A PhD is an achievement, not an activity

A PhD is an achievement, not an activity

‘What do you do?’ is a question we’re often asked when we meet someone new. How do you answer? I’m doing a PhD? I’m a researcher? I’m in academia? Actually, you don’t really ‘do’ a PhD at all. I know we say this to our fellow researchers, as a kind of shorthand. Continue reading A PhD is an achievement, not an activity

How to introduce yourself to employers outside academia, after your PhD

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Question: When an employer asks me why I’m leaving higher education after my PhD, what do I say? Answer: Introduce yourself as a professional who’s decided to change employment sectors. One of the most common challenges researchers face when looking for work outside of higher education is knowing how to Continue reading How to introduce yourself to employers outside academia, after your PhD

Feeling like a failure? 4 strategies for beating the post-PhD blues

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You can’t allow feelings of failure to hold you back in your search for jobs outside of academia post-PhD. As I explained in the first part of this post, you need to recognise if the failure story is affecting you, and then tackle it and move on. So in the Continue reading Feeling like a failure? 4 strategies for beating the post-PhD blues