning methods and creating output such as papers that really
Congratulations! Imagine:- you have been asked to review a paper and, having considered the issues raised in Part I of this blog, you have decided that you can, and do want to review the manuscript. But how do you do it? Below are the 7 steps that will help
Which would you prefer: thinking of everything you do according to the motto ‘judge-or-be-judged’, or instead, ‘grow-and-help-grow’? These may sound like extremes but according to Carol Dweck, a Stanford professor of psychology, these are the two core mindsets that guide people’s approach to life, as outlined
Have you been asked to review a manuscript but are unsure of how this works? Reviewing manuscripts is a great way to hone your critical skills, improve your confidence when submitting your own papers (realising submissions of other scientists aren’t perfect either!) and gain a reputation as an expert in