Archives for the month of: October, 2017

I moved office this week and even though I did take the opportunity to get rid of some stuff, I still easily filled eight crates (everyone else had three) and my car with the leftover items (hubby not a happy bunny!).

Having been a trainer/lecturer for over 20 years, I still have training materials going back to the last five companies I have worked for as ‘they may come in’. I have even scanned a lot of it but I still have too much stuff to cope with.

I have decided that I need to find some way of reducing this down, so how can one de-clutter? (Image credit). Read the rest of this entry »

Happy National Mentoring Day! #mentoringrocks #nationalmentoringday #fortheloveofmentoring

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I always think of, and describe my work designing and consulting on academic mentoring programmes as ‘connecting people together to talk about the things that really matter to them’. This is what I hold as the core of what I do. I make professional connections for a living, and to me, it’s important to get it right. 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: Stakeholder Management Coordinator, Science and Technology Facilities Council  @RDscience @STFC_Matters

Approximate salary range for your type of role: £30-33k

I did my PhD as part of a Doctoral Training Centre at the University of Birmingham, and this gave me an introduction to public engagement. I really enjoyed it and, throughout my PhD, I took lots of opportunities to try new ways of communicating my research.

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This post is a bit of a change of pace for me – I’m going to share my experiences of participating in a development event.  Back in the summer I started the 6-week Introduction to Creative Media course offered by the Creative Media Team here at the University.  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: Senior Managing Editor, British Dental Journal (@The_BDJ) and BDJ Open, Springer Nature

Approximate salary range for your type of role: ~ £35 to £50k. Starting salary in scientific publishing: around £27-32k depending on role level

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‘Talking shop’ has probably never had a pleasant connotation. Think of those people who can’t let work go at non-work events; or situations or organisations where lots of talking takes place but no decision is ever made and nothing gets done.  Talking shop or “professional conversation“, to give it a more scholarly gloss, is an invaluable – and often overlooked – source of learning and development in our careers. 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:  Regulatory Affairs & Product Registration Officer, Randox Laboratories Ltd.

Approximate salary range for your type of role: Negotiable, relative to experience. The Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society (RAPS) has a useful salary calculator that you can use as a starting guide.

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Towards the latter half of my PhD candidature I had become fairly sure that a career in academia wasn’t something I wanted to pursue long-term. I enjoyed lab work and being a part of the scientific process but I didn’t harbour dreams of being a Professor and wasn’t so keen on the grant funding-cycle battles that seem part of the game. Read the rest of this entry »

Periodically, I mention on this blog the University’s HR Excellence in Research Award.

As an institution, this is our collective statement and plan of action in regards to continually enhancing the research environment, particularly in relation to research staff.

One of the actions in the institution’s HR Excellence in Research Award action plan, mirrored in the University’s Athena SWAN action plan, is that Unconscious Bias workshops are made available across the institution. 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 Information Analyst, Research Services, University of Sheffield

Approximate salary range for your type of role: £30 to £42k

IMAG5648.jpgGrowing up, I had decided that I wanted to become a medical doctor; however, work experience stints in the local A&E and nursing home showed me that I was actually more interested in the underlying science of medicine. This led me to read Biomedical Science at the University of Sheffield, further cementing my love of science, and inspiring me to undertake a PhD to get right to the cutting edge of scientific research. Read the rest of this entry »

You might already  know that next Tuesday, October 10th, is recognised by the World Health Organsation as World Mental Health Day, and this year the focus is on mental health in the workplace.

Academic research can be both enormously rewarding and enormously challenging;  82% of researchers who responded to the 2017 Postgraduate Researcher Experience Survey stated that they were satisfied with their research degree programme, yet research by RAND Europe found that more than 40% of postgraduate students felt depression symptoms, emotional or stress-related problems or high levels of stress. Read the rest of this entry »