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Make your CV work for you.

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Pat Thomson is Professor of Education in the School of Education, The University of Nottingham. She is interested in researcher education and the writing that scholars want to, and must do. So when I came across her Patter  on writing CV’s I was intrigued to read what more advice she had for the Research Community Read the rest of this entry »


Careers Service ‘vacancies online’

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I was just prompted to quickly post, having just seen a couple of interesting science jobs on the Careers Service’s ‘vacancies online‘ site, that have specifically asked for postgrads (Associate Medical Writer, and Healthcare Consultant, since you ask!).

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“Dear me”….advice from Academics to their younger self.

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How I wish…

In a recent article in the Times Higher Education Supplement academics were asked ‘what had they wished they had known at the start of their careers?’

Letters to a young academic are inspirational musings on what will help you make sense of, and survive the world of academia.

Advice ranges from the practical;

“If you’re not asked to take mad chances, manufacture them. Network, ask established academics to publish with you, suggest research proposals, organise team teaching and join at least one committee.”

to the more obscure,

“I’m a scientist. My regret is all the time I wasted working on a useless time machine. If only it worked; I could go back in time and not bother.”

Twitter followers were also asked what advice they would give to themselves given the opportunity. Find out here….fun, laughter and tears follow.

Things I wish I had known

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I can’t lay claim to having studied for a PhD, so in my curiosity to understand what the ‘wicked world of academia’ is like, I started by accessing this useful site I soon stumbled upon a blog entry by PhD student Heather Doran things I wish I had known at the start of my PhD

‘Draw on the experience of other PhD researchers’ was just one of the many tangible forms of advice Heather offered. …pertinent I thought, as my own situation required me to take from the experience of others.  Heather’s advice extends to taking advantage of both the formal and informal learning opportunities. Blog about your experiences she encourages… “Blogging the trials and tribulations of your PhD can help get you through it, and make some friends along the way.”

 Here was something else that resonated with me…..blogging….. this is the first of many blogs from me?  That’s two things from the list….. what next ? What could you add ?

Social media made simple

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You’ll remember that I posted a few weeks ago about some research showing that researchers aren’t much for using social media (“using social media in your career“). It can be very confusing to navigate, and it’s always hard to tell what kind of platform you should be using. My colleague has just sent me a simple demonstration which should help to clear up all of your anxieties: yes, it’s social media… with doughnuts.

Why am I suddenly so hungry…?

Academic blogging – live web chat

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The Guardian is having a live web chat on the issue of academic blogging at this very minute – it takes place from 12-2pm today. The transcript of the chat will still be available even if you can’t make it while it’s live. Link below!

Follow-up: using social media in your career

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Following on from last month’s post on using social media in your career, I saw a great article in Nature today about how scientists can use social media. I think that there’s plenty in there for researchers in other disciplines to learn from too. You can read their tips and advice on the link below:

Social media tips for scientists