Archives for the month of: August, 2017

As the Bank Holiday Monday approached I wondered how I would spend this wonderful free extra ‘me’ time.  I had to stop to think about it as the week before my son came home on leave from the army and found himself with a day free and said he didn’t know how to spend it. It didn’t happen that often and it was a problem! In the end he came round to our house and played some old video games with his sister and they both really enjoyed it. They laughed and chatted and remembered old times. Perhaps that is one idea, to take time out to reconnect and do things that make us happy with people we care about. Read the rest of this entry »

Each Friday we post a new v i s t a profile, a career beyond the academy story (use the tags at the bottom of the post to find the entire list). These posts accompany our curated events to support post-PhD career transitions, v i s t a mentoring, and also #sheffvista on Twitter.

Job title and company: I think my job title is ‘freelance training consultant’ or it could be ‘company director’. Either way, I am self-employed as someone who goes around running training workshops for clients, and my company is called Cambridge Training Associates.

Approximate salary range for your type of role: The salary for someone who does what I do and is self-employed is hard to predict but to give you a ballpark number, let’s say £35 – £55k.

I do have a company webpage and a Twitter account: And because I’m self-employed, I created and run them all myself – I hope you like them! Website for my company. Twitter – @camtrainingassoc And LinkedIn. Read the rest of this entry »

This is a guest post by Saima Eman, PhD Commonwealth Scholar, Psychology, University of Sheffield and Lecturer in Psychology, Lahore College for Women University, Lahore, Pakistan

S_EmanSince technology is the main source of information diffusion, it goes without saying that the online presence and online interaction of researchers is indispensable. Below follow some ideas from my own experience, for joining in global discussions, and for expanding the reach of your research.

In addition to looking for a new job or position, maintaining a researcher profile online is equally essential for career progression and reputation. Websites such as Researchgate, Linkedin Facebook, Google scholar, and a personal university webpage Google sites and Wixsite are very useful in recording the research work including published research, research projects, and achievements as a researcher. Read the rest of this entry »

What happens after you’ve participated in a development event?  Do you put together an action plan to implement what you have learned or do you take your time and apply your knowledge/skills as and when they are required?  I know that I’ve been guilty of completing an evaluation form immediately after a workshop, identifying three things I will do as a result of attending and then months later I haven’t actually followed through with my grand plans.  Sometimes this is because priorities change and other times it’s because I haven’t taken the time to properly reflect on the outcomes of an event and whether or not I will ever put them into practice. Read the rest of this entry »

Each Friday we post a new v i s t a profile, a career beyond the academy story (use the tags at the bottom of the post to find the entire list). These posts accompany our curated events to support post-PhD career transitions, v i s t a mentoring, and also #sheffvista on Twitter.

Job title and company: Core Medical Trainee, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Approximate salary range for your type of role: Variable according to banding supplement during rotation.  All salary information can be found here.

I really enjoyed my undergraduate degree in genetics at the University of Sheffield and found that the aspects I enjoyed most were relating to human diseases.  After completing my degree I contemplated applying to medicine but at that stage I wasn’t convinced that this was the career for me.  I loved my undergraduate project so stayed on and undertook a PhD investigating the repair of DNA double strand breaks during meiosis. Read the rest of this entry »

I’d like to alert you to a new resource for supervisor development on the Think Ahead web pages. The page was developed from Trust Me!  an ongoing research project led by me and funded by the Leadership Foundation for HE, investigating the behaviours that are important in building trust and creating ‘quality’ doctoral supervision relationships.

Throughout the project students and supervisors alike speak of the need to achieve clarity of purpose, and find good ways of working together, seeking to make the uncertain processes of the PhD more predictable; reducing feelings of insecurity, worry and stress for all involved.

The resources (locate the page here) are designed to help supervisors think, plan, and have the right conversations with their students. Read the rest of this entry »

Each Friday we post a new v i s t a profile, a career beyond the academy story (use the tags at the bottom of the post to find the entire list). These posts accompany our curated events to support post-PhD career transitions, v i s t a mentoring, and also #sheffvista on Twitter.

Job title and company: Planning Policy Officer at Bassetlaw District Council

Approximate salary range for your type of role: £20-30k more in other parts of the country.

Maidment 4.jpgI have been employed by Bassetlaw District Council as a Planning Policy Officer since November 2015, having interviewed for the position a week after submitting my thesis. I am writing this, however, on the day that I submitted my resignation. In September I will re-join academia, as a Lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University. Read the rest of this entry »

I’ve been thinking about the nature of success:

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I’ve been working in HE for five years and I have to admit, whilst I have no doubt that ‘success’ abounds (degrees completed, research grants awarded, public engaged with etc.) far too many people don’t recognise it if it doesn’t look (to them) big enough. In many of my day to day encounters people will talk in terms of what hasn’t been done, what is going to be ‘too hard’ or what they got wrong. Read the rest of this entry »

Each Friday we post a new v i s t a profile, a career beyond the academy story (use the tags at the bottom of the post to find the entire list). These posts accompany our curated events to support post-PhD career transitions, v i s t a mentoring, and also #sheffvista on Twitter.

Job title and company: Research & Development Manager at Kirkstall Ltd @KirkstallLtd

Approximate salary range for your type of role: £30-40K

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