Busyness is ‘normal’ for a lot of people these days. We all know that due to things like technological advances and internet accessibility, people work longer hours and fit more and more into the same 24 hours a day. As a Ph.D. student I am no exception. Call me strange but I actually enjoy my diary to be full (see […]
“It is not what you know, but who you know”. Although I do not 100% agree with this statement, as I believe hard work can never be underestimated, I do believe that the people you know are very important. Therefore, ‘networking’, which has always made those butterflies in my stomach partake in gymnastics training, is important. I am not particularly […]
This is a continuation of a previous blog post, how to critically read a journal article- so if you haven’t read that yet click https://drofwhat.com/2016/10/26/how-to-critically-read-an-article/?iframe=true&theme_preview=true . If you have, yay- you get a gold sticker! So you have critically read an article and now it is important to summarise it. Why? So that you are sure you understand the content […]
This is the 5th edition of a ‘day-to-day life of a Ph.D. student’. How is it November already?! 6:48am- I could not get up as early as I had hoped, but still early enough for a Monday. It is the first official day of the wildlife tourism Australia conference. This is the first full conference I have attended and whilst […]
I wanted to share my favourite photos from 2016 thus far… Majority of which are ocean related (duh!). All of the photos (apart from the last) were taken on my Sony Alpha a6000- an exceptional camera!
So you have just spent what feels like an eternity trolling through google scholar to find an article that appears to be relevant to your research or assignment topic (at least the title looks relevant), and now you have to read it. How hard can that be? Well learning how to efficiently and critically read an article can take some […]
You are already time poor and potentially money poor…I mean you are a student. So why would you volunteer? Well there are many, many advantages to volunteering which makes it very, very much worth your time. Learn Skills- I think one of the best ways to learn new skills is to put yourself in a new and potentially daunting situation. This can include ‘general skills’ such as public speaking (which I improved through my volunteer position as a netball coach which includes making speeches at presentation nights) or more specific skills such as telephone counselling skills (which I obtained through another organisation I volunteered for). These specific skills will generally be most beneficial if they are relevant to your intended career. Invaluable CV experience- The end game (for most of us students) is employment- and often that includes a ‘dream job’. To get this illusive job you need to develop an impressive CV/resume. Volunteering looks great! It shows that you are willing to give up your time, it gives you additional experience and skills (see point above), and it can also give you contacts for references. Meet people- One of my favourite things to do is meet new, interesting people and you will most definitely do this when volunteering. You will meet like-minded people whom you can share your passions with and successful people that can share their motivation and maybe even their secrets to success with you. Try stuff […]