The other day I had an actual 3D, face to face lunch with a colleague, let's call him Simon. After months of 2D Zoom catch ups, it was lovely to be in an actual cafe on campus, eating steaming hot noodles. Simon and I were meant to be discussing business, but of course the conversation … Continue reading Do you need clown shoes? Finding a research job during Covid lockdowns
I put this post on ice in February this year when the great Covid crisis hit. The post is about how to supplement your sessional teaching income with academic flavoured 'side hustles'. Back in March everything was going to hell and it just didn't seem that... relevant? Now, at the start of semester two in … Continue reading Rich academic, poor academic? Making an academic living in Covid times
There's a looming economic crisis in higher education. Perhaps you have lost work already and you're wondering how you will support yourself (I'm really sorry). It's hard to know if you'll get more or less teaching next semester and what form it will take. Will it be online? Or face to face? Maybe your courses … Continue reading Where I call bullshit on the way we do the PhD
Some of you might have noticed I recently put the blog on 'pause' - for the first time in ten years. I am not a week by week blogger. I like to make space for creative inspiration to strike. For this reason, I always have at least six months of content 'in the pipe', waiting to … Continue reading Should you quit (go part time or pause) your PhD during Covid-19?
Academic life has seasons, as Les Back so eloquently pointed out in his lovely book The Academic Diary. At the moment it seems to be the season of job interviews, at least for some recent graduates in my immediate circle. I've been doing some challenging emotional work assisting with preparation of job applications and interviews, … Continue reading A big list of academic job interview questions (and how to answer them)
A couple of weeks ago I shared some of the research I have been doing with my colleagues Associate Professor Hanna Suominen and Dr Will Grant about recruiter's attitudes to PhD graduates. I recommend you read the previous post on anti-PhD attitudes before this one, but briefly: our research concerns recruiters, who are important gate … Continue reading Should you leave your PhD off your CV?
Lately, more and more students want a non-academic job when they finish their PhD. Anecdotally, some graduates seem to be experiencing the PhD as a barrier to employment, not an enabler. In fact, I've heard so much negative talk about how employers react to PhD holders over the years that it seemed important to start … Continue reading What is this ‘anti-PhD’ attitude about?
How should you present yourself as an academic on the internet? It's a vexed question. There are just so many options for making a 'place' where people can find out more about you that it can be hard to make a decision. I've been thinking about this since Blair wrote to me with a question: … Continue reading Whatever happened to the good old fashioned academic home page?
Do you have trouble asking for what you really want? This post is by Brittany Amell and Lisa Armstrong, who are both PhD students in the School of Linguistics and Language Studies at Carleton University, Canada. Brittany's research interests include the research, theory and pedagogy of teaching writing (particularly doctoral writing), and how these areas intersect with … Continue reading Bold requests
Podcasts are still hot hot hot! I love listening to them when I drive, exercise and cook. I want to draw your attention to a new podcast specifically for PhD graduates by Elizabeth Lam, a chemist and science writer. Elizabeth is doing a new podcast about PhD graduates finding employment outside academia and tells you … Continue reading New podcast: Passionate PhDs