My schedule for finishing my PhD

The last few months have been particularly busy, I have been finishing my PhD, working full time, marking, teaching online, and running this blog. I promise this post isn’t for your sympathy,  it is to be transparent about the difficulties of fitting this much in, but in the same vein showing that it is possible (although probably not sustainable long […]

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Email Etiquette

Sending an email is an integral part of many of our jobs and while it seems so simple (and often it is) the email etiquette can make the whole thing very confusing.  How does one address the person they are emailing? Use formalities (Dr., Professor, Mrs, Mr ?), go with a full name? When is it okay to start using […]

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Greening Your Business

**In Collaboration**  Businesses are facing increasing pressure to reduce their carbon footprint, but it can be tricky to find ways to effectively limit your impact on the environment. For organisations operating in Australia, it’s essential to find the right balance between adopting eco-friendly processes and minimising costs. Find cost-effective ways to green your business with these top tips… Recycle on-site […]

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Finding Your First Professional Job

**In Collaboration** One of the main reasons that we enter a program of higher education, whether it is a college course, a university degree or even a PhD is that we believe that it will increase our employment options when we graduate. Perhaps naively, we assume that having an extra qualification will get our CV or application form to the […]

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Skills to put on your CV

If you find yourself in a similar position to where I was a few months ago. Where you are a PhD student looking to get out of academia and into the industry, then you may be struggling with your CV. It is hard to know what skills you have learnt through your PhD are appealing to employers. Although, I am […]

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Considering Careers that Can Help Others

**In Collaboration** Many of us pursue careers for the sake of money alone. This is understandable. After all, we work to make an income that can provide us with all of our essentials and afford us a better quality of life. But there are other things you might want to take into consideration when considering a career. For some of us, an important factor for our work is helping others. So, if this sounds like you, here are just a few careers you might want to consider that can significantly help others.   Nursing The medical field is a high intensity career option. You’ll work long hours and will have to exert extreme emotional control to give your patients the highest quality of care possible. You will find yourself working alongside some of society’s most vulnerable members, but you will be able to take steps to either get them on the road to recovery, or make them as comfortable as possible while they deal with their illness. There are a number of roles in medicine that you could pursue and each could change people’s lives. But for now, let’s take a look at nursing. Nurses have a long list of responsibilities. They administer injections, give medication to in-patients, take blood samples, take urine samples, manage intravenous lines and observe and record patients’ conditions. On top of this, they will be a general point of contact and support for the friends […]

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Differences between Market Research & Academia

Although both academia and market research revolve around research, that is almost where the similarities stop… Deadlines are very quick in market research and they are non-negotiable.  In market research you can be more creative with data visualisation as you’re not restricted by journal rules or formatting styles Work hours are less flexible in market research than in academia (although […]

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Pintrest is my work BFF

Pinterest is so much more than wedding planning, procrastibaking, and house envy. It is one of my goto tools at work. One of the key elements of my job as a project manager in market research is data visualisation… and I love it! To me, data visualisation is science meets art. It is a way for me to be creative […]

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Medical Careers: What You Need To Know

**In Collaboration**  When it comes to wanting to have a medical profession, there are so many avenues that you can take. The options vary depending on your skills, what you study and even the area that you may want to specialise in. However, if you are just starting out, or you have decided that you want a career in the medical profession, then there are some things that you may want to consider. With that in mind, here are some suggestions.    The study time One of the biggest hurdles you can face when it comes to a medical career is the amount of time that you need to spend studying. So it may be worth considering this when it comes to choosing what profession you want to take up. Different roles in the medical fields will require different lengths of study. For example a nurse or carer will not need to be as long as a doctor or surgeon. However, don’t let the study time put you off if you do want to one of the jobs that requires a lot of study, because it will all be worthwhile in the end.    The traits within your personality Another thing to think about and consider carefully would be your personality traits and where your strengths are. For some people, they may find that they are naturally caring and empathetic people, which makes a career as a nurse or a carer […]

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