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Academic? Non-academic? Let’s talk careers

Maria talks about how she went from a full-time PhD in the humanities to a full-time non-academic job, what this shift has meant for her, and what she has learned about what a “career” really is

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How to continue your research as an independent academic?

What if you’ve finished your PhD and now find yourself without an institutional affiliation? How can you still access research materials and get on with your work? Maria weighs in with some tips and advice.

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My Re-Writing Chronicles (Part 3): Methods and Processes

This is part 3 of a blog series about re-writing processes for Alice Eden’s forthcoming book based on her thesis. Before gaining a book contract Alice underwent a peer review process. During peer review a number of edits were suggested which ranged from specific to more general. This post examines how her re-writing methods have been a useful part of her post-PhD journey enabling her to review her work and academic identity.

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A State of Transition

Shifting from the end of your PhD to the beginning of an early career researcher path can be disconcerting and make you feel lost. Jenny Mak proposes a two-part process to navigate this transitional period.

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My Re-Writing Chronicles (Part 2): How do you edit to tell a better story?

Alice Eden, an early career academic, is currently completing a book manuscript for publication which draws on her PhD research. During the peer review process for the book, Alice gained comments which requested changes including providing more information for the reader. She has been taking action in these areas. In this second post of a series about re-writing, Alice details specific examples of textual changes she has been making.

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My Re-Writing Chronicles (Part 1): Ways of Writing for New Audiences

During peer review for her forthcoming book, Alice Eden was asked to provide more information on a number of different areas in the text instead of assuming new readers will have specialist knowledge of secondary literature. Working through the re-write she has found it helpful to look back on various activities and different forms of communication undertaken during her PhD. In this first post of a blog series, Alice considers how these activities helped prepare her for the process of re-writing.

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The Power of Introduction

Words hold power, especially those that we use to introduce ourselves and our doctoral research to different audiences. Jenny Mak considers the implications behind the words that we select and their potential to direct our academic goals.

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How to survive doing your PhD when you have no funding? (2)

If you don’t have a scholarship, a student loan or a family who can support you, but you still wish to do a PhD, you’ll be facing several dilemmas. Obviously, you will need to fund yourself somehow, but doing your research, writing a thesis and struggling financially at the same time can be very challenging. However, it’s not impossible and one day when you finish your degree, it’s highly likely you’ll leave the world of academia armed with an excellent CV and amazing work experience.

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How to survive doing your PhD when you have no funding? (1)

How to secure funding for your PhD, if you get admitted, is probably one of the most stressful issues the majority of  prospective PhD students are facing. The number of scholarships, grants and awards is limited compared to the number of applications, and very often the main obstacle is not getting an offer, but sorting out your finances. This begs another question: how to do your PhD and fund yourself at the same time?

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How to review a paper

This summer Chengcheng Kang reviewed three papers for some top conferences in her field. It was a daunting process at first, but she found practice makes perfect and is sharing her insights in this week’s PhD Life post…