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Publish or Perish! How to Gain a Book Contract

In the arts and humanities we are informed that we need to get that first book out in order to progress our career and move closer to that first academic position. Read this blog post to find out more about... Continue Reading →

Starting a Startup after your PhD

Self-awareness, determination, expertise, project management... the skills required to launch a startup are very similar to those you gain throughout the duration of a PhD. So why do so few PhD students seriously consider launching a startup as a serious... Continue Reading →

Bad Advice for Academic Conferences

As a PhD student, you’ve probably received plenty of advice about what to do and how to behave at academic conferences. However, it’s likely that sometimes that advice hasn’t actually been very helpful in practice. Here, Sophie shares four common... Continue Reading →

A change of heart

Completing a PhD is an overwhelming ordeal for most, but an excruciating experience for some. David Conrad offers us a candid insight into his decision to move away from academia…   Sixth grade was when I first knew I wanted... Continue Reading →

A pleasant surprise: involvement beyond your thesis

We’re all searching for Study-Work-Life balance, right? However, it would also be smart to consider other projects while searching for that elusive equilibrium. Christina Efthymiadou shares her thoughts on the benefits of joining a multi-disciplinary network…   The PhD Life... Continue Reading →

Notes to my younger self

As PhD students, we tend to live day-to-day while keeping in mind the potential of a future in academia. We leave little room to think about how we might frame today's experiences when they become our past. Dr. David Whillock,... Continue Reading →

Facts, Stories and Strategies: Women and Academia

Belinda Smaill offers a reflection on gendered dynamics in academia in the hopes that young scholars will not have the same blinders she had on when she began her professional career…     As I write this the fallout around... Continue Reading →

Transferable skills and your PhD

Your social media feed is probably swamped with employability talks and workshops, career fairs and networking opportunities. You might have already started thinking about what you have to offer to employers outside your research niche. Tony reflects on how he developed transferable skills... Continue Reading →

Being ‘fit for purpose’ in the modern knowledge economy

"This is not your supervisor's market", asserted Donna Yates in one of our recent posts. But what kind of market is it then, and how can PhD graduates find their place in it?  Furaha and Billy reflect on the changing landscape of modern... Continue Reading →

One PhD, No Work Experience | Furaha Asani

Something happens to your ego after you not only receive rejection emails for paying posts you have applied for, but from a volunteering post as well. Sigh. This is my current plight, and that of many other PhD students I’m... Continue Reading →

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