Think “Skill” not “D.Phil”

For researchers thinking of changing career direction, don’t obsess about your qualifications and specific subject knowledge. You have developed a whole wealth of skills from your research which you can translate into the language of new career areas. Employers want to know you have the right attitude, committment and potential to succeed in their organisation. The kinds of skills they […]

The Skilled Researcher

Last week, I ran a career workshop at a research institute in the lovely city of Vienna. The participants were doctoral students keen to find out about the kinds of careers they could consider after their PhD. I asked them to come up with a list of careers where a PhD is (1) essential; (2) […]

BLOG ARCHIVE

To mark 10 years of blogging on www.biosciencecareers.org, I’ve categorised all the blogs into a table with broad and narrow themes. So take a browse through at your leisure and, excusing the rather basic formatting, with any luck you should find some interesting reads along the way. Here’s to the next 10 years! General Jobs […]

All present and correct

“You never get a second chance to make a good first impression”, so the saying goes. In other words, it’s crucial to get your initial ‘presence’ correct first time and present the best version of yourself, otherwise you will have to work hard to undo any negativities you might inadvertently have created the first time […]

All present and correct

“You never get a second chance to make a good first impression”, so the saying goes. In other words, you need to get your initial ‘presence’ correct first time, so that you construct the best version of yourself, otherwise you will have to work hard to undo any negativities you might have inadvertently created the […]

The Business of Knowledge

How would you sum up the central purpose of academia in one word? As a doctoral or postdoctoral researcher, what is your core business? The answer, I would venture, is KNOWLEDGE. Academic researchers are knowledge professionals whose fundamental role is to answer a question, or to discover something new that no-one knew about before. To […]

Micro-Awards : Macro-Rewards

“One of my favourite hobbies is to learn new skills”, a PhD student told me recently, during an individual careers interview. She was impressive: very proactive and positive about her career, with the clear aim of finding a role that would combine both her science and her interest in business. To this end, she’d been […]

Picking a postdoc

Choosing the ‘right’ postdoctoral position can be critical to career success and even to the mental health and well-being of early career researchers. I remember at the start of a career counselling interview, a postdoc once telling me that she felt less confident as a postdoc than she had as a PhD student. During the […]

Job Entitlement

What is the difference between a researcher, a research analyst, a data analyst, a research engineer, a research scientist and a research associate? This was a question posed by one of the PhD participants of a career workshop I ran this year. It’s a good question, and not an easy one to answer! Recently, a […]