Archives for the month of: February, 2015

Guest post by Dr Laura Smith, BBSRC-funded postdoctoral researcher, Dept. of Molecular Biology & Biotechnology.

new-bbsrc-colourThe BBSRC has released a new ‘Vision for Post-doctoral Researchers’. It’s a sort-of mission statement on how it expects their post-doc researchers to be supported by their host institution and how post-docs should engage in activities to aid in their professional development. It has made for interesting reading, and as a BBSRC funded post-doc, has highlighted some elements I feel I should work on, as well as things that my department could do to help my career development. Read the rest of this entry »

Screen Shot 2015-02-24 at 22.21.19You may remember that a couple of weeks ago my colleague Kay talked a bit about the knowledge economy and the researcher pipeline and I think it’s worth further unpicking an interesting piece of research recently published by Research Councils UK and the Higher Education Funding Councils for England and Wales which gives a very positive view of how doctoral graduates contribute to the competitiveness and innovation of businesses. The full report can be accessed here. Read the rest of this entry »

I had a re-read of all the blogs and a theme running through a good number is that, particularly for aspiring academics, there is a need to:

• Seek feedback
• Network
• Sell yourself
• Engage with employers / business
• Write
• Create a good image
• Have a (positive) reputation
• Lead
• Teach
• Gain income
• Get published
• (many more!)

Truth be told, this is the list for successful careers in academia but if colleagues in professional services or people looking for a career beyond academia had to write a list of all the things to do and be at once, they’d, I’m sure, have as many.

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No drowning  by MA1216Like many jobs, doing academic research can be fantastically rewarding and fascinating, but it can also be demanding, draining and just plain hard. I don’t know about you, but I think It’s SUPER lucky that your personal life never gets tough just at the point when you feel like your academic life is doing its best to finish you off, right? Right? Oh. Read the rest of this entry »

Guest post by Furaha Florence Asani, PhD Candidate, Department of Infection and Immunity, TUOS


In first year it’s the settling in to a new environment, then the transfer report and viva that upgrade you to the full PhD. In second year it’s the wondering if you have as much data as your peers, and if that data is relevant. In third/fourth year it’s the thesis, rushing to finish everything off, job hunting, and prepping your mind for the transition to a ‘real job’. All of this interspersed with everything else going on in your personal life. Which PhD student can say they don’t know what stress/anxiety is? And then again, which PhD student can honestly say they have taken time to master the art of stress management? Read the rest of this entry »

37c83f6In December 2014, the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) published a report entitled Careers of the Future which aims to highlight the 100 jobs that are likely to offer the best career prospects for people entering the labour market in the near future. UKCES is a public body that advises central government and the devolved administrations on skills and employment policy. The report is based on extensive research, and a supplement containing all of the background data can be accessed here.

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