Every journey begins with a single step. Those who chase two rabbits catch neither. Life's a journey, not a race. Enjoy your achievements, as well as your plans. Love what you do and you'll never work a day in your life. Focus on the journey, not the destination. The way to eat an elephant is … Continue reading Summer Series
The final post of the The Summer Series , in which I attempt to summarize them all. We’re approaching the end of summer, and after 2 weeks of accidental silence, it’s time for me to wrap up the series. I said we’d tell some “true tales of academic adventure and misadventure”, but have any of … Continue reading Summer Series Summary
By Anonymous, part of The Summer Series of guest posts I have no advice. If you want to keep reading, you’re going to read how I’ve fucked up trying to make the transition from PhD to postdoc. I don’t have enough publications. Every presentation I see about “successful” postdocs and grant applications, they have an … Continue reading I F*ed Up
By Franziska Hartung, part of The Summer Series of guest posts I have two pieces of advice: Use social media for staying up to date and being visible to others Don’t look for a job, look for a good fit Get on twitter! When I tell people that I found my current job on Twitter, … Continue reading It’s About Luck!
By Corinne Thompson, part of The Summer Series of guest posts I think the most useful element of having a PhD (besides being able to use it in communications with banks and airlines to get them to pay attention to you) is the tendency for others to give you the benefit of the doubt. Why? … Continue reading What On Earth Did I Do a PhD For?
By Gwilym Lockwood, part of The Summer Series of guest posts I used to be jealous of my friend Dave when we were at school. He’s wanted to be a doctor ever since he can remember, and that gave purpose to everything he did. We’d be in a chemistry lesson, and he’d be listening intently, … Continue reading Not all who wander are lost… but it takes work to wander well.
By Ain Simpson, part of The Summer Series of guest posts The U.S. job market can be quite overwhelming at times, especially if you’re applying from outside the U.S as I was in 2013-14. And I still found it overwhelming two years later when I was in the U.S.! Coming from Australia, I found the … Continue reading Advice for Australians on the American Academic Job Market
By Karolina Lempert, part of The Summer Series of guest posts Networking gets a bad rap. I get it – we all like to believe that we live in a fully meritocratic society, and that if we just keep our heads down and work hard, everything will work out in the end. Growing up, I … Continue reading Hard work + luck + networking
Earlier today, I saw this tweet, read the post, and was disappointed. https://twitter.com/the100ci/status/877981074394980353 Not because of the post itself - like similar posts by Simine Vazire and Daniel Lakens, it makes the (good!) point that criticism is useful, necessary, and something we should be grateful for. The reason for my disappointment was that the tweet … Continue reading CBT
By Sho Tsuji, part of The Summer Series of guest posts Not pursuing a PhD was, frankly, never part of my thought process. My parents are both researchers (albeit, in Biophysics and Physical Chemistry), and I grew up spending Sunday afternoons in the lab proudly reproducing the Briggs-Rauscher reaction in my own little lab coat … Continue reading The Straightforward Academic (or: Your advisor also poops)
By Melissa Wheeler, part of The Summer Series of guest posts I, of course, said yes to writing a blog about my academic adventures, because I have this pesky habit of saying yes to everything. Spoiler alert: this may be the theme of my story. Let’s start from the tertiary beginning. I attended the University … Continue reading Right Place, Right Time